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Winchester Restaurants Talk Hot Chocolate

Have you ever wondered what hot chocolate looks like around the world? From different consistencies to unique ingredients we wouldn’t even think of, the varieties are endless! January 31st happens to be National Hot Chocolate Day, so this month, we’re exploring a few different recipes for hot chocolate worldwide! So in the meantime, stick around to learn, and maybe find a new hot chocolate recipe to try! When you’re in the mood for a hearty breakfast, visit one of your favorite Winchester restaurants, Swanton Street Diner!



Belgian chocolate. Need we say more? Belgian hot chocolate consists of half and half or whole milk with both milk and dark chocolate stirred in. Once the chocolate is melted, a pinch of cinnamon is added for extra richness in flavor. And, of course, this cozy beverage is topped with whipped cream!



This may not be an original version of hot chocolate in Canada, but this one will definitely keep you warm during those snowy winter days. We’re talking about maple hot chocolate, with a hint of whiskey! This recipe calls for Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur, your preferred brand of whiskey (we recommend Jim Beam), and pure Canadian maple syrup. All this mixed in with a hot cup of cocoa, and you’re ready to take on that winter weather! For a little extra fun, we encourage you to garnish your beverage with chocolate-covered bacon!


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Compared to the hot chocolate that we know in the U.S., that’s typically made with water or a milk base, Parisian hot chocolate is much more rich and luxurious. And much sweeter, may we add! This recipe calls for 70% cocoa (or more) with heavy cream and whole milk for the ultimate velvety texture. Brown sugar and pure vanilla are also added for extra sweetness. It’s then topped with a heavy dollop of fresh whipped cream. It’s so thick, you can even enjoy it with a spoon!



This is a cup of hot chocolate we think everyone needs to try at least once! A combination of sweet and savory, Colombian hot chocolate with cheese is a favorite among many. Yes, that’s right- cheese! The best type of cheese, in this case, would be halloumi, mozzarella, queso fresco, and queso blanco. The trick here is to let the cheese sit in the hot chocolate to melt and eat it with a spoon. Our advice is, don’t knock it until you try it!

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Visit One of Your Favorite Winchester Restaurants for National Hot Chocolate Day!

At Swanton Street Diner, we pride ourselves on serving the best options when it comes to the most important meal of the day- breakfast. We hope you enjoyed this article about what hot chocolate looks like worldwide. If you’re interested in celebrating National Hot Chocolate Day, we encourage you to dine in with us! You can visit our website for more information on our hours along with our menu!


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