Chocolate Pots

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About

A chocolate pot is a container which was designed to serve hot chocolate. The typical pot had a right-angle handle, a lid with an aperture which allow a wooden stirrer (molinet, molinillo). The earliest chocolate pots were made of precious metals such as silver and copper. Later porcelain pots were popularized by the Limoges factory in France.

Chocolate Pot History

>Chocolate was so revered it was used by the Aztecs as both a food and currency. The Spanish explorers were so enamored with the flavor that they took chocolate back to Spain where it became the the Kings' Official Drink in the New Spain and Europe.  Around the end of the XVIII century(1780 - 1800) , Europeans started preparing chocolate with milk and sugar to create what we know today as Hot Chocolate.  In fact the drink became so popular many of the leading European porcelain manufactures such as Limoges in France began making specialized pots and cups just to serve chocolate.

limoges chocolate pot set

The photograph above is a nice example of a chocolate set made by Haviland, Limoges. Sets normally included a pot, cups, and many times matching saucers, trays.  These sets are still manufactured today.  The antique and vintage pieces have become quite collectible and valuable.

Chocolate Pots Made of Precious Metals

silver chocolate pot

 

Early chocolate pots, prior to the discovery of kaolin porcelain in France were typically made of sterling silver and sometimes copper.  Earliest pieces typically included the chocolate stirrer but later pieces became simply pouring vessels. 

Distinguishing A Chocolate Pot From A Coffee Pot

It is difficult to tell the difference between a coffee pot and a chocolate pot. The two features to look at are the spout on the exterior of the pot and the inside of the spout. Coffee pot spouts are typically long and sometimes arched. A chocolate pot has a fairly short spout. The inside of a coffee pot just before the spout typically has a filter (a small partition with holes) that keeps grounds from getting into the cup. A chocolate pot would not have the filter.

Buy A Chocolate Pot

Very few chocolate pots are still made today. We've selected this Louis XVIII reproduction chocolate pot, made in France. 

To use, place the chocolate ingredients are placed in the pot.  Place the  "molinillo"  in the pot and slide the cover in place over the handle of the molinillo. With the cover in place, hold the molinillo between your two hands and with a rubbing motion froth the liquid.  Hold the pot from the top and side handle to pour the chocolate into cups. 

The design is simple and timeless. The pot is made of culinary quality porcelain and holds 29 ounces.

french chocolate pot with wooden stirrer
Pot Dimensions
height inc/lid: 8 1/2" to top of lid
height: 7 1/2" to top of pot
molinet: 11 3/4" - Buy 

Oaxacan Chocolate Pot

 Traditional Oaxacan Chocolate pot

The picture above is of two dark green glazed chocolate pots from Oaxaca, Mexico.  Oaxaca is famous for Mexican drinking chocolate.  These pots are still made and used today for preparing chocolate.  The traditional "frothing" tool is a Mexican Molinillo.

Virtual Chocolate Pot Museum

If you are a collector or just enjoy seeing these historical pieces, please visit our collection of chocolate pot images in our virtual museum.

Sources and Credits

Author:  Barbara Bowman 
First Posted:   August 21, 2005 
Updated:     April 15, 2014

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Barbara Bowman graduated with degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Jose State University. As CEO of GourmetSleuth.com she spends most waking hours writing, cooking, eating, gardening and traveling.