UPDATE: Sipping Dreams is closed.
If you can’t get to Angelina’s in Paris to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate l’Africain, we can recommend a worthy make-it-yourself substitute: Sipping Dreams Drinking Chocolate.
Sipping Dreams is an Oregon company whose hot chocolate has a San Francisco connection: They only use Guittard 72% dark chocolate to make their drinking chocolate.
Hot chocolate is NOT the same as hot cocoa, which is a powdered mixture of cocoa, sugar and miscellaneous ingredients dissolved in hot milk (or water, in the case of instant hot cocoa) that most Americans grew up drinking topped with puffy, white marshmallows.
Drinking chocolate is more like drinking a melted chocolate bar, and looking at the package of Sipping Dreams drinking chocolate, you can see that’s not far from the truth:
Although Sipping Dreams is only available online here in the Bay Area, the 4 Chocolateers of CBTB have enjoyed cups of it and can recommend it. And it’s easy to make: