Article submitted by Cécile Zarokian
Anyone who has ever heard of the Angelina Tea House would have also heard about their legendary Old-Fashioned Hot Chocolate “l’Africain.” This thick, decadent hot chocolate has definitely been responsible for putting Angelina on the map and keeping it there for over a hundred years.
The popularity of their classic African Hot Chocolate, however, has overshadowed its equally decadent white counterpart. That’s right. The Angelina Tearoom actually offers a Chocolat Chaud au Chocolat Blanc and it’s just as smooth and heavenly as the classic l’Africain. It’s so thick that it’s almost like melted white chocolate bars in a cup. You could imagine it to be sickly sweet but it’s not at all. Its rich taste and luxurious, velvety feel balanced out by the fresh whipped cream served on the side is pure bliss.
To balance out the richness, pair your pot of Angelina White Hot Chocolate with a Tarte Citron. This lemon tart is a sweet pastry filled with smooth lemon cream and topped with candied lemon. The Demoiselle Tatin would also be an excellent choice. This is Angelina’s tribute to the upside-down tarts made popular by the Tatin sisters. Basically, it’s a deluxe version of the traditional apple pie. It features a crisp crumble crust and fresh caramelized apples spiced with cinnamon, mace, and cubeb pepper. A generous dollop of vanilla ganache tops the beautiful pastry.
While the Angelina African Hot Chocolate will always be the classic choice, the White Hot Chocolate is definitely worth trying. Not only is it divine but it also pairs very well with any of Angelina’s famed pastries.