The idea of gingerbread hot chocolate sounds amazing to me. I’m a sucker for a nice warming mug of hot chocolate on a cold day, so I was really looking forward to trying this.
As with most good hot chocolates, this one is made from real chocolate. In this case, it’s tiny flakes of gingerbread flavoured milk chocolate. It looks and smells delicious.
The bottle gives instructions for preparing on a hob or in the microwave, so I opted for the traditional method, warming the milk in a pan and slowly adding the required six level teaspoons of Liquid Chocolate, then simmering for one minute.
All very easy, and in no time at all I had a nice looking mug of hot chocolate.
Unfortunately, this was where things started to go downhill a little. I had been expecting a delicious and warming chocolate drink, but instead my mouth was greeted with the intense heat of the ginger, but not much actual flavour. I actually had to go back and look at the ingredients because I was convinced some form of chilli would be high up on the list.
But no, it’s just ginger powder. There’s also nutmeg and some other flavours in there, but the ginger is just too intense to make a comforting hug in a mug. This is more like a slap in the face. And despite being made with a 40% milk chocolate, that ginger hit somewhat overpowers the chocolate flavour too.
The other day though, I had a brainwave. I was making a simple hot chocolate the way I usually do, with good quality dark chocolate and milk, and decided to add a single teaspoon of this Liquid Chocolate into the mix. The results were amazing – an intense dark chocolate flavour with a subtle and warming gingerbread flavour.
Last week, as the weather got significantly colder, I tried sprinkling a spoonful on some porridge for my breakfast. The results, again, were amazing.
So, making this according to the instructions just didn’t work for me. If you like things particularly hot and spicy, then it’s fine, but for the the rest of us, it’s perfect for spicing up to your regular hot chocolate, breakfast, ice cream, or anything else you think of!