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Chocolate For Breakfast Continental Style

Updated on May 6, 2017

Dark Chocolate is Best

Chocolate for Breakfast

In many parts of Europe, Spain and Italy particularly, chocolate is a big part of their diet, especially at breakfast.

Try eating chocolate for breakfast, continental style, instead of your usual 'fry up'. You will feel just as satisfied, and it truly is more healthy than fried eggs and bacon.

Eaten as part of a well balanced diet, chocolate can be very healthy. Pure chocolate, with a high cocoa level, contains antioxidants and other nutrients which are very good for our system.

Coffee and Napolitana

Small and Quick but Satisfying Breakfast
Small and Quick but Satisfying Breakfast | Source

Breakfast Continental Style

A continental breakfast usually consists of fresh bread or bread rolls, sweet rolls, croissants, and an array of cheese, boiled eggs, Ham, marmalades and jams, and chocolate, usually in spread form.

You will also see croissants filled with chocolate spread, or covered with chocolate.

The French Pain au Chocolate, or Napolitana in Spain, is a flaky pastry filled with chocolate, and sprinkled with chocolate on top; another common breakfast food.

Children often will be given a piece of fresh bread or baguette, with a piece of chocolate, as a mid-morning snack.

Chocolate Con Churros

Hot and Delicious!
Hot and Delicious!

In Spain, one of the most popular breakfasts is

Chocolate con Churros

This is a cup of very thick hot chocolate, served with churros, which are long, thin doughnut-like pastries, usually eaten dipped in the chocolate.

The chocolate is made in the normal way you would make hot chocolate or cocoa, but with added cornflour or cornstarch.

Boil 3/4 of the milk, add cocoa powder, and sugar to taste.

Mix cornflour with the remaining cold milk and stir till smooth, then add to the mixture on the cooker, stirring all the time, until thickened.

Whisk a little to make sure it is smooth and creamy.

Serve steaming hot with Churros which you can make yourself, too.



200 g of flour

250 mL of water

50 mL sunflower or vegetable oil


Hot oil for frying

Icing gun, syringe or bag with a wide nozzle.

To Make

Boil the water, add the oil and two pinches of salt, turn down the heat and sift the flour into the mixture, stirring all the time, until it forms a ball, with nothing left stuck around the pan.

Remove from the heat, and fill your icing bag .

Pipe the mixture directly into the oil, in strips 3-6 inches long.

Fry until golden, remove from heat and sprinkle with sugar if desired.


More Delicious Morning Treats

Another common breakfast, especially for the young ones, is chocolate milk, either hot or cold, with biscuits or cereals.

Chocolate croissants or soft rolls filled with chocolate spread, can be bought individually wrapped, and children take this for their mid-morning snack at school.

This is not to say that they only eat chocolate, of course they eat ham and cheese, eggs, fruit, all the more widely known breakfast and snack foods, but they do use chocolate as an important part of a healthy diet.

Obesity and heart problems are less common in these parts of Europe, so they must be doing something right!


Don't overdo it!

It really is possible to have too much of a good thing!

Enjoy your chocolate, but within reason.

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    • dianew profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spain

      Thanks for the comment and welcome to hubpages!

      I think the main problem is that most popular chocolate treats have very little cocoa content and this is the healthy part. Dark chocolate with a high cocoa content is the best.

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      Joel Lipman 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      its sad that chocolate has had such a bad rap for so long now, but many wise European friends of mine have always known. It seems that science is finally catching up with what people have known for centuries in some parts of the world. Many of us are experimenting with raw chocolate these days. I just picked up some RAW COCONUT SUGAR which I'm going to try in some brownies.

    • dianew profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spain

      Thanks for the comment Moon Daisy and I hope you enjoy your first experience of Churros. I'm not a fan of chocolate myself but here in Spain it is considered an important part of their diet.

      I will certainly look at your hubs soon.

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      Moon Daisy 

      7 years ago from London

      I think the idea of chocolate for breakfast is a very civilised one!

      And I love so many of the items you mention; pains au chocolat, thick Spanish hot chocolate, chocolate croissants, chocolate milk and biscuits. These all bring back some great memories, and make me feel like eating all those things right now!

      One thing on your list that I haven't tried is churros. They sound very nice, and it's interesting how you make them by piping them into oil with an icing gun.

      A great, mouthwatering hub, thumbs up and awesome. :)

    • martycraigs profile image


      8 years ago

      Yum, this recipe sounds delicious! I don't usually look at food or recipe hubs, but I just couldn't resist one about chocolate for breakfast. Not much of a chef myself, though.

      Thanks for sharing this!


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