What is SIPS?

Every week or so, I send out an email with reviews of hot chocolates, travel tips for the locations featured, a list of chocolate news from around the world and some sipping tips. It is all the chocolate you never realised you needed in your life

A big focus of my work is on sustainability so I always include bits relating to sustainable production and consumption.

I’m currently writing a book on chocolate for a major publisher and will share some of the insights and research from that process here as well.

If you are a chocolate lover, a traveller or interested in the story behind the foods you eat, please subscribe!

Changing the way we view hot chocolate, one sip at a time…

“Chocolate now has become something that is tipped out of a little paper bag, into a cup, dissolved with hot water and served with artificial whipped cream or a marshmallow stuck on top. This is not hot chocolate and it really pains me to think that a whole generation is growing up never knowing the glories of a truly well-made cup of hot chocolate”. James Beard, 1974

Who am I?

Hi. My name is Giselle. I’ve been documenting hot chocolates I have tasted around the world for over a decade now and write them up on my blog www.ultimatehotchocolate.com. What started out as a love of hot chocolate has taken on a life of its own. I am now a trained chocolatier and professional taster and specialise in sustainability issues in the cocoa supply chain. I use chocolate as a way of raising awareness about sustainability issues and vice versa. I am an author of 2 best selling books on business and sustainability and write for several publications including Gourmet Traveller and the Financial Times.


Travelling around the world in search of the Ultimate Hot Chocolate.