I thought I would continue on the theme of hot chocolate for my first post of the year. I was lucky enough to receive some for Christmas.
Purchased from: Hotel Chocolat
Dairy/lactose free: Dairy free. I cannot see any gluten or dairy containing ingredients on the list, however, it does not say vegan or gluten free on the packaging, so please use caution if these things apply to you.
Description of product: Flakes of 70% dark cocoa hotel chocolat chocolate, which you can stir into hot milk to create a hot chocolate.
I was excited about trying this hot chocolate, especially as I love pretty much all things hotel chocolat, including a hot chocolate which I had when I visited Liverpool – here is the link if you want to check out my review of that:
The hot chocolate mix that I received was probably quite similar to this. I loved that the mix was little flakes of chocolate, as it gave it a really luxurious and special feel to it, and makes it stand out from the usual powders that you buy.
I mixed mine with soya milk, which is my go-to milk alternative. However, at their café, Hotel Chocolat use coconut milk, so I am sure it would work just as well with that. In addition, because it is one you add to milk you could just as easily add it to cows’ milk for a friend who does consume dairy, or lactofree milk if you are lactose intolerant but prefer the taste of cows’ milk.
Once mixed, it does make for a delicious hot chocolate. It has that rich chocolate taste which you associate with Hotel Chocolat and a great texture where it melts into the milk. As this is a dark hot chocolate, it does have a slightly less sweet taste than you might be used to. If, like me, you are a bit of a dark chocolate addict, I don’t think you will find it problematic! But if you have more of a sweet tooth, add some regular or vegan marshmallows, depending on your preference, and you will enjoy it just as much. (Tried and tested!!)
As regulars to my blog will know, I like to keep it positive and only add products that I have tried and enjoyed. Whilst I cannot fault this hot chocolate in taste or texture, there were just a few logistical downsides which I feel I must mention.
As you can see from the picture, the hot chocolate comes in a cylindrical container. Inside, the flakes ae kept in a small plastic packet. Getting the flakes out of this packet can be a little bit tricky and a bit messy! In addition, the instructions are quite precise about how to make it up. This does make it a little more time consuming than I would like.
So, as long as you have plenty of time, I would highly recommend this hot chocolate. I have enjoyed having it as my bed time drink.