How to Make the Perfect Cup of Hot Cocoa

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The perfect cup of hot chocolate starts with throwing out all the rules. Many recipes out there claim to be "the best," but the truth is that there's no perfect cup for everyone because we all have different tastes. By definition, hot chocolate is usually at least a little sweet, but you determine just how sweet it has to be. Here are a few tips for making a better cup of hot cocoa. 

Experiment With Your Ingredients 

An extra teaspoon of syrup or powder will really change up the flavor dimensions of the drink, but maybe you only need a quarter teaspoon to get the level of sweetness you're looking for. If you're not sure where to start, aim for between 60-70 percent cocoa as this combination tends to yield better-tasting results. Also, make sure to invest in your ingredients. Your chocolate has to be quality if you're hoping your drink will be delicious. Experts say that you'll taste the many unique variations in the chocolate once you add the milk, so it's extremely important to buy good chocolate for the taste to be magnified.  

Try Chocolate Powder Instead of Cocoa Powder 

Some hot chocolate mixes are made by extracting certain flavors from the bean or neutralizing the flavors of the cocoa for a mellower taste. Instead, try buying real chocolate powder instead of cocoa powder as a way to heighten your sensations. You can even make your own chocolate powder by buying solid chocolate and then crushing it up into a fine dust. (Again, this is not solely about finding a product with a high concentration of sugar as this will not guarantee a better cup.) Try 1 or 2 percent milk to cut down on the richness of the hot chocolate and to give the cocoa the perfect consistency. 

There are a lot of things to keep in mind when making hot chocolate, but the key is that it's all about what you want. If you're looking for Chicago apartments where you can really savor the flavor, try The Montrose. Our kitchens and living spaces will make you actually look forward to mornings, so call today for a tour. 

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