A few days ago, I posted my version of Mayan Hot Chocolate. It occurred to me that there are all sorts of fabulous hot chocolate-y accessories out there—specifically, hot chocolate pots.
Most hot chocolate pots tend to look like long, tall teapots. Many sit on three or four little feet. Lots include some kind of device to froth your chocolate. If you want to see some excellent vintage and antique versions, take a look at what’s for sale at Ruby Lane.
Here’s the one that I have, as well as a few others you’ll find on the market today.
I picked up my hot chocolate pot, at Williams-Sonoma a few years ago. It was one of those things that I stalked in the store for a month or two, then broke down and bought it. I’ve scoured the Internet, but it looks like they don’t sell it anymore.
It comes in a few pieces, and is for serving only (can’t go on the stove). The long wooden dowel is for frothing. When the pot’s full of hot chocolate, you put the handle between your hands and rub back and forth quickly to whip in more air.
If you look for a hot chocolate pot at Williams-Sonoma today, this is what you’ll find:
The Mauviel Hot Chocolate Pot is shaped to maximize heat and minimize any evaporation. It’s only available online, and as of today was marked down from $199.95 to $79.99. And like a lot of Mauviel’s cookware, it’s lined in tin, which means that you’re going to have to get the inside re-tinned every once in a while, depending on how often you use it.
For a modernized version of the pot I have, you can also find many that have an electric frother. These seem more convenient, though less charming than the old-fashioned ones.
Bodum makes a nice glass version, which means you can see just what’s happening to your hot chocolate. I’ve always liked their teapots, because you can watch your tea brew. This one is about $40 and has a manual frother.
If you have something else you serve your hot chocolate in, but like the idea of a frother, you can get one of those on its own. You can find this one (also by Bonjour, of pink chocolate pot fame above), at Cooking.com for about $20.