Hot Chocolat

Don’t worry! The ‘e’ is not missing from Chocolate. It’s the French pronunciation or the name of a movie. Or both.

So it’s winter. Dark, frosty, slushy, cold. You know what warms me up? A big cup of hot chocolate. With the occasional marshmallow.

In this blog post I want to review my fave hot chocolate brand and compare it with another brand I recently bought.

Duff roll please!

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What I love about Green and Black’s hot chocolate is 1) It’s fair trade. As in farmers who grow and process the cocoa are paid a premium for their labour. It’s the way business should be done!

2) Not so sweet but a lot more chocolatey: Unlike regular hot chocolates like Cadbury or the other brand I’m reviewing (Camino), there is no excessive sugar or sweetness. Rather you would have to add the amount of sugar you want. That’s what I like about my food. That I can control the amount of sugar (or salt) I put into it and Green and Black’s allows me that option.

Here are the ingredients: Organic Raw Cane Sugar, Organic Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Organic Dark Chocolate Powder (Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Raw Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, (Emulsifier), Organic Vanilla Extract.

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One set back is that you might need to use an extra tablespoon of hot chocolate than the regular brands to get that extra sweet kick but that’s a personal preference for me. I still prefer it above other brands because it makes the milk so chocolatey!

Price: Sorry to say I lost the receipt (at least I’m being transparent) but I think a 600 g hot chocolate jar fairs around $7-8 (from memory).

Sadly, the only place I could find this brand was in Whole Foods.

Camino 

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The other time I couldn’t find my regular G&B in Whole Foods was when we decided to try another brand. Camino milk hot chocolate.

Perks?

1. Fair trade: Like I said, the way business should be done!

2. Does cute packaging count? Its all purpley.

A family member who tried it liked it. I accidentally heaped in two tablespoons in my milk because I was still thinking in terms of G&B sweetness – as in relatively lower sweet content. I was blown away. This hot chocolate is really sweet! I’m not even sure how sweet it would taste with even 1 tbsp of chocolate powder. I felt like the taste was not as rich and chocolatey goodness as G&B.

Take a look at the ingredients list:  golden cane sugar°*, skim milk powder°, cocoa powder°*, guar gum°, sea salt, carob bean gum°, vanilla powder°. °Certified Organic. *FAIRTRADE CERTIFIED

So comparing the ingredients from G&B and Camino, I found the G&B ingredients a lot more unrefined and wholesome. The Camino milk hot chocolate powder barely has any cocoa butter or mass. However, compared to other brands like Hershey’s, Camino is a healthier option if you want fair trade and organic without loads of packed preservatives and unreadable ingredients.

Price: 6.99 at Highland Farms and Loblaws. Whole Foods always hikes up prices, which is one thing I abhor about Whole Foods. You don’t have a monopoly on organic and natural!

 Let me know of your favorite hot chocolate brand in the comments section below.

Enjoy!

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Special Strawberry Milk Shake

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Okay, to those people who might say this is not a legitimate recipe let me tell you why it is! This milkshake is not made with milk. I mean ‘fake’ milk. Like the homogenized, ultra-pasteurized stuff you get from the regular grocery stores that tastes watered-down. Here’s a little story as to why I can’t chug down regular milk anymore. When I visited Pakistan and Bangladesh this past summer, I got a taste of REAL milk. As in fresh from the cow’s udder, warm in the pateela (pot), with extra cream that tasted sooooo good with Rooh-afza (rose syrup that you generously dolop into a glass of milk or water but who goes with water!).

Then when I came back to Canada I realized I was spoiled! I could taste the difference between fresh cows milk and ‘fake’ cows milk immediately. In the process of pasteurization, the whey and curd are separated so all the creamy, deliciousness of the milk is udderly destroyed (he-he, I had to!). Then after a visit to our local halal organic grocery store, we found out they sold UN-pasteurized milk on special order. As in the cream is still in the packet after pouring the milk into a cup. Sometimes the cream even just plops out into the cup and tastes so amazing! It’s almost like butter. I’m sure you could make it into butter with enough quantity.

Anyways to get back to the point as to why this milkshake is special: I made it with the unpasteurized milk and I must say, I have never had such an amazing milkshake before. Generally, any kind of ice cream is added to give the milkshake a real thickety thick flavor but this did not need any substitutions because of the extra cream from the milk itself. So it’s healthy too!

Here’s the recipe:

5-6 strawberries (soaked in hot water for a few minutes to take off any dirt)

1/2 L of unpasteurized milk

2 1/2 tablespoons of sugar (more if you prefer a sweeter milkshake)

Instrucción

  1. Throw the strawberries into a blender.
  2. Add the milk
  3. Add the sugar
  4. Blend. Vamanos, vamanos, vamanos

That’s all. Simple dimple.

Enjoy