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Quotations about Hot Cocoa

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!   SEE ALSO:  WINTER COLD WEATHER CHOCOLATE COFFEE DESSERTS  –Terri

Hot chocolate is like a hug from the inside. ~Violet Sueno, unverified

Ideas should be clear and chocolate thick. ~Spanish proverb  [“Las cosas claras y el chocolate espeso.” ¡Amén, dice Tere! –tg]

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

Elvis:  Coziness inside directly correlates to how bad the weather is outside. And it is VERY cozy inside today!
Puck:  Elvis, it's called "The Cocoa Index," and it's the gold standard measurement of inclement weather.
~Georgia Dunn, Breaking Cat News, 2020 February 6th,

Oh! the tasteless, sloppy concoctions that are set before the public and called "hot chocolate." If you will use rich hot milk, instead of water, with your good brand of chocolate, mix it thoroughly and top it with a spoonful of whipped cream you'll have a drink worthy of the name. ~Jacques Fontaine, "Chocolate — an Acknowledged Leading Flavor at All Soda Fountains," in Confectioners Journal, 1923

"What kind of icing do you fellows want?"...
"Moffee!" said Elizabeth...
"You mean coffee mocha?"
"Yup. Moffee cocoa."
~Frances Frost, Uncle Snowball, 1940

My room faces south and looks out on a little garden. It is perfectly quiet; I have green trees to look upon, and I am amazed at the amount of calm, pure pleasure which I enjoy in this life. From sunrise until ten o'clock I smoke and take my chocolate, sitting at my window and contemplating the plants and October colors. Then I take my lessons and read. I can put up for a long time with a life like this, compounded of work and meditation, of solitude and society. ~Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850), Letters of Two Brides, 1840, translated by Clara Bell and R. S. Scott, 1899  [a little altered —tg]

For those who wish to keep the imagination fresh and vigorous, chocolate is the beverage of beverages. ~Maud C. Cooke, Breakfast, Dinner and Supper, 1897

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  –tg]

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. –tg]

"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

The persons who habitually take Chocolate are those who enjoy the most equable and constant health, and are least liable to a multitude of illnesses which spoil the enjoyment of life. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste, or A Handbook of Gastronomy, 1825, translated from French

Very well then: 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 temporarily become 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. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste, 1825, translated by M.F.K. Fisher, 1949

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