Spiced hot chocolate
Cocoa Masala is not your typical hot cocoa. Blended from our premium cocoa powders and combined with some of our rich Indian spices, Cocoa Masala provides that much needed warmth on a cold winter's day. Mix this gourmet hot cocoa with regular or non-dairy milk and top with marshmallows for a spicy treat! For 1 cup of cocoa, mix 2 tablespoons cocoa mix with 1/4 cup hot milk and stir well to make a smooth paste. Add 3/4 cup milk, heat and enjoy. Do not boil. For a family-sized batch, whisk 1/2 cup gourmet hot cocoa mix with 1 cup hot milk, and stir until smooth. Then, slowly add 4 cups milk, heat and serve. Do not boil. Ingredients: Cane sugar, cocoa, spices, vanilla powder (dextrose, vanilla extractives), kosher salt.
I love cocoa and I love chai but have I ever thought of combining these two loves? No, no I have not. So, when I read the description of the Cocoa Masala, I was intrigued and instantly had to order it. I was Not disappointed, delicious rich hot Cocoa with those wonderful Indian spices - amazing! I will be ordering more.
I didn't use this as just a hot chocolate, it mixes amazingly well with coffee. Around 10oz coffee, with 2 tb Masala Mix and about 4 oz milk. The blend of spices and chocolate are inspired, pleasing to the mouth and nose. I will have to order a larger container.
While certainly inventive, this hot chocolate blend definitely tends harder towards the "Garam Masala" side of things than the "Hot Chocolate" side. We made a cup, decided it wasn't for us, and disposed of the rest. If you like spice-heavy beverages it might be worth a try, but I don't think we'd purchase this one again given the other options that are available.
Now this cocoa takes cocoa to an entirely different level. Have heard of the combination (the heat factor) before but never had it with such wonderfully fresh ingredients! Thank you for the vivid description on your website, I may never had tried it otherwise. Very wise decision!