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Best Hot Chocolate via internet for Holiday gifts

nbermas Nov 24, 2008 02:26 PM

Who has the best most decadent Hot Chocolate where I can buy via the internet and have it sent. I love dark and from all different countries. Thanks for the help! If you have the web site that would help me out quite a bit.

  1. pankpank Nov 24, 2008 03:03 PM

    check out:
    www.atthemeadow.com

    it is a great shop in PDX that I found that specializes in fine chocolates and salts!

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      ChefDell Nov 25, 2008 05:06 AM

      You must give MarieBelle Hot chocolate a try. I believe they have a website so you can purchase on line. The hot chocolate is amazing and the packaging is very nice as well. I had the opportunity to use the chocolate where I work and couldnt stop drinking it. You can actually make a sort of chocolate pudding from the hot chocolate powder....decadent!!!!

      1. re: ChefDell
        Snackish Dec 1, 2008 02:17 PM

        Yes, expensive but really good, and the packaging turns it into a nice gift.

    2. Phoo_d Nov 25, 2008 12:05 PM

      Check out Chuao hot chocolates - in particular the spicy maya - hands down best hot chocolate I've ever had, and I order it online every year along with boxes of the truffles for gifts. People get visibly excited when I drop off the box for x-mas each year!
      http://www.chuaochocolatier.com/
      I'm going to write a post about this company in a few weeks - it's an all time favorite.

      Phoo-D
      http://www.phoo-d.com

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        DiningDiva Nov 25, 2008 02:04 PM

        Good call on the Chuao hot chocolate. They're local for me, all of their chocolates are pretty addicting :-). They've got a chocolate covered bon-bon filled with pasilla chile and raisins (among other things) that is sinfully good, and it's impossible to stop at just one <sigh>

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          beth1 Dec 1, 2008 02:22 PM

          Chuao is the best! I just bought the Spicy Maya and Winter for my husband who is deployed to Iraq. They're one of the few "luxury" items he requests. They travel well, and the flavors are truly unique.

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          HillJ Nov 25, 2008 02:29 PM

          http://www.worldspice.com/blends/0590...
          for hot chocolate both dark & spicy

          From World Spice Merchants

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            pigtails Nov 25, 2008 06:11 PM

            L. A. Burdick Chocolate:
            http://www.burdickchocolate.com/item-group.asp?C49=Drinks-for-Home

            You choose dark, milk, or white. It is best quality grated chocolate that you whisk into hot milk. It is mailed with a tiny whisk. It's amazing!

            http://www.burdickchocolate.com/item-...

            If you live in New England, they are worth a visit, in NH or MA. Especially the factory in NH. Mmmmmmmmmm.

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              ChuaoChocoholic Nov 25, 2008 07:13 PM

              Phoo-D and DiningDiva, we are so delighted that you enjoy our gourmet hot chocolate.

              Did you know that, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we are offering FREE hot chocolate this Friday (Black Friday) from 10 am to 12 noon at all of our Chuao Chocolatier chocolate cafes? Please join us in San Diego and Miami.

              We also are offering $5 off any three-tin hot chocolate gift set in our cafes and on our web store. Just thought you might like to know ;) www.chuaochocolatier.com

              I, personally, am addicted to the hot chocolate. Because there is already dry milk mixed in with the chocolate chunks, it turns out so rich and creamy just by adding water. I love to make the Spicy Maya into a chocolate sauce for ice cream. I admit that I have even gone so far as to sprinkle the dry mix on hot popcorn. Oh my! Indulgence at it's best.

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              1. re: ChuaoChocoholic
                Phoo_d Dec 1, 2008 10:19 AM

                I quite happily ended up in San Diego this past weekend, and managed to squeeze in not one, but two trips to Chuao for a Spicy Maya Mocha. In all honesty, it was pretty much the best part of the entire trip and provided a much needed break from relative craziness! After our second spicy mayan mocha my husband turned and looked at me and said, "If I had to give up wine or this, I'd give up wine." I can't begin to tell you how much he likes wine - so this was a HUGE statement!

                Do you know if I could keep a squirt bottle of the hot chocolate mixed with a little water in the fridge for any period of time? I was thinking it would be awesome to have some mixed up all the time for my morning espresso.

                Thanks for making the best chocolates I've ever had. We even put one of your ganache truffles at each place setting for our wedding guests - we love you!

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                darkchocolatefan Nov 25, 2008 10:10 PM

                I had really good hot chocolate in Boston near Boston Commons. I'm not sure if that was Burdick's or another company. It was a store on a corner and more than a decade ago.

                I like Scharffenberger -- go to their baking chocolate link for their hot cocoa mix.

                http://www.scharffenberger.com/

                Ghiradelli's also has several types of cocoa powder - I like the double choc and hazelnut. Sometimes found in grocery stores.

                http://www.ghirardelli.com/products/hotcocoa.aspx

                Finally it's not as deeply chocolate, a bit too sweet, and perhaps not as high quality but for nostalgia's sake, I also keep Ibarra around in my pantry. Ibarra is Mexican hot chocolate with cinnamon added. Ethnic/ import stores sometimes have.

                http://chocoibarra.com.mx/intro-en.html

                I'm going to try some of the other suggestions on this thread. Has anyone tried using high quality dark chocolate to make cocoa -- e.g. Callebaut, Valhrona, Guittard, etc?

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                  darkchocolatefan Nov 25, 2008 10:34 PM

                  Well this inspired me to look around a bit. Turns out Guittard does have cocoa powder.

                  http://guittard-online.stores.yahoo.net/bakingproducts.html

                  And Sharffenberger has a recipe for hot chocolate using bar chocolate. I suppose you can substitute any dark chocolate bar of your choice. This opens up other possibilities.

                  http://www.scharffenberger.com/re0401...

                  Other brands I have tried and like include Dove, Lindt, and Trader Joe's dark chocolate bars.

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