[bct] Re: two things

  • From: "Maria" <malyn87@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2005 16:34:23 -0500

Hello Mary and Megan,
I'm right there with you with the frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity.  I 
think it's about time that Lynne and I make a pilgrimage there to get some.  
For a quick fix, though, we use the Swiss Miss chocolate mixes.  The difficulty 
is in deciding which mix to get, so we try to take turns.  Lynne likes milk 
chocolate, while I prefer the dark, or bitter sweet.  


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Megan Kelly 
  To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2005 10:47 PM
  Subject: [bct] Re: two things

  Serendipity's frozen hot  chocolate is  so good!! And they serve it with a 
large mountain of whipped cream, which is amazing!


  At 09:34 PM 12/8/2005, you wrote:

    Definitely, Mary.
    Love herbal tea and hot chocolate.  as you might know, we have famous 
restaurant here in Manhattan which makes a drink called Frozen Hot Chocolate.  
I think you'd really like that.
    I've had from the wonderful to the simply dreadful hot chocolate and am 
always looking for that perfect blend.  Mmm.  I might have some this evening 
now that you've gotten me in the mood.  <grin>

      ----- Original Message ----- 

      From: maryemerson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 

      To: bct 

      Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2005 7:46 PM

      Subject: [bct] two things

      Hi group,

      A couple things:

      First, I got the Nutcracker book so I will condense it down into 
something written in my own words and read it into a podcast; at the end I will 
list all the music in the original ballet so you can understand what they are 
and link them to the story. There are fifteen total, not including some that 
have sub-sections which I will also list. The Nutcracker Suite is much shorter 
and usually just contains some of the shorter dances like Waltz of the Flowers.

      The other thing is that we haven't mentioned hot drinks besides coffee on 
this list. I bet there are a few like me who don't drink coffee. I was 
fascinated to read about all you enthusiastic coffee drinkers and all the ways 
of grinding and fixing it. I drink herbal tea and admit I don't drink nearly 
enough of it, and that's because I absolutely love hot chocolate. Any 
choco-holics out there? 

      For years there weren't too many options; you either made it from scratch 
by heating milk and melting a square of chocolate and bringing it to a boil to 
thicken it and get rid of that bitter taste, and you had to add sugar to it; or 
you stirred in some cocoa and did the same thing. Then things got easier with 
those over-sweetened hot chocolate mixes where you added boiling water or milk 
to a pre-packaged powder. I admit to using a lot of that, and I still do, but I 
often add a tablespoon of Ghirardelli ground chocolate and it makes it taste 
richer and better. In fact, there are a number of options; in addition to the 
previously mentioned Swiss Miss and Nesquick and Ovaltine, my local store has 
started creating a few more specialized blends; one that I tried recently is a 
European blend which is supposed to be like what you'd get in a Paris cafe. 
It's dark chocolate with a tiny hint of sweetness, but I guess my taste just 
isn't too sophisticated and I found it to be rather tasteless. I will probably 
use it blended with some other hot cocoa mix to add richness, but I won't be 
using it alone again.

      My all-time favorite chocolate is Ghirardelli. They have a double 
chocolate hot chocolate mix that you blend with hot milk, and it is absolutely 
exquisite! Three tablespoons seems to be the standard amount for any mix you 
get in a canister, so you definitely use it fast, and it costs a bit more, but 
for a real treat, it's well worth the price.

      So, any hot chocolate drinkers out there? On a cold day it's absolutely 
great when you don't want hot soup, but just a hot sweet drink.


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