Although I am not a big fan of hot drinks, even in chocolate form, I cannot deny the quality of Hotel Chocolat's Liquid Chocolate. And the name - could anything sound more divine that liquid chocolate?
The range started out as just your basic three: dark, milk, and white. They were £10, and came in an elegant white tin.
Trying to keep down waste, Hotel Chocolat then introduced a series of refill packs. Same drinking chocolate, but less packaging. These packs were £8, and could be place inside your original tin.
To prove that the brand is constantly improving, within the last year or two, they have now brought in another style of packaging that does away with the bulky tin and refill altogether, for a black paper bag that oozes sophistication. These retail at £9, and include the three original choices, plus more exciting flavours such as chilli, salted caramel, and mint.
With 70% cocoa solids, I find the classic dark drinking chocolate flakes a great alternative to cocoa powder in cooking; if you want a kick, then you can do the same with the chilli.
On the back of the packet, you get instructions on how to make your hot chocolate; for the best results prepare on the hob by heating the milk, then stir in five teaspoons Liquid Chocolate. Bring to the boil and simmer for one minute, before serving.