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Jan 25, 2014 07:29 PM

Recommednation for Hot Chocolate Drink Mix

I love hot chocolate, especially during cold weather. A couple years ago, I bought some nice hot chocolate from TJ Maxx or Home Goods, but I cannot remember the brand anymore. It is not a well known brand.

At this very moment, I am drinking from the Nestle brand. Any recommendation for instant hot chocolate mix? What brand do you like?


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  1. I recently bought some Hot Dark Chocolate mix, as the weather in the east has been miserable.

    Not for everyone, but if one's palate leans towards bitter and less towards milk, then this is a definite winner.

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    1. using a good coco and a spoonful of sugar is just as fast as 'instant'. Just have to add your own fresh milk instead of powdered that comes in the packet. That may take a extra 10 seconds. No comparison. I like Frys cocoa I think the recipe is on the container. Basically mix 2 tsp of cocoa and 2 tsp of sugar in a cup, mix. Depending on how sweet you like it. Boil water, mix a bit in and mix a paste add 3/4 water, stir top with milk or cream. You can nuke a cup of milk and mix into cup holding cocoa for extra richness. My grandma made this for us for years. I just can't do the premixed to sweet. I hope you give it a try.

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      1. re: daislander

        You mean like unsweetened cocoa powder for baking? I have those. Or do you mean different kind of cocoa?

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          Yup. Lots of recipes on the internet. Just saw one on mart has site mix hot milk with nutella! omg. This is also interesting

          1. re: daislander

            I love Nutella and I think I have tried to use Nutella to make drinks when I was a kid. I cannot remember the results, but this conversation is making me want to try again. I have also just tried to use baking cocoa powder. It works ok, but I will need to optimize it.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              For teacher gifts last Christmas, I bought mugs from local artists and packaged them up with a homemade cocoa mix, made from 1 part cocoa to 2 parts sugar, with directions to heat 1 mug milk (or rice/soy/almond milk) in a microwave for 1 minute. Stir in 1 heaping tablespoon of cocoa mix. Microwave another 30 seconds and mix well. Add additional sugar to taste (although I liked it just as it was). I keep a container of that mixed up in my cupboard.

              I found that Saco Premium Dark Cocoa mix (which is a blend of regular and dutch cocoa powder) worked really well here, as well as Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa powder (also a blend). When I'm feeling really decadent, I'll drop a square of dark chocolate into the milk (any type of dark, semi-sweet chocolate works well here) at the beginning, and them microwave it for an extra 30 seconds. The result is a thick, rich chocolate drink reminiscent of what you might get in a cafe in Madrid.

              1. re: Chris VR

                Ah, I was just going to ask you guys about Dutch cocoa too. The current cocoa powder I have is blend of regular and Dutch as well. I tried a 1.5 tablespoons cocoa powder and 1.5 teaspoon sugar along with some hot water and whole milk.

                In other words, is Dutch cocoa desirable?

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  I think it depends on whether or not you're a dark chocolate or a milk chocolate person, because Dutch cocoa has a much stronger and richer chocolate taste. For me, dutch chocolate all the way, although I like 1:2 cocoa/sugar ratio and I like it with all milk.

                  I was surprised, both my kids love this cocoa as well. One of them loves dark chocolate but the other won't touch the stuff.

                  1. re: Chris VR

                    If you wanted to make up a cocoa mix that came closer to what you might get out of a packet of Swiss Miss, you'd probably want non-Dutch cocoa, more sugar and probably also some dried milk powder. That way you could just add hot water.

                    Alton Brown's got a recipe here,

                    2 cups powdered sugar
                    1 cup cocoa (he recommends Dutch process)
                    2 1/2 cups powdered milk
                    1 teaspoon salt
                    2 teaspoons cornstarch
                    1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
                    Hot water

                    Fill mug halfway with this mix, then add hot water to fill the mug.

                    1. re: Chris VR

                      <I like it with all milk.>

                      I like all milk too, but I find it is difficult to dissolve in warm milk, so I now use a bit of boil water to dissolve the cocoa before add the milk. The water to milk ratio may be 1:4.

                      By the way "The current cocoa powder I have is blend of regular and Dutch as well. I tried a 1.5 tablespoons cocoa powder and 1.5 teaspoon sugar along with some hot water and whole milk. " this is far from my perfect recipe. This is just something I tried two days ago -- first trial.

                      1. re: Chris VR

                        I think Dutch-processed cocoa tastes anemic, although it certainly looks prettier than natural cocoa (to be fair, it's in TJ Sipping Chocolate, which I happen to like and which, strictly speaking, contains no chocolate). I grew up on Hershey's from a toddler and as a young child, I pestered my mother to buy Droste because it was in a cool tin. I was REALLY disappointed in the cocoa, though, and I still don't like cocoa that has been Dutch-processed, including Valrhona, which I keep on hand for baking that calls for baking powder (Whole Foods has it in bulk). I keep Trader Joe's natural cocoa on hand for everyday stuff (it's really good for the price) but I this stuff is sublime and I would use it for everything (except the aforementioned baking) if I could afford it. You need to shop around for the best price.

                        1. re: zoe willet

                          Why not perfect? I think it needs a bit more cocoa and a bit more sugar. I probably diluted it too much. However, the one to one ratio seems to be working out for me thus far.

              2. re: daislander

                I have to agree that there's nothing like the stuff made from scratch with cocoa.

                1. re: daislander

                  This is what I do. I find you need to mix the cocoa powder with the sugar and then add a bit of hot water to make a paste, then stir in cold milk, and microwave it until hot.

                  You can also add a bit of vanilla, or cinnamon, or alcohol, or nutella, or almond extract, or almond milk powder, at the paste stage, for variety. I find a mix of cocoa powder and almond milk powder is very nice.

                2. We find Aldies Beaumont hot chocolate to be far superior to other mixes.

                  1. Chuao drinking chocolate is excellent. It comes in 2 varieties, regular and spicy.


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                    1. re: DiningDiva

                      Look nice. I think I may get the Deluxious Dark (regular)

                    2. My favorite is Ghirardellli Hazelnut Hot Chocolate, which you make with hot milk, sold at the regular grocery store.