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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 01-06-2019, 10:39 PM
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Location: South Bay Native
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Tonight was round one of the family's blind cocoa/hot chocolate taste test. We started with Swiss Miss, Penzeys proprietary mix, and Starbucks hot cocoa mix. Tomorrow night and the night after, we will test Abuelita's, Hershey's syrup, a Peruvian chocolate drink made from bar chocolate, Hershey's cocoa from scratch, and a Dutch cocoa imported from the Netherlands also made from scratch. There were a lot of surprises so far, to say the least! Inspired me to post this poll, so what is the best in your household? If other, please specify in your reply!
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Old 01-07-2019, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Other. Store brand cocoa powder recipe.
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Old 01-07-2019, 06:16 AM
 
Location: SE Florida
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This is the best I've ever had!

https://www.pauladeen.com/recipe/wor...hot-chocolate/
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Houston/Brenham
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I love me some Hot Chocolate. And have jumped around, trying to find the best. Not super happy with anything I currently have, so nothing to contribute to this thread yet.

I did try a Mexican style hot choco last year--Abuela's or something like that. Was very disappointed.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate
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Old 01-07-2019, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate
I second that--really sweet and inexpensive.
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Old 01-07-2019, 10:07 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I want to know the answer to this question too.

Currently I just use Hershey's powder. Can't stand Swiss Miss as it is sickeningly sweet.

I'd love some high end chocolate powder. It's a winter treat and I want it to be special.

Tried store brand cocoa powder and it barely even tastes like chocolate.
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Old 01-07-2019, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Phoenix,Arizona
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Nestle Rich Milk Chocolate



Three heaping spoonfuls in a 12oz cup, add just enough water until
it is a 1/4" from top then add a half shot of Amaretto & top
off with Redi Whip
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Old 01-07-2019, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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To be fair, Mexican hot chocolate isn't really comparable to our hot chocolate. It is nearly unsweetened, and typically not pleasing to those who are used to the "regular" stuff. IMHO.


My favorite hot chocolate? Not Penzey's - I won't buy from them. Otherwise, any of them where I can add any of the following:


Triple sec

Heavy cream
Peppermint schnaps


I'm anxious to try one with some kind of salted caramel flavored alcohol, but don't particularly want to buy an entire bottle of that stuff.
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Old 01-07-2019, 04:13 PM
Status: "Back in the kitchen, yay!" (set 18 days ago)
 
Location: South Bay Native
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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.
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