Monthly Archives: December 2012

  • Chocolate Chips to Hot Chocolate to Chocolate Pudding

    This morning I found chocolate pudding in a pan on the stove.  We have a small kitchen and we are big cooks so it is not uncommon to have many pans on the stove and some stacked atop another to free up a burner.

    The chocolate pudding was in fact Chocolove hot chocolate last night that had cooled into pudding overnight on the stove. (Our stove vent does not seal completely and it was 10 degrees F outside last night.)

    Chocolove introduced chocolate chips in 2012 in a 5.5 pound bag.  Before you gush and then say I don’t know how I would use 5.5 pounds of chips… well, ok gush.  In our household we tend to make a lot of hot chocolate with the chips.  The bag has a recipe for hot chocolate on it.  Here is the recipe we use at home.  To be honest we are not so precise but it often turns out just right.

    2 parts whole milk

    1 part water

    1 part chocolate chips

    For you coffee aficionados the recipe uses a Turkish coffee technique. The pan needs to be relatively small with enough depth for 3 times the height of the liquid. So if you were using a quart sauce pan, then 2/3 cup would be a good measure for “part”. The boiling up of the mix is essential in getting a rich thick hot chocolate.

    Put all ingredients in the pan, warm and stir till the chocolate is melted. Then turn up the fire and stir occasionally until simmering then stop stirring; watch it carefully when small bubbles form on the edge of the pan.

    When the mix boils up the edge of the pan, pull it off heat right before it gets to the top.

    Set the pan aside (off heat) till it settles; about 30 seconds.

    Set again on the burner and let it boil all the way up and pull off.

    Let it set off heat a minute or two and then serve in demitasse cups.

    This is not the hot chocolate of your youth, unless you grew up in Spain.  This is a thick hearty hot chocolate just right for a cold snowy winter day. And if you make too much, pour it in ramekins or little cups and set in the fridge and if everything went right the next day you will have chocolate pudding.

  • Holidays are here

    Wow, the holidays are here. It is a surprise to me how fast they are upon us.  To get from wow (in an amazed sort of tone) to yeah!, I made a list and have been checking it more than twice; mail Christmas cards, send out Christmas party invitations, shopping list for gift baskets and so on.

    Almost too obvious, I always give Chocolove away at this time of year. Chocolove bars make a great gift for co-workers. They are also cherished by letter carriers.  Bring some to the holiday parties you are invited to.  Add one to stockings. I find it hard to remember all the giving I need to do so to have a stack of bars ready to give when a neighbor sends over a plate of cookies.  I get to feel the joy of giving.   An annual tradition for me is to load up the company truck with several cases of 144 bars and deliver to local fire houses in the area.

    Chocolove makes dozens of bars; a few seem to shine this time of year.  Favorites for crisp days and cold nights are Ginger, Peppermint and Holiday BarHoliday Bar is a seasonal item.  It is a 55% dark chocolate packed with walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, preserved orange, preserved ginger and infused cherry.  I also save a few for myself for energy bars when skiing or hiking throughout the new year.

    I think you will find some great deals on Chocolove in your local stores.   If you can’t find what you want or want us to do the shipping, we ship by Fedex as a rule.  If we have your order by the 18th, it will ship the 19th and should be at its destination by the 21st.

    Happy holidays from all of us at Chocolove.

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