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I thought I liked hot cocoa, until I met drinking chocolates. While hot cocoa is made with simply cocoa powder, drinking chocolates uses real deal chocolate, cocoa butter and all. This makes it much richer in texture and flavor and it is often less sweet, tasting instead of a dark chocolate.
Turns out though, there was another step up the chocolate-drink ladder I could take. Drinking chocolates covered in a piles of chocolate foam — “Chocuccinos” if you will.
I came across this delectable drink by accident the other day. I had just received my new toy, a refurbished wildside total blender blendtec, and after making a chai coffee, a hot soup, an ice cream and EVEN A SMOOTHIE I thought I would make my drinking chocolates in it.
The theory was, I could continue to play a game of King’s Cribbage with Mark while the blender chopped up the chocolate and whizzed the milk into a hot drink. It was Wednesday, which is our Post Bedtime Date night and I wanted every second devoted to us as possible.
I just was not anticipated the frothy top. I guess it makes sense since milk is being heated up while air is whipped in, but it was still a pleasant surprise. Thus, the chocuccino was born and my chocolate drinks just got that much more exciting!
BlendTec Mini Review
$300 for a blender?
We got the blender, for very simple reasons. In 7.5 years of marriage spent more on a collection of cheap blenders that quickly died then we did on a refurbished blendtec that comes with a 7 year warranty. We lost track of the specific numbers, but as of three years ago we had killed 8 blenders. Our conservative estimate is 12 blenders at $30 each. We got our refurbished blender for less than $300. The math just made sense, all the other fun things I can do with it are just really great added bonus.
That being said, I am not sure it would be worth it for everyone. We just use our blenders a TON. Enough my Mother In Law suggested we get commercial appliances. It just doesn’t make sense for us to keep burning out cheap blenders.
Vitamix vs. Blendtec
I’ve been debating blendtec vs. vitamix for years but, didn’t have to make the decision as I didn’t have the money yet. I headed to youtube to watch some comparison and recipe vidoes. Here is what I got from them:
- In ice crush, blendtec won out on a landslide for me. Blentec does a dry crush, and vitamix does a wet one. I want to be able to make snow cones, and the blendtec crushed ice finer. I actually just tried the ice crushing, and within seconds it was a fine snow-y powder. *happy dance* I forsee a lot of snow cones in our future.
- The blendtec made foods hotter via the soup setting quicker than the vitamix did.
- Blendtec and Vitamix were pretty even in making ice creams. I still want to get an ice cream machine eventually, but blender ice creams are nice!
- In a 3 minute grain grinding comparison, the vitamix one with it’s specialized dry container. Dry foods can be ground in the wet container, according to this site, but the separate container does seem to do a better job. I already have a grinder, so choosing the more expensive blender with a seperate attachment for it’s better grinding capabilities did not make much sense to me. Especially since the blendtec won in all the other areas.
- Not needing to tamper. Having the tamper with the vitamix is not a huge deal to me, but I was pretty respectful of the new wildside jar for blendtec that adds another mini side to move foods better. Being a nerd myself, and married to an engineer, I just love well designed things!
- As far as cost went, I could get a refurbished blendtec slightly cheaper than I could get a basic refurbished vitamix (without the dry canister).
Now, these are just my findings from youtube videos and and personal preferences, but I figured it was worth sharing how I decided on the Refurbished Total Blendtec Blender (with Wildside Jar).
Now Back to the Chocuccino
I was so captivated by this new drink, I made it again this morning so I could share. I hope you appreciate that! I mean… come on. What a chore, right?
I went a little crazy and made it a Gingerbread Chocuccino but classic works as well. Honestly, the flavor combinations are pretty endless! I am sure I will be back with a few different versions.
- 2 cups milk. I used raw cow here but 50/50 aroy-d coconut cream and water would probably also be nice. I do not know how the foam compares.
- 2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
- 2-3 tablespoons sweetener of choice to taste (honey, maple syrup, sucanat, sugar)
- 2 tsp molasses, if NOT on GAPS
- ½ tsp cinnamon (optional, omit for more classic flavor)
- ¼+ tsp ginger (optional, omit for a more classic flavor)
- a good shake mace, or a few grinds nutmeg (optional, omit for a more classic flavor)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract or powder
- 2 pinches sea salt
- In a high speed blender, one that you can cook soup in, put all your ingredients. For blendtec, run through the soup setting twice. For other ones that can make hot soups, follow their instructions until you have a foamy hot chocolate. It might take longer then most instructions as you are starting from cold ingredients.
- Alternatively, if you do not have a high speed blender, simply chop the chocolate and melt everything together over low heat. You will have a lovely "gingerbread" drinking chocolate.
If you make this, I would love for you to share on instagram and tag #worthcooking and/or @worthcooking so I can see your creations.