Anyway, it is, so here's a recipe. I made this last week, and it's knee-weakeningly good. You couldn't drink much, since not only is it very alcoholic but also very rich, but everyone you know will love you for making it. Brilliant on these cold evenings.
1 pint sherry OR 1 1/2 pint Red Port
4 1/2 oz Cocoa
6 oz Sugar
1/2 oz Flour
Pinch of Salt
Sieve the powedery ingredients into the sherry and mix until they've dissolved.
Simmer, but don't bring to the boil unless you want to waste all that lovely fortified wine.
Share and drink!
To make a single portion, take a small wine glass (175ml), a teaspoon of cocoa, a teaspoon and a half of sugar, a pinch of flour and a pinch of a pinch of salt.
Nott, John; The Cook's and Confectioner's Dictionary, Or, The Accomplish'd Housewife's Companion; Bible and Crown; 1723; Googlebooks scan from Original at Harvard University, digitized Jul 9, 2007
There may not be a post next week; I'm on a train from 9:00 til 16:30, and I don't know what my net connection will be like. On the other hand, you get a post about the Writing Holiday when I get back!