Hot chocolate is probably the last thing on your mind when it comes to the temperature we endure. You will be interested in learning more how to make cold coffee, and I cannot blame you. But, recently I came across a device that makes hot chocolate like this, I’ve been drinking it even in the heat of the season – that’s fine.
It produces intense and delicious results in a matter of minutes and requires little effort. Plus it can do more than hot chocolate; iced lattes and chocolate martinis really are a push button away. As a result, my friend and I are attracted to each other, and we cannot. Here is what happened.
Hot chocolate in summer – are we crazy?
The latest incoming machine is none other than the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser ($ 149, Chocolate hotel (opens in new tab)). In hindsight, that $ 149 might seem like a huge bargain on a neat chocolate bar, and I have to agree with you. Instead, we just bought it because we found that it was for sale for the duration of the year. We were about to buy it already, but we could not get down.
However, I am glad we decided to do it ourselves in the end, sell it or not. The benefits of hot chocolate by the machine are impressive. It is as big as a milkshake and sits on a small piece that puts energy like an electric kettle. The handle comes out of the jar, which you use to twist and pull out the hot chocolate and there is a single button on the side of the base to energize it. It comes in four colors: copper, charcoal, white and platinum, making it a last resort. Its structure is also important – the body is made from metal, the lid automatically prints itself and the whisk inside contains magnets.
I should also mention that when you buy this device, you are also given two ceramic cups and hot chocolate to start with, which is a good addition.
How does it work and what can it do?
The machine claims to ‘produce velvet’ hot chocolate – making it more durable. It works like milk, beat and bake your ingredients for just two minutes until they are ready to drink. However, the difference between these machines and others is that they work better and the type of ingredients you use.
Hot Chocolate Hotel Chocolate comes in the form of grated chocolate flakes and not flour. It is advertised as ‘real grated chocolate, nothing else,’ and entices you to have a strong drink. These flakes can be used with milk or plant milk, or water. In addition to hot chocolate, Hotel Chocolat also offers latte options that combine coffee with the same chocolate flakes.
Also hot chocolate, you can use Velvetiser to make hot chocolate frozen with iced lattes – just prepare a glass of ice water to achieve this. Alcoholic beverage options are also limited, so you can make Chocolate Martini, Praline Martini or White Russian with the right ingredients. Mochas is also possible, and you can change any of your preferences. One thing we did not expect was that you could make other flavors using Velvetiser – chocolate sauce and pots of chocolate mousse in just a few minutes. That is why it is better to say that it is a much more flexible machine than it first appears.
Using the machine may not be easy. You fill the Velvetiser and select the milk on the displayed line, add the chocolate mixed sachet, seal with a lid and press the button. It is quiet when moving, only 58 dB from about 6 inches – we have not heard in the kitchen and you can communicate freely (although the noise can vary depending on the type of milk you want. Use). The whole process took two minutes and 20 seconds and the outside of the jug remained cool enough to touch – reaching 80 ° F at the top near the lid.
There is no sound when it is finished, which is a shame, but you can hear it as soon as it stops with the power of the power button to turn off. Your hot chocolate is ready to serve right away; however I have to announce that you can prepare one chocolate at a time, which is a small amount. You need to wash the jar with cold water on a series to repair the thermostat.
Cleaning will not be easy though. Just add cold water and a few drops of soap in a jar, stir as you would with hot chocolate, then rinse afterwards. Cover and whisk are also safe dishwashing detergents if you want to clean thoroughly.
We have no complaints about the taste and texture of hot chocolate so far. We have been using 70% Old Dark Chocolate Drink, and our taste is excellent. It is not very sweet, not very bitter, and you can taste it better than using a flour mixture. Its texture is crisp and smooth, painless, and all the chocolate glasses are well melted by the machine, so there is no gritty residue on the end of the cup. The temperature of the mixture is also good – it is not too hot to drink directly from 138 ° F, but enough heat to keep you warm for a long time.
It is delicious enough to enjoy it at any time of the year. And while you may think of hot chocolate as a cold drink, these machines can make you think twice.
There are many spices available (opens in new tab), which we are happy to try. There are dedicated spices you can buy as well as boxes with ingredients (you get 10 sachets in a box). Spices vary from white chocolate, maple and pecan, fragrant mint, ginger, caramel salt and black and dairy choices among others. The only problem is, this is not cheap – you are looking for $ 30 a box, or $ 3 for hot chocolate. Although, you can buy three boxes for $ 65 for less than $ 2 a cup. That is why this is so much better than a daily drink. But, it is less than hot coffee, which is similar to what you find here.
In the end, we are just happy to have a Velvetiser. It’s not cheap in any way, but it does exactly what it says on the box – it makes delicious chocolate in the mouth. Incorporating the flexibility in the design means that we will be used more in the future – especially when it comes to soft drinks.
I recommend it to any hot chocolate lovers out there, but I would say if you are making enough family, you can wait a while because of its low cost. Remember also the persistent cost of drinking chocolate; this will need to be generous at times unless you are happy to splurge on hot chocolate.
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