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We won Good Housekeeping's Taste Test!

Posted on January 29, 2008 9:30 AM by Leann

Have you gotten your February issue of Good Housekeeping yet? Well, when you do, turn to page 155 and read about the Hot Chocolate Taste Test they conducted. Very exciting! They hosted two categories – milk chocolate and dark chocolate. You were only allowed to participate in one category so we entered our Old World Drinking Chocolate in the dark chocolate category and we won! How cool is that?

They tested 19 brands overall with a panel of 18 tasters and in the dark chocolate category, they said our Old World Drinking Chocolate was “the category’s clear winner”. Sure, we were pretty certain we’d fair well but it sure feels good to see it in print and by such a reputable source.

If you haven’t tried it yet, there’s still time. Not only does winter still have a long way to go but honestly, you don’t need the cold weather to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. It’s great after dinner with dessert (or perhaps as dessert), mid-afternoon when you need a little boost, even on those rainy days when you’re feeling a little blue. It’s just plain goodness. And it can be made with a variety of milks including soy milk for those who are vegan or can’t have lactose. We’ve got you covered. Give it a shot and let us know what you think!

On a cold, 20-degree day here in Vermont there is nothing better than hot chocolate. And, although it was my day off from work (Sat), I came to LCC to take advantage of a free hot chocolate tasting and to hear a great group of local amateur musicians,The Hinesburg Brass Ensemble, perform holiday carols. Being a clarinet player, many of my colleagues asked why I wasn't playing; they didn't seem to understand that the clarinet is a wood-wind and doesn't qualify as a brass instrument. Worried at first that the acoustics of our factory store might not be ideal for seven brass players, I was pleasantly surprised - the sound was spectacular. The low notes of the tuba, french horn & trombone perfectly balanced out the trumpets. For nearly an hour and a half, the store was filled with festive holiday carols and shoppers sipping hot chocolate while they were tempted by dozens of gift options.

For me, it wasn't tough to pick a favorite Traditional, Aztec, and Old World Hot Chocolate. The traditional is your classic hot chocolate; just what you remember Grammie making for you after an afternoon of sledding. The spicy Aztec with its cinnamon & cayenne warmed my soul; reminding me of Christmas spice cookies.  But being the dark chocolate lover that I am, the Old World Hot Chocolate, made with 54% dark chocolate and milk, was hands-down my top choice.  Rich, chocolatey, and oh-so-satisfying on a cold (yup, still only Fall!!) day.