food & wine: Mindo hot chocolate at Zingerman's Next Door listed as among best in country
Jessica Webster | AnnArbor.com
In their list of 25 of the best hot chocolates in the country, Food & Wine has included the Mindo Hot Chocolate from Zingerman's Next Door. The drink, which sells for $3.50, is made from Ecuadorian cocoa powder from Dexter's Mindo Chocolate Makers, sugar, and milk from Calder Dairy in Carleton. The drink is then topped either with whipped cream or a housemade marshmallow (offered in chocolate or vanilla).
Zingerman's Next Door takes hot chocolate pretty seriously. The Mindo Hot Cocoa is just one of five different drinking chocolates on the menu. Other offerings include a Mayan hot cocoa made with chipotle and ancho chiles, a cinnamon spiced Oaxacan chocolate, steamed with water, and a Spanish drinking cocoa so thick, it requires a spoon.
Fans of the Mindo hot cocoa can make the drink at home. The cocoa powder is available for purchase in 8-ounce jars at Zingerman's and other area retailers.