Some people are addicted to coffee, some to Coke but my vice of choice is hot chocolate--can't get enough, I'd drink it all day every day if I thought I could handle the calories.
Last year Andrew and I got in the habit of going out to get "the Good Stuff," the real hot chocolate that they make at espresso stands and restaurants and after sampling around town I determined that Borders Books' coffee shop has the best. Though my opinion may be swayed by the six inches of whipped cream, white chocolate shavings, drizzling of chocolate syrup and stick of dark chocolate that they pile on the top. It's the drink that eats like a dessert. Perfect.
But Lucy, my fellow hot chocolate addict, got me thinking. Could I replicate this sensual experience in the comforts of my own kitchen?
There's a store here in Anchorage, M & M Distributors, that sells wholesale restaurant products like syrups and supplies for espresso stands. I buy my yeast there because it's the best place in town to get it--better and cheaper than Costco. Gotta love cheaper.
Sure enough, they had the super juice in three different brands and for the magical price of $8.30 I now own my very own 64-ounce bottle of Ghirardelli chocolate syrup, just like the restaurants use. And I got a pump to make the dispensing easier. Four 1/4-ounce shots in your mug mixed with warm, frothy milk and you've got Chocolate Heaven.
The nice thing about this stuff is that I can make it richer by using half and half (half cream, half milk--and Land O'Lakes has a fat-free variety that is really good) or I can make it more calorie-challenged by using regular milk. I made up a mug using 1% milk and the results were oh-so-pleasant.
You know I'm going to be loving this! Now the question is, how long do you think a 64-ounce bottle will last me?
And notice the mug? You thought I was kidding about the merchandising, didn't you?
A big thanks to Jaycee at Semantically Driven who kindly pointed out my error in the HTML of my template and I hope now that the background graphic is visible to everyone. If you can't see it still would you mind leaving a comment to that effect and which browser you're using. This de-bugging thing is such a pain!
Congratulations to Karen from A Musing Blog who was this week's Saturday Giveaway winner and will take home the Shrek Cookbook and Screamfree Parenting.
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