Definition: Melted bits of chocolate blended with hot milk, water and/or cream. Chocolate bits should be uniform in size to avoid uneven melting or scorching as the chocolate melts. They may be chopped or shaved from a block or bar, or pre-made into pellets. Creamier hot chocolates are richer, while hot chocolates with a bit of water emphasize the subtleties of the chocolate more. Hot cocoa is sometimes incorrectly marketed as 'hot chocolate.'
Also Known As: Drinking Chocolate, Sipping Chocolate