February 23, 2010

Lake Champlain Chocolates

For Christmas our friends, Tony and Carrie sent a delightful care package for a family movie night. It included Cocoa, marshmallows, popcorn and a video. Oh, did I mention that the stash was all natural and organic? Did you know that? You can buy all natural, chemical free marshmallows? For those following along on my healthy eating post, you can have your marshmallows and eat them, too!

Now, is not that a wonderful gift for a family like ours? We thought so, too! The goodies were put away for a time after the holiday junk food high wore off so we could really appreciate it.

That time came during the second blizzard here the week before last. Now, I want to tell you that I do not usually consume cocoa mix. I just don't care for it. It never tastes as rich and delicious as good old-fashioned made from scratch and slowly simmered to a nice steaming warm.

I was so unbelievably pleasantly surprised by this tin of cocoa! We stirred it into the milk and heated it up on the stove and tasted it expecting the sort of sweet warm milk flavor I have come to expect of cocoa mixes. But it was anything but bad. In fact, I would say, and my family doubled (tripled, quardrupled...) my opinion it was as good as home made. Yes, indeed! It was rich and full and tasted like... chocolate. Not sweet at all. Just flavorful.

The ingredients. Well, maybe there was the key. Just good old-fashioned sugar and cocoa. The very same things I use in my cocoa. Now that explains it.

The name of this wonder? Lake Champlain Chocolates Hot Cocoa.

I will be looking for more in my favorite organics markets. For those who are interested it comes in other flavors, too. I was thinking that this would make a delicious latte, too, if stirred into a cup of steamed milk and hot coffee. Just something to think about.

Thanks a million Tony and Carrie for turning us on to something great!



  1. Sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love hot coco and nothing better than when it is organic as well. I am sure you enjoyed it on those cold nights.

  3. I love your blog, it makes me wonder how your able to manage you home, homeschool and your blog. I homeschool my four children too. Trying to manage my blog seems to take alot of effort and I question if it's worth it. I wonder how many people are benifitting from it? O'well. Blessings. ~ Amy

  4. Hello, my friend~

    This treat sounds wonderful! But like you, I love homemade cocoa. As a matter of fact, I love ANYTHING homemade. It just tastes that much better!

    Thanks for sharing. I'm going to see if I can find some!


  5. Kat,

    Oh I can't think of a better way to spend a cold night than with warm hot chocolate with marshmallows!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat