From your point of view which is the best or better cocoa? What do I look for in a cocoa product? I'm looking for the cocoa that you warm up with on a cool day. Thank you.
By araucano from FL
The best cocoa is real cocoa. The kind you buy and add the milk, vanilla, sugar and cook on the stove. It's awesome and I bet most people haven't ever had it except us slightly older folks. (Nestle's is one brand). (Penzey's Spices also has good pre-made cocoa mixes.) I don't think much of the powdered kind that you add the water to. It's "ok", but that's all.
I add skim milk to my cocoa mix packet. The milk makes it a lot better. I'm 70 and in a lot of pain, so I am all for the convenience type foods.
The drink mix that comes in individual packets is hot chocolate. I am not crazy about those because they are too sweet. Like thriftyvicki said, make your own using real cocoa powder. It has a more complex flavor and don't forget to add a pinch of salt, it really needs it.
I think we senior citizens all remember when our moms got up in the mornings and made hot chocolate for the "off-to-school" children. Not too many of those moms left now as they too are "off", but to work, and sometimes school as well.
Just good old Hershey's Cocoa has the best flavor of all the cocoa that I've ever tasted, and that includes the Belgian and the newly acclaimed chocolate beans from the Dominican Republic which are said to be the "best" yet. Not to me, but then it could just be my "taster" which is highly developed when it comes to just plain good food. ;-)
The second best and fastest chocolate in the west is Nestles' Nesquik. Just add it to hot milk and you have instant hot chocolate, and for the adult coffee drinkers, be sure to add a tablespoon of Nestles' Chocolate Nesquik to your cup of coffee with cream and sugar. And if you have it handy, a twist of orange or tangerine peel. Absolute Heaven.
We even make our own hot fudge for ice-cream now using the Hershey's Cocoa. I don't even measure it anymore, I've made it so much over the past 60 years that I could make Hershey's Cocoa blindfolded, I think.
Hershey's Cocoa also makes the best (by far) chocolate fudge frosting for a cake. It doesn't even have to be cooked. Just mix butter and sugar and cocoa with a few tsps of cream or milk. Taste test as you go, and you'll know when it's right.
Here's to all the hot chocolate lovers out there. Salud!
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