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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Harry and David Chocolate Euro Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa. A darker milky brown (darker than a milk chocolate bar) with a somewhat chocolate aroma. Good chocolatey “hit”, but unpleasant odd, sweet aftertaste. First ingredient: sugar. Also contains canola oil, corn syrup solids, natural and artificial flavors, and guar gum, in addition to other ingredients. Sodium content: 120 mg/serving.
Harry and David Chocolate Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa. Dark milky brown color with a faint chocolate aroma. Very sweet, with only a minimal chocolate flavor. Sweet aftertaste. First ingredient: sugar. Also contains canola oil, corn syrup solids, natural and artificial flavors, and guar gum, in addition to other ingredients. Sodium content: 115 mg/serving.
Hershey’s Dutch Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix. Dark chocolate color, mild chocolate aroma. Sweet, with a mild chocolate flavor. Slightly oily in appearance on top surface. First ingredient: sugar. Also contains corn syrup solids, partially hydrogenated coconut and soybean oils, salt, artificial flavor, guar gum, and sodium caseinate, in addition to other ingredients. Sodium content: 210 mg/serving on package; website indicates 300 mg/serving. Price: $1.99 for 6.25 ounces.
Les Confitures à l’Ancienne Chocolat En Poudre. Cocoa was not sweet enough; there was a strong cacao taste, but a little more sugar would have resulted in a much better product. First ingredient: unrefined brown cane sugar. Entire ingredient list: unrefined brown cane sugar, cocoa (35% minimum), natural vanilla. Sodium content: not listed. No amount of milk was specified for this product, so six ounces was used. Price: $9.95 for 10.6 ounces.
Moonstruck Chocolate Company American Hot Cocoa. A medium chocolate color with a good cocoa-y aroma. Initially sweet, but with a noticeable chocolate taste that hits after the sweetness. First ingredient: powdered sugar. Entire ingredient list: powdered sugar, cocoa (“processed in alkali”). Sodium content: 0 mg/serving. Price: $20 for 16 ounces.
Nestlé Double Chocolate Meltdown Hot Cocoa Mix. Medium chocolate color with slight chocolate aroma. Very sweet, with very little chocolate flavor and a sweet and lasting aftertaste. Discrepancy in instructions: outer box indicates use of one cup water or milk per serving, while individual envelopes of mix call for six ounces of liquid. First ingredient: sugar. Also contains corn syrup solids, partially hydrogenated coconut or palm kernel, and canola, hydrogenated palm, soybean, cottonseed, and/or safflower oil, sodium silicoaluminate, cellulose gum, salt, dipotassium phosphate, sodium caseinate, mono- and diglycerides, and artificial flavors, in addition to other ingredients. Sodium content: 180 mg/serving. Price: $3 for 10 packets.
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