The pros: Trader Joe's Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Stirring Spoon hits the shelves right in time for the cooler weather. It makes for a decent cup of hot cocoa and it's pretty much an all in one setup.
The cons: This did not totally incorporate into my milk, but perhaps my milk wasn't hot enough. Then again, that did not matter because the flavor was pretty good.
The verdict: I used to keep packets of hot cocoa in my desk drawer at work. I don't know if this is true in anyone else's workplace, but I can never predict how hot or how cold it will be in my room from day to day. I keep several extra sweaters for when they decide to turn the heat down for the day. Where I work, that usually means the heat seems to click off around 10AM. So by the time the afternoon rolls around I'm pretty much cold. So there are certain things beyond clothing I keep around: tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. Fortunately, I got to try this product in the comfort of my own home, but I would absolutely buy a few of these to keep in a desk drawer.
This isn't your typical Swiss Miss style packet of sorta chocolate powder. This is actually chocolate and it is indeed double chocolate as there is both dark chocolate and milk chocolate attached to a sort of flimsy plastic spoon. As an added bonus there are three marshmallows attached to make you feel right at home. I heated up 8 ounces of milk and followed the directions the rest of the way. Once heated the chocolate will melt in a few minutes. Now, maybe my milk wasn't hot enough, but my chocolate wasn't 100% incorporated into my milk. Perhaps it was the milk, perhaps it was the user. In either case, while my hot chocolate had the texture of milk with some fine chocolate shavings, it was still pretty good.
This has a nice sweetness. It's not chalky like the packets either. It was chocolatey without feeling you were drinking chocolate syrup. For $0.99 this beats a packet of the powdered stuff any day of the week. The marshmallows were a bonus and added that classic cold weather feel to an otherwise pleasant drink. I'd buy this again. I might even pick up a couple as stocking stuffers. For the price it was a nice affordable step up from a packet of the powdered hot cocoa mix that is all too often found in a desk drawer.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
Trader Joe's Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Stirring Spoon that can be found on shelves (I found mine where they keep the chocolates):
The nutritional information and the ingredients:
How to prepare:
Out of the package you get:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Stirring Spoon again. Something good to keep around the house or at work or perhaps for a stocking stuffer for a chocolate lover in your life.
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