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Hot Chocolate

SimonF Jan 24, 2011 07:14 AM

What's the best kosher chocolate available for making hot chocolate at home? Bonus points if it is in liquid or powder form, and not needing to be melted down in a double boiler or microwave.

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  1. weinstein5 RE: SimonF Jan 24, 2011 07:37 AM

    I have always liked Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa and its under Kof-K supervisioin - http://ghirardelli.com/about/kosher-p...

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      mamaleh RE: weinstein5 Jan 24, 2011 06:54 PM

      I also like the Ghiradelli Cocoa. I was given a container of Private Selection Cocoa Supreme from Albertson's (I think that is Kroger on the East Coast), and it was surprisingly good too. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's Special Dutch Chocolate should also be on the list.

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        SoCal Mother RE: mamaleh Feb 3, 2011 02:23 PM

        Albertson's is not Kroger, Ralphs is Kroger.

        That said, many store brands are made by the same manufacturers. You can sometimes find that out by looking on the web site of the organization that gives their hashgacha.

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          mamaleh RE: SoCal Mother Feb 3, 2011 03:17 PM

          Thanks. I checked with the person that gave me the container, and it was from Ralph's (Kroger).

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        rockycat RE: weinstein5 Jan 25, 2011 05:53 AM

        Ghirardelli is very good. My daughter is a huge fan of their mocha version.

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        JudithC RE: SimonF Jan 25, 2011 04:00 AM

        I'm sure it was because I was scarred as a child by my families low brow cooking.... but I like the Ko-Sure brand. Its mostly sugar with a bit of chocolate. Its about as far as you can get from the Ghirardelli.

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          zsero RE: JudithC Jan 25, 2011 06:04 AM

          Unfortunately it's pretty much the only option that's chalav yisrael (there are one or two others that are no better)

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            JudithC RE: zsero Jan 25, 2011 06:11 AM

            But I dont keep CY, which is what makes my choice of hot coco even more pathetic LOL

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              avitrek RE: zsero Jan 25, 2011 06:23 AM

              But at that point you should just find parve coco powder and mix in your own milk.

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                mamaleh RE: zsero Jan 25, 2011 07:06 AM

                I just checked my pantry. The Ghiradelli Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa I have is Kof-K pareve. Has the manufacturing changed recently to make it dairy? You just add CY milk or milk substitute.

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                  koshergourmetmart RE: mamaleh Jan 25, 2011 09:19 AM

                  one of lake champlain's hot chocolates is OU-add your own chalav yisrael milk. They have several yummy varieties
                  also like King's cupboard - lots of flavors including spicy
                  godiva makes a yummy one too

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              Rlocker RE: SimonF Jan 25, 2011 07:23 PM

              I warm up a cup of milk in the microwave till VERY hot (otherwise the cocoa will clump). Then I stir in a teaspoon of droste's plain unsweetened cocoa and 1teaspoon maple syrup. (you can use sugar if you prefer a less distinct flavor). Simple, healthy, and delicious!

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                cheesecake17 RE: SimonF Jan 26, 2011 09:51 AM

                You didn't mention that you're looking for something low calorie.. but for those who are--
                Wegman's brand reduced sugar hot cocoa is really good. It has 50 calories per packet and it's OU-D. It has a richer flavor than other 'diet' brands and it doesn't clump as much as other brands that I've tried.

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                  AdinaA RE: cheesecake17 Jan 26, 2011 10:17 AM

                  I am fond of low calorie hot cocoa. Milk-free. I use plain powdered cocoa and artificial sweetener (I know, I know, but you have to cut calories somewhere) Then I go very Aztec and add a dash of Tobasco.

                  It's not your children's hot chocolate.

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                  p.j. RE: SimonF Jan 29, 2011 07:41 PM

                  We use Hershey's powder in the can. Heat the (skim) milk in the microwave. In the mug you want to drink from, mix 2 Tbs. cocoa powder and 1-2 Tbs. sugar. Add the hot milk and a 1/4 tsp. vanilla. And a few Trader Joe's chocolate chips if you don't care about the calories. Delicious.

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                    AdinaA RE: SimonF Feb 3, 2011 10:14 AM

                    It's really easy to add milk powder or fresh hot milk to plain cocoa. I was prompted by the post to do a taste test between Ghiradelli and Hershey. Both are parve, powdered cocoa.

                    Ghiradelli tastes smoother, richer and dissolves better. Hershey is lower calorie. 10 calories per tbsp vs. 15.

                    On other points, hard to say. Ghiradelli has that great old chocolate factory in downtonw San Francisco, on the other hand the street lights in Hershey, PA are in the shape of silver-foil wrapped kisses, with little streamers that read Hershey. And their logo is an American classic. So, if you judge your hot cocoa on design and style grounds, you really do have to drink Hershey.

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                      cappucino RE: AdinaA Feb 4, 2011 02:35 AM

                      Ok. Oddly enough, I went out and bought the Ghiradelli the other day because you all inspired me. It was surprisingly pareve, but in terms of the taste, I was disappointed. It was cream, that's true, but it wasn't as rich as I had wanted it. Frankly, having been to Ghiradelli square and tried the chocolate numerous times, I really wasn't that high on it to begin with. Loved San Francisco, of course. We usually drink the Hershey's cold and love it. When we try it hot, it isn't bad. I will vote for the Hershey's. BTW, Hershey in the winter can be quite charming. They do a whole Valentines/Chocolate theme at the lodge. That said, if someone would please make me a hot cocoa that tastes like Rosemarie chocolate, I would kiss them. Instead, I usually make a great coffee and dip a square of Rosemarie in it. TMI.

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                        AdinaA RE: cappucino Feb 4, 2011 04:07 AM

                        I love the flavor of Rosemarie.

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                          mamaleh RE: cappucino Feb 4, 2011 02:44 PM

                          Here is a recipe for making hot chocolate from a chocolate bar. Perhaps it will work for your Rosemarie chocolate.

                      2. Tamar Genger RE: SimonF Feb 4, 2011 11:10 AM

                        I have searched for a good hot chocolate and found Godiva to be pretty good, but then I discovered the one from Trader Joe's which was less expensive and less calories and still really rich and chocolaty - it is calling Sipping Chocolate, but I think they only sell it in the winter.

                        I also just discovered Taza, I am trying to get them to offer a giveaway soon, but I then just found them in Fairway - but they are not powder, they come in a round chocolate bar for eating or drinking and have interesting flavors like Vanilla Bean and a Spiced one.

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