Chocolate Society Hot Chocolate Shaker

Posted by in Chocolate Reviews on December 3 2019 | Leave A Comment

Hot Chocolate Shaker

Until a few days ago, I didn’t realise how much I needed a hot chocolate shaker in my life. This little plastic cup from The Chocolate Society has changed the way I make hot chocolate for good.

What is a hot chocolate shaker? Put simply, it’s just a cup with a lid that allows you to make a perfectly smooth hot chocolate by shaking chocolate with hot milk or water. The simple act of shaking helps the drink form an emulsion much more effectively than stirring or whisking.

If you try to shake a hot drink in a normal jar or bottle however, you’re more than likely going to be faced with an explosion of hot liquid. The problem is that heat from the liquid causes the air in container to expand rapidly, effectively turning the whole thing into a hot chocolate bomb. It’s not something I recommend trying at home.

Al Garnsworthy at The Chocolate Society thought about this problem and came up with a fantastically elegant solution; an expanding rubber lid that pops up when the pressure inside the jar increases. It’s a simple idea, but it works incredibly well.

There’s also a few other design features that make this a must-have device for any hot chocolate lover. Most importantly is the way the lid firmly seals onto the jar. Let’s not forget you’re going to be shaking a container full of hot liquid, so it’s absolutely vital that lid stays firmly in place when shaking. I was a little nervous the first time I tried the shaker, but I needn’t have worried. As long as you’re careful to make sure the lid is nice and tight, the seal is good and strong.

After a couple of seconds shaking, the lid pops up. After about 10 seconds shaking, your hot chocolate is ready.

The other nice design touch is the jar is insulated with a double wall, meaning it stays cool to the touch at all times. It’s made from a very strong plastic and feels like it can take a lot of abuse and keep going for years. It’s dishwasher safe, but because there’s no nasty residue, it’s really easy to wash by hand too.

But the best thing about the Hot Chocolate Shaker is the quality of the drink it makes. With traditional hot chocolate making methods, I always find some residue at the bottom of the mug or pan I’m making it in, even after thorough whisking. Every time I’ve tried the shaker, I’ve produced a perfectly smooth drink with no residue at all. It actually tastes better because more of the chocolate is emulsified and less is left behind.

I know there are fancy hot chocolate making machines on the market at the moment, and I’ve not tried any of those. They may be wonderful and produce an even more satisfying experience, but I love the simplicity of my hot chocolate shaker. I can take it to work, heat some milk in the microwave and make myself a fast and delicious drink that’s as good as any I’ve had.

It’s currently on sale for under £20, which is great deal for such an effective kitchen gadget. If you love hot chocolate or know someone who does, do yourself a favour and pick one up.

My hot chocolate shaker was provided free of charge for review by The Chocolate Society.

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