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Old 07-15-2011, 10:12 PM
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I make it both ways. I will use a packet of swiss miss if I am in a hurry but I prefer to make it homemade with chopped up hersheys chocolate and a few andes mints. I use 2% milk for both.
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I must say that I have never given this much thought to hot chocolate or hot cocoa. I have had more of the powdered than any other kind, but I am an open minded person, if it's chocolate and it's hot I'm all for it.
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I have never had any that wasn't made from a powder. It never occurred to me to make it any other way. Now my interest has officially been peaked. Oh and I prefer milk over water.
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The preference of milk over water in powdered cocoas is due to the milk solids NOT included in most commercial mixes. This is to extend shelf life. Any decent powdered cocoa will have an expiration date.

I want to reach the point someday where I can easily acquire and roast and grind my own cocoa beans from different places around the world. Different climates produce different flavor profiles in chocolate, much like wine. That makes for wonderful possibilities for truely fresh cocoa that is unique and irresistible.

To me it is one of those products I dream of bringing to market...under our Christmas label, of course.
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For the past.....ooh........3 years, my ornament exchange partners have been the same (yes, I have 2!!) One lives in Belgium, the other in the Netherlands and the one constant they both send me (and quite honestly these are just about the highlight of the whole event for me) is this



Thick chunk of solid Belgian chocolate on a stick which you swirl around in your hot creamy milk.

Hey, I'm going to die sometime right, so if it's with clogged arteries, so be it; I'll die happy!!!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by Snow-in-Texas View Post
I am an open minded person, if it's chocolate and it's hot I'm all for it.
Bravo, spoken like a true hot-chocoholic!

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I want to reach the point someday where I can easily acquire and roast and grind my own cocoa beans from different places around the world. Different climates produce different flavor profiles in chocolate, much like wine. That makes for wonderful possibilities for truely fresh cocoa that is unique and irresistible.

To me it is one of those products I dream of bringing to market...under our Christmas label, of course.
Mmmmmm ... I want to be on the mailing list for that ...

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For the past.....ooh........3 years, my ornament exchange partners have been the same (yes, I have 2!!) One lives in Belgium, the other in the Netherlands and the one constant they both send me (and quite honestly these are just about the highlight of the whole event for me) is this



Thick chunk of solid Belgian chocolate on a stick which you swirl around in your hot creamy milk.

Hey, I'm going to die sometime right, so if it's with clogged arteries, so be it; I'll die happy!!!!!!!!
Ooh, I'd love to try that!
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First of all, don't you guys have this:


I believe this brand is totally dutch, we call it 'the only real one', it is ready to drink chocolate milk from a carton, you can also heat it. My boyfriend sweares it's the best in the world.

For me, I like it any way, but if I get the choice I will make a combination of coffee, non whipped ganache and some extra ingredient to make a delicious warm coffee chocolate drink
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For the past.....ooh........3 years, my ornament exchange partners have been the same (yes, I have 2!!) One lives in Belgium, the other in the Netherlands and the one constant they both send me (and quite honestly these are just about the highlight of the whole event for me) is this



Thick chunk of solid Belgian chocolate on a stick which you swirl around in your hot creamy milk.

Hey, I'm going to die sometime right, so if it's with clogged arteries, so be it; I'll die happy!!!!!!!!
Oh yes those are great! Don't you have those in America/England?
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First of all, don't you guys have this:


I believe this brand is totally dutch, we call it 'the only real one', it is ready to drink chocolate milk from a carton, you can also heat it. My boyfriend sweares it's the best in the world.
The chocolate milk in a carton around here is usually skim or 1%, and if you heated it up, it wouldn't be very good as hot chocolate.

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Oh yes those are great! Don't you have those in America/England?
I've never seen them in the U.S.---wonder if they can be had online? There's a mail-order catalog in the U.S. called The Vermont Country Store that sells what they call Irish hot chocolate, which is a one-ounce piece of chocolate that you're supposed to melt into hot milk, but I haven't ordered any. Sounds good, though.
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