I don’t know about where you are, but here it’s cold. So it’s not the earth-shatteringly cold that we had a couple of years ago when it got down to -19°C when my son was conceived. Of course that wasn’t as a result of a need to keep warm. But as we know how expensive children are, perhaps an alternative would be to get some hot, spicy drinking chocolate down you?
Blending paprika, nutmeg, cloves, ginger along with 77% Venezuelan dark chocolate Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé have created a very soothing hot chocolate. It’s a million miles away from the intensity as you will get with chilli chocolate, but more the natural warming ingredients that serve to just turn your internal thermometer up a couple of degrees.
Unlike a bar of chocolate you won’t have the ability to pass judgement on the flavour notes as chocolate here is used as a carrier for the lovely flavours and to give a lovely velvety mouth-feel. Of course its of the highest quality, everything they do is.
It seems the most evident ingredient in most supermarket drinking chocolate is sugar, and even though this hot chocolate is 77% cocoa, it tastes as far removed from the likes of Bournville Cocoa as you’re ever likely to get. And to compare the Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé Spiced drinking chocolate with any other that Cadbury, Mars or Nestle make is committing a sin punishable by making you consume some of their stuff.
As you reach the bottom of the mug you just know that you wouldn’t have stirred it enough. And if you’re lucky enough not to you’ll be met with a fantastic aromatic gloop. You’ll pour it down the inside of the mug and let it drip into your mouth. Those soothing flavours will then be evident in spades.
The true secret is to establish just how much of the chocolate you should add to a mug. The instructions state it should be 30g which is ¼ of the packet. Personally I think that’s a bit too much, but get some and see what you think.