Normally my Italian sweet tooth is satisfied with gelato and tiramisu, but this past year, Anne, one of our group participants discovered thick hot chocolate drinks at Antica Cioccolata Eraclea near San Michele Piazza in Lucca. When we think of drinking in Italy, we usually think of enjoying fine wines and espresso, but chocolate is also an important ingredient in Italy.
Italian style drinking chocolate, cioccolata calda, is not the same as hot cocoa though. Drinking chocolate is thick but not that sweet. The chocolate flavor is rich, refined and velvety. Then to surprise the palate, flavors of orange, pistachio, piccante and many more are added to the chocolate at your request.
You can make this at home by investing in chocolate powder mix and a chocolate pot sold on the Eraclea website.
Enjoying the local chocolate shop on Via Filungo after a very full day of biking, touring and shopping, is a must. A happy marriage of orange slices, papaya or figs and dark chocolate is a sure way to put a smile on anyone’s tired face.
May your new year be filled with all things sweet, and may deliciousness permeate your life, literally creating THE SWEET LIFE, la dolce vita!