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Jan 24, 2011 07:14 AM

Hot Chocolate

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. I have always liked Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa and its under Kof-K supervisioin -

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    1. re: weinstein5

      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.

      1. re: mamaleh

        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.

        1. re: SoCal Mother

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

      2. re: weinstein5

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

      3. 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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        1. re: JudithC

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

          1. re: zsero

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

            1. re: zsero

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

              1. re: zsero

                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.

                1. re: mamaleh

                  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

            2. 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!

              1. 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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                1. re: cheesecake17

                  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.

                2. 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.