The winter season is upon us, and we start to get that “curl up next to a fire and drink hot chocolate as we watch the snow fall” feeling. Make your very own delicious hot chocolate from scratch with a few helpful tips from us at Dorinda’s Chocolates!
You can make hot chocolate using cocoa powder and milk or by melting your own chocolate, depending on how much time you want to take and how decadent you want your hot chocolate to be. If you make your hot chocolate with cocoa powder, add some creaminess back in with evaporated milk or half and half cream. Sweeten your hot cocoa with sugar and add flavor with a dash of vanilla extract!
An epic hot chocolate recipe starts with good ingredients, like all amazing chocolate treats do. The quality of the chocolate you use will make a huge difference in how the hot chocolate turns out in the end. Too much semi-sweet chocolate could make your hot chocolate bitter, so use a combination of semi-sweet chocolate and milk chocolate to balance the chocolate flavor. Hot chocolate from scratch starts with heating milk and half and half and adding chocolate in so the heat of the milk melts the chocolate. YUM!
We are big fans of famous chocolatier Jacques Torres. His hot chocolate recipe is phenomenal! Jacques Torres uses corn starch and heavy whipping cream in his hot chocolate to make the liquid chocolate beverage even more rich and creamy.
Another life-changing hot chocolate experience is available in New York City at City Bakery, which is liquid chocolate with their popular homemade marshmallows! Serendipity 3’s famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate in New York City is also a huge tourist attraction that is perfect for any time of year!
While the hot chocolate may be the main event, our inner child demands marshmallows! Add marshmallows immediately after pouring to encourage the marshmallows to melt into the hot chocolate.
If you want to take your gourmet hot chocolate made from scratch to the next level, add homemade marshmallows! You can make your own marshmallows with gelatin, sugar syrup, and vanilla. For special seasonal flavored marshmallows, add peppermint extract and red food dye for peppermint marshmallows to go with your hot chocolate!
Not everyone has the time or ingredients to craft some gourmet hot chocolate this winter, but you can give them the gift of hot chocolate made easy! At Dorinda’s Chocolates, we have Hot Cocoa Cones with cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and marshmallows! Keep your house stocked with ingredients for delicious hot chocolate by grabbing a few of this hot cocoa cones. Everything is already measured, which makes this hot chocolate trick perfect for kids.
Looking for some fun Christmas gifts? Hot cocoa cones from Dorinda’s Chocolates are perfect stocking stuffers! Stop by our stores at The Summit Mall in South Reno, The Village at Northstar in Truckee, our Squaw Valley location, or our downtown Reno location on the Truckee River Riverwalk!
A chocolate craving can hit you any time, anywhere. Are you prepared? If you’re having a serious gourmet chocolate craving and are not around Reno or Squaw Valley to stop by Dorinda’s Chocolates, here are some other yummy destinations!
At Dorinda’s Chocolates, we understand the importance of using whole, fresh ingredients without preservatives or an artificial taste leftover in your mouth. Here are some of our favorite places that make high quality gourmet handmade chocolates just like we do! If you’re looking for expert advice on chocolate, you can also check out Seventy% or The C-Spot for information on high quality chocolate.
If you find yourself in the Big Apple, take a bite out of some chocolate by Jacques Torres, aka Mr. Chocolate. Jacques Torres Chocolate uses fresh ingredients without preservatives, so the confectionary treats are delicious and good for you!
You must taste the infamous Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Vosges Haut-Chocolat was named one of the “Best Chocolates in the US” by Food & Wine. Founder and Chocolatier Katrina Markoff creates special chocolate truffles using additions from spices to liqueurs! Vosges Haut-Chocolat is also Rainforest Alliance Certified, so you can enjoy your chocolate guilt-free as you help save the rainforest.
Want a sinful combination of salty and sweet? Try their bacon chocolate bars!
Seven-time winner of the Ruban Bleu, the most prestigious honor for confectioners in all of France, the Richart family makes chocolates with the best ingredients they can find from all over the world. Richart was also recognized as one of “The 10 Best Chocolatiers in the World” by National Geographic for the handmade gourmet chocolates.
The traditionally handmade gourmet chocolates at Puccini Bomboni are all made on the premises with the finest natural ingredients. They don’t deliver, but their chocolate creations are worth the trip!
The chocolatiers at Tuescher have been making amazing chocolate treats for over 70 years, so you know it must be good! They have created hundreds of varieties of chocolates for generations, and their artisan chocolate is free of chemical, additives, and preservatives. They make chocolate bars, biscuits, pralines, truffles -- you name it!
Want a real adventure? Try their Schokoladentorte, a chocolate cake made without any wheat flour.
While their flagship store is in Switzerland, you can find their gourmet handmade chocolates in the United States!
At Dorinda’s Chocolates, we strive to to make chocolates that people can really enjoy and eat. People like quality chocolate, nuts, and caramels—real flavors. It is always fun to try a lavender or Matcha tea truffle, but how many of those can you actually eat? Dorinda makes chocolates that can be enjoyed, such as a lemon truffle, which is made with real lemon juice. You can taste the freshness, the lemon, without preservatives or an artificial taste leftover in your mouth. Every piece of Dorinda’s chocolates tantalizes the taste buds, leaving you craving more.