Now that the days are chilly, Recycla and her children have revived their tradition of having a hot cup of cocoa after school. This gives them a chance to warm up a bit and talk about the day’s events.
When Recycla and her children first started drinking cocoa, they went to the grocery store and bought those ubiquitous boxes of hot chocolate with the individual packets inside. The resulting product tasted a bit, um, flat. And fake. Definitely not chocolatey. So Recycla tried adding milk instead of water. Marginally better, but still not good enough.
Thus began the Great Cocoa Experiment. Recycla tried a variety of cocoas in an attempt to find the one that would result in a yummy thick chocolate drink. It was a difficult task, but she persevered.
After many attempts, including trying cocoas made by various major chocolate companies, Recycla and her daughters decided that their favorite was made by Lake Champlain Chocolates. They make several flavors, including Mocha Hot Chocolate and Aztec Hot Chocolate, but the family’s favorite is Traditional Hot Chocolate. It’s thick and chocolatey and utterly delish.
Lake Champlain Chocolate hot chocolates are labelled as “all natural,” which Recycla assumes does not mean organic. Since chocolate is second only to cotton in pesticide use on the crops, Recycla realizes that she should look for a good organic cocoa. Luckily Ideal Bite recently did a post on organic hot chocolates, which she plans to use as a basis for further taste testing.
On a related note, Recycla would like to mention that while regular marshmallows taste excellent in hot chocolate, old fashioned marshmallows are DIVINE. Her family buys them at Whole Foods and could eat them all in one sitting. Old fashioned marshmallows are made in pans and then cut into small squares. The ingredients are high quality and, in the ones that Recycla’s family buys, you can taste the vanilla bean. Yum!
What about you fellow Eco Warriors? What is your favorite hot chocolate and why?
The Eco Women are not employed by Lake Champlain Chocolates, nor were they paid to do this review. Image credits: Top, Flickr. Bottom, Lake Champlain Chocolates.