For those of you love ice cream as much as I do but are disheartened by the cold, I’ve found a solution.
I’ve never actually sat down in the salon de thé at Berthillon; I’m usually drawn there in warmer weather for a boule (or, more likely, two) of their legendary ice creams and sorbets. But the other day, while walking around Notre Dame with a visiting friend, hot chocolate came up in conversation. And then it was impossible to think of anything else. We weren’t far from Berthillon. Surely they would serve a decent chocolat chaud.
Actually they do one better: An affogato au chocolat. It’s a scoop of any flavor of ice cream, served with a tiny pitcher of the hot chocolate base (more cocoa-y than chocolaty), another pitcher of hot steamed milk, and heap of chantilly, laced with more chocolate and bits of praline.
I started with just a little of the chocolate so that the ice cream wouldn’t all melt immediately. As you like. It all turns into a richer than rich soup after a little while, which is not a complaint.
Berthillon 29 rue St. Louis en l’Ile, Paris 75004, +33 (0)1 43 54 31 61