Butlers – the Purveyors of Happiness (isn’t that a great name?) – sent us a selection of their lovely chocolates to review and amongst them was a box of their hot drinking chocolate. Apart from the lovely sunny weather we had this Bank holiday weekend, we seem to be back to the rain and gloomy, cold weather again. I thought I’d have a nice hot chocolate drink to warm myself up.
Butlers Hot Chocolate Drink box contains 10 oval shaped chocolate ‘cups’ which smell rather nicely of milk chocolate. Inside the box is a leaflet explaining how to make the hot chocolate drink along with other ideas such as adding marshmallows, a shot of espresso, etc., Unfortunately I found my marshmallows in the cupboard were a little hard and also out of date after using them at Christmas when I made some of my infamous Rocky Roads – but that’s another story.
I decided to try just the ordinary drink first of all. On the leaflet it says to use full cream milk, but we haven’t had that in our house for donkey’s years and the only milk available to use was skimmed. I thought I’d give it a go with that to see how it went and if it didn’t work then I would go out to buy some full cream milk instead.
You need around 5 fl oz of milk (or a teacupful), place this in a saucepan along with the chocolate cup and warm through on a medium heat, stirring all the time.
As the chocolate melts there appears to be an inner layer of dark chocolate too. It takes only a few minutes for the chocolate to melt, so it’s probably just as quick to make as it is for a kettle to boil for a cup of tea.
As I poured it out into one of my favourite little mugs – which was given to me free by a very nice shopkeeper from Amsterdam whilst I was purchasing some Gouda cheese from his shop – it looked fairly runny, I presumed this was because it was skimmed milk but on tasting the drink it seemed a thicker texture than it appeared.
It was a lovely tasting chocolate drink, as good as any I’ve had. I called my husband to see if he could buy some full cream milk on his way home from work to see what the difference would be and also to try it with a shot of espresso….
This was called Butlers Mocha with a shot of Illy, dark roast espresso. It was lovely, even though it had grown cold after Helen had been yakking on the phone to me for a good hour. With full cream milk there wasn’t a lot of difference, perhaps just making it a little thicker and creamier so don’t be put off by thinking you have to use full cream instead of skimmed.
Butlers are 100% Irish owned and their chocolates are available to buy online or they have several Butlers Chocolate Cafes, one of them being in the Westfield Shopping Centre, London which I hope to visit this summer with Helen.
We have a post, possibly next week of Butlers chocolates and a little bit more about them, so look out for it.
For other chocolate ideas, read our reviews here
Living life, loving Butlers Hot Chocolate Drink