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What Makes Dutch Hot Chocolate Unique?
By Crystal Antonace
Hot chocolate has its origins in Spanish countries, but many regionally specific variations of hot chocolate now exist in many countries around the world. The Dutch, in particular, have a special way of making this comforting cold-weather drink.
Tcs claims Dutch hot chocolate is richer due to the extra teaspoon of cocoa powder and the occasional shot of liquor. Meanwhile, Amsterdam-Now says Dutch hot chocolate contains not only dark chocolate but also an egg yolk for additional creaminess — but either way, the drink is noticeably rich.
Dutch cocoa powder has a milder taste due to the alkalization process, which removes acidity in cocoa beans and creates a more subtle flavor. When Dutch cocoa powder is used instead of natural cocoa to make hot chocolate, the flavor expands and has a strong dark chocolate taste.