Hot chocolate lovers, where are you?!
We’re talking creamy, comforting indulgence topped with just the right amount of silky lather. Unfortunately, homemade hot chocolate rarely meets such expectations.
The lumpy, gritty cups of the instant stuff just don’t cut the mustard. However, it doesn’t have to be like that. Seriously, upgrade your gear at home and you can create a hot, steaming cup of creamy, sweet, chocolatey goodness in the comfort of your own kitchen.
All you need, chocolate lovers, is a hot chocolate machine. Often called velvety, after the device was popularized by Hotel Chocolat, which teamed up with kitchen appliance brand Dualit to create their sleek, high-end hot chocolate maker. (It’s definitely the kind of kitchen tech you won’t be afraid to have on the kitchen counter.)
But there are also decent – and cheaper! – those offered by Robert Dyas, Amazon and even Aldi.
How to use The Velvetiser from Hôtel Chocolat?
It’s super simple. Simply fill the hot chocolate maker to the marked line with any milk (including plant-based milks or water), fill with the Hotel Chocolat hot chocolate of your choice, close the lid and press the button on the front to go.
There’s a central whisk inside that helps produce a perfectly creamy drink with a little layer of froth on top in two and a half minutes super fast.
The hot chocolate maker heats milk to 67-69⁰C: the exact temperature at which cocoa solids and cocoa butter melt. (Anyone else mouth watering?) Practically, there’s no need to wait for your hot chocolate to cool before it gets stuck.
It’s also very easy to clean – since it’s non-stick, it only requires a quick rinse. And the whisk is dishwasher safe.
The OG Hotel Chocolat version is not cheap. It’s normally £99.95 but, this Black Friday period before Christmas, you can expect a discount.
Save 15% on the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser using code HOHOHO at checkout
What about other offers from hot chocolate makers?
But you can also copy a decent dupe of the cult product. The Salter Chocolatier isn’t quite as slick, but gets the job done and can also be used for batting, thanks to the cold foam panel. It is also non-stick for easy cleaning.
And, the best bit? You can save £40 on the Black Friday sale currently running at Robert Dyas.
Naturally, there are offers from hot chocolate makers on Amazon.
Including this versatile hot drinks machine (cappuccinos? check; latte? check; hot choco? check), on which you can save 40% on the Black Friday sale.
With over 1,000 five-star ratings, it has received internet acclaim. And, thanks to its 250 ml capacity, you can prepare several drinks at once.
If you’re on a budget, the Aldi milk frother from Ambiano is a great fit. Its capacity is smaller: you can only froth 100ml of milk or heat up to 190ml, so it’s one cup at a time. kind of work time.
But – bonus – you can also use it to create the frothy, frothy milk for the perfect lattes of your dreams.
And while this one doesn’t come with a special seasonal discount, at £19.99 it’s an evergreen bargain.
Good drink, chocolate lovers.
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