As I nearly inhaled my mug of hot chocolate earlier while shivering due to the cold, I came to a realization: I love chocolate.
So I’m a chocolate lover. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m a chocoholic (not while lemon desserts exist in this world), but I’ve yet to turn down a Hershey’s kiss. I do prefer yellow/vanilla cake to chocolate cake, but we all know that fudgey brownies take the cake (pahahahaha I’m so punny).
I’ve written before of how I’m not much of a coffee drinker (check out the post Reflections of a High School Sub) but I do drink hot chocolate and tea (See post Tea for two, and two for tea). Over the years, after an incredible amount of research and dedication, I’ve determined which gas station has the best hot chocolate (Flash Foods for the win by a landslide!) and have perfected the most delicious gas station hot chocolate. Being the lovely person that I am, I’ve decided to share with you this little secret. What you do with it is on you, but remember that with great power comes great responsibility. Use this knowledge well.
I’m a big believer that hot chocolate, to get the best taste, must be made with milk instead of water. Water is wonderful but it lacks the complimentary taste to chocolate. Since most places only make hot chocolate with water, there are ways to enhance the flavor. So now when you pop into a gas station for something hot, this is what to do. Get the size you want, and fill it about a quarter of the way with cream they provide for coffee. You may use milk instead, but it won’t give that rich flavor. If you’d like to use the vanilla cream, go ahead, but I prefer plain cream. After you’ve added your dairy, fill your cup nearly to the brim with hot chocolate, moving your cup away towards the end so you don’t get that watery part that comes out once you stop pressing the button. Stir just a little bit and you’re set! The stirring will get rid of that crumbly taste towards the end of the drink and keeps everything smooth and delicious. And yet, despite all of this, just remember that the best hot chocolate is the kind made at home using real chocolate. You’re welome.
Tl;dr, when making hot chocolate know that real melted chocolate > hot chocolate powder > chocolate syrup, and cream > cream+milk > milk > water.
Now go make your own!