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In the last year and a half my wife out of nowhere started having some pretty serious digestive issues. She saw a GI Specialist who believed she had developed an allergic reaction to gluten, caffeine, sugar, dairy and several other things. Very difficult to select a meal she could actually enjoy. She decided to visit my primary care Dr. to get another opinion. Based on his examination and talking to her he believed her digestive system was running too fast as he put it. He gave her some medication to take once before every meal to slow it down a little and the problems disappeared. Well now that all is good, I think I'm ready to invest in one of the hot chocolate machines Richard and Mike have been bragging about. Any advice on what those of you that have one can share?
Neither of us care for dark chocolate so something on the lighter side would be great.
Thanks in advance.
 

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In the last year and a half my wife out of nowhere started having some pretty serious digestive issues. She saw a GI Specialist who believed she had developed an allergic reaction to gluten, caffeine, sugar, dairy and several other things. Very difficult to select a meal she could actually enjoy. She decided to visit my primary care Dr. to get another opinion. Based on his examination and talking to her he believed her digestive system was running too fast as he put it. He gave her some medication to take once before every meal to slow it down a little and the problems disappeared. Well now that all is good, I think I'm ready to invest in one of the hot chocolate machines Richard and Mike have been bragging about. Any advice on what those of you that have one can share?
Neither of us care for dark chocolate so something on the lighter side would be great.
Thanks in advance.
I'm not keen on very dark chocolate either.
Have a look at their many types here:
https://us.hotelchocolat.com/velvetiser/hot-chocolate-list.list

I particularly recommend Salted Caramel and Hazelnut Praline.

When it says 3 for $50 don't worry that isn't for three drinks! Each box has 10 single serve packets in it.
Just put the stirrer in the Velvetiser, pour in the milk, then shake in the packet, and switch on.
The taste is amazing.
 
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I'm not keen on very dark chocolate either.
Have a look at their many types here:
https://us.hotelchocolat.com/velvetiser/hot-chocolate-list.list

I particularly recommend Salted Caramel and Hazelnut Praline.

When it says 3 for $50 don't worry that isn't for three drinks! Each box has 10 single serve packets in it.
Just put the stirrer in the Velvetiser, pour in the milk, then shake in the packet, and switch on.
The taste is amazing.

I noticed the 10 envelopes in each.
I ordered the two you suggested and the Orange Chocolate.
Can't wait to try it out.
 
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I hope you enjoy it as much as Richard and I like it.

I buy three flavors: Mint, Orange and 70% chocolate.

I like the 70% chocolate because it's fine by itself and works well with additional flavors:
  • Cinnamon-Ginger: 1/2 tspn ground ginger and 1 1/2 tspn ground cinnamon added on top of the chocolate shavings
  • Chili Seasoning: 1 tspn Penzey's Chili con Carne seasoning added on top of the chocolate shavings
  • Hungarian style (Forró Csokoládé): 1/2 tspn smoked paprika, 1/4 tspn finely ground black pepper and 1/8 tspn ground cloves added on top of the chocolate shavings
  • Peanut Butter: After making the hot chocolate, pour it into a measuring cup. Add 1 tspn creamy peanut butter and thoroughly mix until the peanut butter is melted.
 
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I am really looking forward to it.
I put the purchase on the back burner until now.
I just didn't feel right enjoying them knowing my wife was not able to have any.
The new Dr. has done wonders for her self esteem now that she can eat or drink just about anything.
My unit is coming with two 8 oz podcups.
Is the Velvetizer able to make two at once (16 oz) or do you have to make 8 oz. each time?
 
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The instructions say to make one at a time.

There are two markings on the inside of the pot but only one of them is explained. I think the lower mark indicates the recommended least amount of milk and the higher mark indicates the recommended most amount. Lately I've been using the higher mark with great satisfaction.

The hot chocolate is filling enough for me that I make a batch and drink only half of it. I enjoy the other half a day or two later.

When I warm up the second half, I put it in the microwave oven until the temperature gets to 155 degrees Fahrenheit. Just for kicks, I took the temperature of the hot chocolate immediately after it's made by the device. You guessed it: also 155 degrees.
 
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I ruled out white.
Our kitchen is just about all stainless.
Thought the copper would be a challenge to maintain so I went with the charcoal.
I may regret the decision once I see it.
There were more reviews on the copper than any of them followed by the charcoal.
White did not have any where near as many reviews.
Have a feeling copper is the one most purchased.
How about you?
 
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Well so far I'm rather impressed with the Velvetiser Company.
I placed my order yesterday afternoon.
I received an email today that it has shipped with an arrival date of Thur Jul 1 or Fri Jul 2.
That's pretty snappy service.
 
Seems like an odd time of year to be talking about drinking hot chocolate! LOL! It's sizzling hot in some areas of the US right now and probably some folks are thinking wistfully of cooler times, such as cold winter days when there is snow on the ground or flakes are gently wafting down, pretty to watch as a fire snaps and crackles in the fireplace......
 
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I bought the charcoal version mostly because that color goes well with the black granite countertops in my kitchen. My thinking about that turned out to be rather silly considering that the only time the device is not stored in the box in my pantry is when I'm making hot chocolate.

Seems like an odd time of year to be talking about drinking hot chocolate!
People drink hot coffee yearround during all parts of the day and the English drink hot tea in the hottest part of the day in the hottest part of the year. I've never understood why hot chocolate is so often associated with cold temperatures.
 
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Yeah Connie I know.
I've been contemplating this unit for quite some time and haven't acted before due to my wife's digestive issues. I just wouldn't have felt right enjoying it while she could not. Now that those problems have been fixed its time to follow through.
And by the way, Christmas in July is starting up on the Hallmark Channel.
Perfect time for hot chocolate.
 
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I bought the charcoal version mostly because that color goes well with the black granite countertops in my kitchen. My thinking about that turned out to be rather silly considering that the only time the device is not stored in the box in my pantry is when I'm making hot chocolate.
Well that's three out three of us here on the Cafe with the charcoal unit.
 
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When I warm up the second half, I put it in the microwave oven until the temperature gets to 155 degrees Fahrenheit. Just for kicks, I took the temperature of the hot chocolate immediately after it's made by the device. You guessed it: also 155 degrees.

I think milk starts to change flavor at about 160F, and starts to lose sweetness.
I usually stop my latte milk at about 140-145F, cuz I often overshoot the temp, and 145 gives me a buffer, before the milk gets too hot, and changes taste.

But, my wife doesn't care, she wants her hot chocolate . . . HOT.

I guess the chocolate masks the taste change of the milk.
Plus like an old saying, if you never knew about that taste change as the milk gets HOT, you would not think about it. I never did, until I started reading up on making latte.
 

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