European-style hot chocolate means melting shavings, beads or disks of actual chocolate and adding boiling water or milk. That’s what you do with Recchiuti Dark Hot Chocolate Pure Chocolate Pistoles, one of the favorites you’ll read about.
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Whether for the holidays or Valentine’s Day, the temperature and timing are perfect to bestow upon your favorite hot-chocolate lover some (or all) of these. Or, plan a New Year’s Day or Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate Tasting Party. (Use our Wine and Chocolate Tasting Party planning guide as a template.)
Twenty-seven hot cocoa preparations and thirty-eight hot chocolate mixes were tested for this article. Most are from artisan chocolatiers and need to be purchased by mail order; but if your needs are more immediate and your budget is minimalist, or you don’t want to wait for a mail order, Ghirardelli Chocolate Double Chocolate Premium Hot Cocoa is the favorite among those brands commonly available in supermarkets. While it’s not competitive with the top brands, it’s better than many other products we tried.
How to choose among the 65+ brands? A dozen stood out from the rest, and another 13 are runner-up. A number of the runners-up could have made it to the top tier if they had had better (or any) instructions, or if preparation had been less of a chore.
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