Hot chocolate has its origins in Spanish countries, but many regionally specific variations of hot chocolate now exist in many countries around the world. The Dutch, in particular, have a special way of making this comforting cold-weather drink.
Tcs claims Dutch hot chocolate is richer due to the extra teaspoon of cocoa powder and the occasional shot of liquor. Meanwhile, Amsterdam-Now says Dutch hot chocolate contains not only dark chocolate but also an egg yolk for additional creaminess — but either way, the drink is noticeably rich.
Dutch cocoa powder has a milder taste due to the alkalization process, which removes acidity in cocoa beans and creates a more subtle flavor. When Dutch cocoa powder is used instead of natural cocoa to make hot chocolate, the flavor expands and has a strong dark chocolate taste.