[bct] Re: two things

  • From: "Jake Joehl" <jajoehl@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2005 20:54:45 -0600

Starbucks now has something called the Chantico, I think that's spelled right. 
It is dark and white hot chocolate, and it is very thick, very creamy and very 
yummmmmy!! My neighbor Josh and I walked across to a Starbucks on Monday 
evening and I had a Chantico and a slice of their iced lemon cake.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lynnette 
  To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Thursday, 08 December, 2005 8:34 PM
  Subject: [bct] Re: two things

  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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