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Turinese il Bicerin: Chocolate Espresso Drink from Torino

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Ingredients

⅓ Cup Cocoa Powder Dark chocolate shavings or hot cocoa mix can do, in a pinch.
⅔ Cup Water
⅔ Cup Heavy Cream
⅓ Cup Espresso About 2 shots-worth made.
To-Taste Amount Sugar

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Turinese il Bicerin: Chocolate Espresso Drink from Torino

Il bicerin is one of Turin’s most popular local delicacies, a drink which mixes chocolate with espresso, two things which the Italians know well.

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Il bicerin is one of Turin’s most popular local delicacies. Simply made with cocoa, cream, and espresso, this treat is rich and perfect for a cold night or after a hearty dinner. Turin, or Torino to the Italians, is one of the great chocolate destinations of the world, so it comes as no surprise that their specialty drink mixes that with another thing that the Italians know well – espresso.

Steps

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At least 15 minutes before making bicerin, place stainless steel cocktail shaker or jar in the freezer. Fill 2 water goblets or Irish coffee mugs with hot tap water.

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In small saucepan combine chocolate with about ⅔ cup water, and set over medium heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until chocolate coats spoon, about 10 minutes. Add sugar to taste. Shut off heat.

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Empty glasses and wipe dry. Remove shaker or jar from freezer, add cream and shake vigorously 1 minute. To each glass or mug add a shot of espresso and ⅓ cup chocolate, and carefully spoon ⅓ cup cream over top. Serve immediately.

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Notes

* Use a clear glass - half for presentation, but seeing the layers also helps with measuring the ingredients. An Irish coffee mug or water goblet works well.
* If you are aiming to create a perfect layering between the chocolate and espresso tiers, pour the espresso over the back of a spoon into the glass.
* Il Bicerin is a very rich delicacy, and the chocolate layer is more thick than it is liquid, so hot cocoa usually won't suffice.

Christian E.

Christian started as a travel writer over at Everywhere Fare's sister site, Dauntless Jaunter. He is a xenophile who loves documenting cultures through their history, legends, stories, and, as it is here, their cuisines.

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