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Hot Chocolate Week: Day Six

It’s night six of Hot Chocolate Week! Only one more day to go and… I don’t know if I’m going to be able to pull off tomorrow’s big finish. But that’s something for me to worry about tomorrow. Tonight I have Williams-Sonoma Hot Chocolate to hold my attention and let me tell you – it is very worth the attention.

So I went to the mall to get some Godiva hot chocolate mix. I wanted something to round out the week and figured that would fit the bill nicely. But I can’t go to the mall without sticking my nose into Williams-Sonoma to look at all the pretty toys I would so love to have in my kitchen. And what do I see as I walk in the store? Hot chocolate of course. It was about then that I remembered that I had been carrying around a W-S gift card since my birthday and just never got around to using it. Well, that changed quickly enough. A big can of hot chocolate mix and Gale Gand’s new cookbook, Chocolate & Vanilla, went home with me and I ended up not setting foot one in the Godiva.

Not that it wouldn’t have gone home with me without the gift card. One look at the ingredients is all it would have taken. They are, in their entirety: bittersweet Guittard chocolate, soya lecithin, and pure vanilla. Oh, my. It’s virtually all chocolate. How wrong is that? There’s no hope for microwave instructions for this one. The can says to heat a cup of milk and whisk in 5 tablespoons of chocolate mix and stir until it’s all dissolved. What you are left with is a beautiful deep brown with a nice chocolate aroma with not a hint of sweetness. The taste is, as one would expect, deep chocolate. The milk softens the bittersweet chocolate a little and makes it very smooth and mellow without making it any less rich. This is some darn good hot chocolate and I’m calling it an 8.75 out of 10. I have a suspicion that if I substitute cream for some of the milk it could be even better.

That’s six nights of hot chocolate down and one BIG night left. I have six hot chocolates on deck for the grand finale. I’m not really sure I can manage to knock off six hot chocolates in one day. Time will tell, I suppose.


Kat Said:

oh my gosh, I'll have to get this one when I'm back in the States! And I know what you mean about going to the mall and just "browsing" in W-S. I think you should go one more week of Hot Chocolate :)

Jill Said:

Oh, we were given a can of this for Christmas, and it's just DIVINE! I love it. I like to sprinkle some extra chocolate on top after stirring most of it in, just to get more more more of that delicious chocolately taste :)

Carlee Said:

I am so obsessed with hot chocolate. I just tried some of this hot chocolate today and it was amazing. Do you know of a hot chocolate that is any better than this one? It's the best I've tried so far. I wrote a blog post about it this morning. I wish they still sold it, but I can't find it anywhere. It was given to me as a gift.

Elaine Said:

I am obsessed with hot chocolate too! When I run out of my favorite, the Williams-Sonoma hot chocolate, I go to Whole Foods Market and pick up the Lake Champlain Old World shaved hot chocolate there. Because it's a little too choclatey for my liking, I mix it with some chocolate Ovaltine. Fabulous...
It's pricey too, but we're worth it!

Mary Jane Said:

My husband is addicted to this stuff. I give it a 10 out of 10. It's perfect.

susan bigger Said:

How can I get the Williams Sonoma Hot Chocolate - other than at Christmas?

candy Said:

Unfortunately you cannot get the good hot chocolate at W&C any other time of year besides Christmas. I made the mistake of buying their other type that they stock all year and it was no where near as good. It's just like Christmas - it only comes one time a year and I can't wait! I have enough for one more cup...

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