2016 was the year of my “Golden Birthday” and “Dirty 30”, so I decided I needed to do something fabulous to really bring in the year right and what better way than spending the day in my favorite city, Florence, Italy! And so that is exactly what I did.
My sister and I started off the day at this amazing little cafe I love going to in the square overlooking the Duomo. I decided to splurge a bit, so instead of having a normal breakfast, we ate specialty cookies, chocolate cake, creamy cheesecake, tarts, more cookies and the most magnificent hot chocolate!
This hot chocolate is life changing. It was thick, creamy, sweet and bitter all at the same time. It was truly a unique experience and nothing like you would expect. It almost reminded me of the chocolate you eat with churros in Spain! I asked the staff how the hot chocolate was made…they were able to tell me bits and pieces, but said they could not give me the full recipte…this much I expected.
The cafe makes the hot chocolate in-house per order. They use a heavy cream, locally sourced, which gives it the wonderful texture that you will fall in love with. It’s almost the same consistency of hot chocolate pudding, but a thinner consistancy. The specialty chocolate blend is slowly stir in the cream until it reaches 300 degrees. The chocolate comes in blocks, not like the powdered Swiss Miss version we are used to drinking here in the good ol’ USA.
The sweet treats and luscious hot chocolate were the perfect way to start my 30th birthday! If you have any fun birthday stories I would love to hear them!