I love books. I love music. I absolutely adore beer. And when the cool breezes start to blow, I need hot chocolate. It’s a requirement around here. So when I got some “TJ’s” cocoa in the mail, I rushed to my kitchen to brew up a pot of hot water. I really liked what happened next.
For my fellow chocolate junkies, this instant cocoa delivers. There’s a RUSH of chocolate here, from the delicious smell as I ripped open the packet, to the final sip. This is serious cocoa, y’all.
And mixing it up is easy-peasy. The packets dissolve in hot water like a dream. No unsightly clumps, lumps, or dust round the edges. I didn’t even need my regular mini-whisk to makes sure it all blended. Just my usual iced tea spoon did the trick. (I use a very big mug. I have cocoa needs.) You’ll want to give it a stir each time you take a sip though; there’s such a wallop of chocolate here that the chocolaty stuff will inevitably start to sink to the bottom as it sits. A good one-two with your spoon sets things right again.
How about mixing things up? Have done, and you should too. That lovely chocolate taste hangs strong even when blended into a mocha. And if you’ve a mind, a splash of Kahlua and/or Bailey’s wouldn’t be amiss.
Do I detect a wisp of peppermint? I do. And I love it. It’s very slight, but it’s there. Could be the flavor punch of a good cocoa, but either way I’m digging it. Add peppermint schnapps to the list of add-ins, should you be so inclined.
Top things off with whipped cream, or a seasonal-themed marshmallow. Just be aware that this mix has 20 grams of sugar; a heaping tablespoon’s worth. I typically need to add a light splash of salted caramel syrup to my mochas (well, “have to” is relative) in order to get the right touch of sweetness. But I didn’t have to add anything to a mocha made with this mix. And you definitely won’t need added sugar or syrup if you’re going straight-up cocoa. A drop of extract would do nicely, if you’d like to experiment.
Speaking of experimenting, spice-lovers should try a dash of cinnamon and cayenne with this cocoa. The mix itself has a strong enough backbone to hold up to what I like to think of as a cheater’s Mexican hot chocolate. It’s not the real thing, but if you don’t tell, neither will I.