Welcome to my page of quotations about hot chocolate, hot cocoa, and drinking chocolate. ‘Chocolate’ used to refer to a beverage used medicinally, more bitter than the hot cocoa we know and love today. As it caught on as a sweeter beverage enjoyed leisurely, it was served in chocolate houses, similar to coffee shops, and was even the basis of social clubs. The quotes below refer to hot chocolate in all its forms throughout history. Enjoy!
“Hot chocolate is like a hug from the inside.” ~Violet Sueno
“Ideas should be clear and chocolate thick.” ~Spanish proverb [“Las cosas claras y el chocolate espeso.” ¡Amén, dice Tere!
“Its nutritive power is great, and its use is recommended to men of letters, consumptive people, and ladies, whose charms a cup of chocolate every morning for breakfast, is said to preserve surprisingly.” ~Scammell’s Universal Treasure-House of Useful Knowledge, edited by Henry B. Scammell, 1889
“He retires to an easy chair, where after his exertions he recruits his nerves with a cup of chocolate or cocoa. This seems to revive him…” ~“Beaus of England: Wilmot, Earl of Rochester,” in The Illuminated Magazine, 1843
“People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are not taking cold.” ~John Jay Chapman (1862–1933), letter
“From Algernon Bourke we learn that the whole modern system of club life owes its existence to the introduction of coffee into England, and that this drink gave birth to the coffee-houses. From the coffee-house sprang the chocolate-house, and at both the admission fee of one penny laid on the bar by an entering visitor opened all the attractions of the interior for his enjoyment. There he might pass the entire day, transacting business, talking politics, discussing the last play or poem, playing dice or cards, imbibing October ale, and satisfying the cravings of hunger with beefsteaks and venison pasty.” ~F. Lawley, “The History of White’s Chocolate House by Bourke,” in Baily’s Magazine of Sports and Pastimes, December 1892 [a little altered
Chocolate-house, n. A place of entertainment or social club at which drinking chocolate was sold. [In “The Humours of Whist,” a satirical play by Hoyle, the master of the chocolate-house was named Cocao.
sparks of love
rich hot cocoa
in festive mugs
~Terri Guillemets, “Winter heat,” 2008
“Cocoa,” she said. “Cocoa. Damn miserable puny stuff, fit for kittens and unwashed boys. Did Shakespeare drink cocoa?” ~Shirley Jackson, The Bird’s Nest, 1954
“If any man has drunk a little too deeply from the cup of physical pleasure; if he has spent too much time at his desk that should have been spent asleep; if his fine spirits have become temporarily dulled; if he finds the air too damp, the minutes too slow, and the atmosphere too heavy to withstand; if he is obsessed by a fixed idea which bars him from any freedom of thought: if he is any of these poor creatures, we say, let him be given a good pint of amber-flavored chocolate… and marvels will be performed.” ~Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755–1826)