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View Poll Results: Which product makes the best cocoa/hot chocolate?
Starbucks hot cocoa 1 3.33%
Swiss Miss hot chocolate 5 16.67%
Penzeys cocoa mix 2 6.67%
Abuelita's/bar chocolate preparations 2 6.67%
Hershey's chocolate syrup 1 3.33%
Hershey's cocoa powder recipe 1 3.33%
Dutch cocoa powder recipe 2 6.67%
Other (please specify) 16 53.33%
Voters: 30. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-07-2019, 04:38 PM
 
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swiss miss with a froth of heavy whipping cream and kahlua
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Old 01-07-2019, 05:17 PM
 
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Every December I buy the grated chocolate that is sold in canisters at William Sonoma. I think it is Guittard (sp?) Chocolate. I don't like the powdered stuff. It is all too sweet.
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Old 01-07-2019, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Thanks and reps have gone out to everyone who posted. I haven't voted yet myself, since we are still exploring. Penzeys was the most expensive variety we have bought so far, and was at the bottom of the rankings from the first round. The jar states to put a heaping tablespoon to one cup of heated milk. I did so, and tasted it, and it was so bland I doubled the intensity and added another heaping tablespoon. Still lacked flavor, by a mile, to the Swiss Miss and the Starbucks. My kids actually thought it was the Swiss Miss, and rated it the least tasty of the three. I asked them which they thought each one was, and also to rank them by flavor.

Like I stated earlier, the results have been interesting so far. And it's also interesting that we have a preconceived idea of which brands should taste better or worse than others. Looking forward to tonight's round. I'll have to add that Paula Deen recipe to the roster too! It sounds incredibly rich and sinful.
Well, Penzey’s is not as sweet as others, yes. I like the flavor, myself.
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Old 01-07-2019, 06:01 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Every December I buy the grated chocolate that is sold in canisters at William Sonoma. I think it is Guittard (sp?) Chocolate. I don't like the powdered stuff. It is all too sweet.
That might be a good idea. I use Hershey's powdered baking chocolate and add stevia to sweeten and then some vanilla. But I would love something really luxurious. I don't want it pre-sweetened though. Maybe just some grated dark chocolate and sweeten it myself a little bit with the stevia.
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Old 01-07-2019, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Majestic Wyoming
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My favorite powdered is Stephens Gourmet Hot Cocoa in the dark chocolate flavor. Yum!
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Old 01-07-2019, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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I like made from scratch with 1t cocoa powder, 2t sugar -- mix with 1T hot water, add 1/2t vanilla and then 1C heated half and half. Plop in a peppermint or marshmallow (or both). Sometimes I'll grate some semisweet chocolate on top.
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate
For convenience, Swiss Miss Dark is my go to, when I can find it (and when I do, I stock up)...with a good dollop of Rumpleminze peppermint schnapps.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I like the Abuelita hot chocolate now and then, but it's a totally different product than American cocoa mix. It's very rich when made with whole milk. I don't know if I have a favorite among the American powdered milk based products.
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Old 01-07-2019, 11:31 PM
 
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L.A. Burdick's dark drinking chocolate, melted into a couple of ounces of heavy cream before adding the milk. It's a super rich, not super sweet, grown up hot chocolate indulgence.
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Old 01-08-2019, 08:02 AM
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Other. Kruger cocoa powder from Germany, 250 gr pack I buy for 2.00 euro = usd 2.29. I make hot cocoa from scratch using boiled milk, some brown sugar and cinnamon and/or ginger. Use it also to bake my daughter's favorite chocolate cake. It has an intense cocoa taste pure chocolate flavor. I have tried some others also the fancy ones by Whittard but prefer this one.
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