Hot Chocolate Week: Day Thirteen
Tonight is the next to last night of Hot Chocolate Week (a strangely long week) and I am actually looking forward to being able to sit back and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate without having to worry about writing up my impressions of it. I’m not burned out on hot chocolate; I’m just burned out on having to put together a coherent review every night. Soon I’ll be able to get back to more normal blogging, but before I can do that I have a couple of important items to address. The first of those items is European Classic Drinking Chocolate from Chocolat Vitale. This packet of loveliness rounded out the package I received from the good folks at Cocoa Connoisseur (who, by the way, have an amazing selection) and it is an interesting animal.
You can tell a lot about a product by its ingredients and that is certainly the case with this one. The simple list of ingredients is as follows: Belgian and Swiss chocolate, cocoa butter, cocoa liquor, vanilla, sugar, and lecithin. It reads like the ingredients of a bar of good chocolate. Preparation is reasonably simple as well. You bring a half-cup of milk to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, add the 1.2 ounces of chocolate in the packet, and whisk until creamy. Given the chocolate to milk ratio it should be no surprise that it mixes up a nice dark brown. One glance makes it clear that you are dealing with a very chocolaty drink. And that’s one of the nice things about this – you can drink it. A couple of the more chocolaty hot chocolates were extremely thick (due to a little cornstarch) and not the most drinkable (but no less excellent for it). This is quite drinkable and very chocolaty. The milk makes it slightly creamy and keeps it from being possibly too strong but doesn’t in any way diminish the taste of real chocolate. It should be no surprise that among the non-Aztec/Maya hot chocolates this one ranks right up there with the Williams-Sonoma as the most chocolate of the bunch. It earns a chocolaty 8.75 out of 10. It’s hard to get more chocolaty than this.
One night left! One hot chocolate left! Then I can start talking holiday chocolate. Plus I’ve got an idea for a little treat to share with everybody. Maybe. We'll see.