Gelato and Hot Chocolate: a Chocolat double-header

February 3rd, 2011 · Tags: Chocolate · Food · Gelato · Italy · Milan

Yesterday I met with a longtime blog reader & fellow food blogger who was in town for business in Milan (I love it when that happens!) – she asked me to recommend some gelaterie but I did one better and joined her for a gelato close to where she was staying, at Chocolat near Cadorna station. (Check it out on my Tour del Gelato)

Pistachio, cinnamon and hazelnute chocolate gelato at Chocolat, Milano

Two medium coppette di gelato at Chocolat, Milano

And just because we could, and we’re in that funky period where both gelato and cioccolata calda, hot chocolate, are both acceptable and desirable, we ordered a cioccolata fondente con panna – dark hot chocolate with whipped cream. Delicious.(Ok, so we didn’t finish the hot chocolate, but we tried).

Hot chocolate, cioccolata calda at Chocolat, Milan

Then I was in a sugar coma for the rest of the evening.

Would you have gone for a double-header? Gelato and hot chocolate, or two gelati or two hot chocolate?

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  • 1
    Karen // Feb 3, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Gelato and hot chocolate! For sure. I’m looking forward to taste this delicious combination when I’m in Milan. Mmmmmm.

  • 2
    Joanne at Frutto della Passione // Feb 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    My son loves to go there. It is usually a special treat after a visit to the dentist, who just happens to be in that neighbourhood. Yes, I realize that taking him for ice cream after a dentist visit is questionable, but there you have it.

  • 3
    Beth // Feb 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Sounds like the perfect combo to me! And I LOVE the napkins – too cute!!

  • 4
    Valerie // Feb 3, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Yes. Affogato style with hazelnut gelato. This was the first thing I couldn’t wait to share with my friend who came to visit me in Florence last year – I hadn’t seen her for 25 years and this reminds me of that awesome reunion with her. Just a small fondente with gelato, but you can never go back to regular hot coco powder in the US once you do this. Thank you for the photos – a ‘sweet’ reminder of the good things in life.

  • 5
    Ms. Adventures in Italy // Feb 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    @Joanne – you’re the best mom :)

    @Valerie – a little too cold for affogato for me, but I love it, too!

  • 6
    The Food Hunter // Feb 3, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I would go for the double header!

  • 7
    Lynda // Feb 3, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Sounds wonderful, but the last time I had Italian hot cocoa, it gave me a terrible migraine from being so strong. Enjoy it!

  • 8
    erin // Feb 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    YAY! You told us to go there too when we met up with you in Milan :) SSSSO good…loved this place!

  • 9
    Jaime @ la vie...j'aime // Feb 3, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    i used to get one in florence at a cafe in piazza della repubblica EVERY day when i studied abroad there. I miss it /want one so badly now!

  • 10
    Artemis // Feb 3, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Un espresso gelato con un doppio espresso. Non ci può mai essere abbastanza caffè espresso per me. Il mio motto è tutti i caffè espresso tutto il tempo. :D

  • 11
    Joanne // Feb 4, 2011 at 12:09 am

    It sounds wonderful! We are still under 5 feet of snow here is Canada so I would definately go for the double hot chocolate with extra whipped cream.

  • 12
    Kristen // Feb 4, 2011 at 1:32 am

    OH, I LOOOOOVE this gelateria in Milano!! It was 2007 when we were there but I can still taste the cioccolato arancia. I would be in so much trouble if I lived in Milano. Yummmmm!

  • 13
    ChocolateCentral // Feb 4, 2011 at 1:37 am

    I would definitely have gone for the cioccolata fondente con panna – dark hot chocolate with whipped cream and saved the gelato for warmer weather. It must be quite cold there in Milan this time of year, so yeah, just the hot chocolate and definitely the dark chocolate. How fun to have met up with another fellow food blogger. I hope I get that opportunity down here in Tepoztlan, Mexico.

  • 14
    sheryl // Feb 4, 2011 at 8:42 am

    It was so fun to meet you! Also love that we could both agree that having both gelato and hot chocolate was an acceptable idea. :) Next time, affogato!

  • 15
    cindy // Feb 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    The best hot chocolate I ever had was in Tuscany. Nothing compares. Is there a way to make it at home?

  • 16
    saretta // Feb 4, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    You did the right thing! ;-)

  • 17
    Caffettiera // Feb 4, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    @Joanne: my mum allowed us to eat fast food hamburgers as a special after dentist treat (fast food hamburgers in Milan in the eighties, if you were a little kid, were the coolest thing ever) and our daddy brought us special ice cream in the evening.

    By the way, I love this gelateria too, but never had their hot chocolate. When it was cold I always got gelato cravings for some reason. Weird me, I know.

    For those interested: the very special gelateria my dad treated us with still exists, it is in Piazza Cinque Giornate, Gelateria Umberto: it is still excellent, expensive and almost always closed. A true milanese experience :)

  • 18
    Three-Cookies // Feb 5, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Very very tempted to go for the double header – however since I am not in Italy I would be happy with even half a serve of good gelato. Lucky you:)

  • 19
    L // Feb 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I would definitely choose both. I would love to check out this gelateria next time I am in Milan.

  • 20
    parisbreakfast // Feb 6, 2011 at 7:26 am

    OMG!!!
    I would go in an instant if I could…
    I will be in Venice in March if all goes as planned
    Would that they had a branch there…
    I can not live without my daily hot chocolate…

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