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Hot Chocolate/Cocoa Mix in Toronto?

What do you think is the best cocoa or hot chocolate mix and where can you buy it in Toronto?

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  1. If I am using a 'mix' then it is usually -Abuelita by Nestle- this is sold in a yellow box that contains several hockey puck like rounds of chocolate that are pre scored into serving sizes. You just melt the amount you want into hot milk. It is a 'Mexican' style hot chocolate with cinnamon etc.

    There are several other brands in the same style, and you can find them at Perola in Kensington - and by now probably several other places.

    G.

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    1. re: legourmettv

      You can also check out Soma's hot chocolate mix. You can get it at their shop in the Distillery. It also has chiles in it. Very tasty stuff, especially when only mixed with steamed milk.

      1. re: legourmettv

        i find the abuelita rather sweet... but it is super convenient for afternoon hot chocolate breaks.

        1. re: pinstripeprincess

          I get how many could find it too sweet, as I also do on occasion... I've been know to break a little bit of dark bitter choco into the mix from time to time to temper the sweet.

          G.

      2. Williams Sonoma sells a creamy hot chocolate 'mix' for the holiday season. It's actually chocolate shavings.... reminded me of the hot chocolate fr Angelina's in Paris. No, it's better! Not cheap tho... $24 a can!

        I was disappointed by the new PC hot chocolate.

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        1. re: goodmom8

          Williams Sonoma's Hot Chocolate just went on sale for $11.99 a can. I just bought one can of the Peppermint Hot Chocolate to try it..
          Also just got an e-mail that all regular priced stuff in the store is 20% off starting Saturday until December 24th.
          A chance to buy something that never goes on sale now.
          Some of their boxes of chocolates are on sale too. The good stuff like the pepermint Creams are only 20% off. Try the samples of their Peppermint Bark-very good.

        2. There is a new PC hot dark chocolate mix in the current Insider's Report. It contains a high percentage of cacao and sounds interesting. I haven't tried it yet. It seems to have sold out quickly at the several Loblaw's I get to.

          The Mexican style chocolate pucks are very nice if you like cinnamon and almond in your chocolate.

          For cocoa, there's Droste, Ghirardelli, and Scharfenberger among others. For whatever reason, real cocoa is often hard to find these days.

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          1. re: embee

            "There is a new PC hot dark chocolate mix in the current Insider's Report. It contains a high percentage of cacao and sounds interesting. I haven't tried it yet. It seems to have sold out quickly at the several Loblaw's I get to."

            Have you checked the candy/chocolate bar section? That's where I found it at Superstore. Odd place to put it.

          2. Check out Green & Black's line of organic hot chocolate & cocoa powders. I find they make excellent hot chocolate.

            1. The Cocoa Camino organic dark mix is pretty solid. You really have to try their dark Mint chocolate bar though, it's fantastic! Great peppermint crunch intermingled within the bar.

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              1. re: Chester Eleganté

                We've tried quite a few and cocoa camino is our fave, especially if you go easy on the milk and froth it up with a whip. If the SOMA mix is anywhere near as good as the store, it'll be good too.

                1. re: DoNutAlter

                  The Soma mix is, in fact...somewhere near as good. :) It's not quite the same as having it in the store, but it is darned good.

                  1. re: Wahooty

                    dang, there was a package of soma hot chocolate floating around at christmas, but it got given away, as like a "gift" or whatever. Will have to try t score some next time I"m down there.