By this time of year, I’m in full-on hot cocoa mode. It starts around mid to end-October and lasts through to early Spring. I make it with hot water and almond milk typically or 2% milk, if I add a shot of espresso. Either way I make it, I like it a little less chocolatey whereas Chris likes double the chocolate. So I’ve learned that there’s no specific formula for hot cocoa that works for everyone, but I have yet to find someone who doesn’t love it one way or another!
Below are my favorite brands of hot chocolate. I just tried The Spice House hot cocoa for the first time last week, when I was introduced to it at the Downtown Farmstand. It has a dark chocolate quality and you can see the sugar and vanilla in every scoop. I recently had a hot chocolate with a friend at L.A. Burdick’s shop in the Flatiron district in Manhattan. It was like drinking a cup of your favorite chocolate bar. I treated it like an indulgent meal – delicious! The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Special Dutch Chocolate Powder is a staple in my cupboard, along with the CBTL vanilla powder. You can take the girl out of California, but you can’t take the Coffee Bean outta the girl! I love, love, love the tea lattes and now I make them at home, along with hot cocoa.
After posting my coffee round-up back in August, Chris surprised me with the Nespresso Pixie espresso machine & the Nespresso Aero 3 that froths milk, hot or cold. We use the Aero 3 practically everyday for Chris’ chai tea lattes and my coffee or cocoa drinks. I had to feature it again because it’s such a useful tool in our kitchen! For those of you who like hot chocolate but don’t like the calories, try Nespresso’s Holiday 2011 Variations Dark Chocolate coffee pods. I recently purchased a sleeve and love the hint of chocolate flavor in my coffee.
And I’m obsessed with Wedgewood’s new Kilim mugs. They’re the perfect vessels to enjoy your hot cocoa in!
1. Vosges Haut-Chocolat “La Parisienne Couture” Cocoa 2. Wedgewood Kilim Mugs 3. L.A. Burkick Milk Hot Chocolate 4. Williams-Sonoma Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate 5. The Spice House Hot Cocoa Mix 6. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Special Dutch Chocolate Powder 7. MarieBelle Milk Hot Chocolate with Hazelnut 8. Nespresso Aeroccino 3