Trader Joes Brands

These days I must use discretion when ordering from coffee shops. My weight management program, thankfully, offers a concise rundown of their drinks and points values, though I’ve been unable to find one for hot sipping chocolate. No matter, anyway, for we recently found a less expensive, and equally rich alternative in Trader Joe’s brand sipping chocolate mix. Last week we received their latest newsletter in the mail (if you don’t receive it, imagine the Seinfeld-esque J. Peterman’s catalog, devoted to food), and the second we saw this, we had plans for the weekend.

One word of warning, something I have trouble heeding myself, given my paranoid cooking skills: for optimal results, know how to heat up milk. I had a saucepan of 2% going while my husband chided me in the background. Don’t turn it up too high, you’ll scald it! Scald it! Waaah! My initial finished product – three even tablespoons of thick powder in 1/3 cup milk, resulted in many little lumps. The milk hadn’t warmed up enough, but at least I didn’t burn it entirely.

The taste? Very rich, and smooth once I got the consistency correct. For the untrained, sipping chocolate vastly differs from hot cocoa – the ratio of chocolate to liquid is closer than one would expect with a packet of Swiss Miss, and this is definitely something you can’t gulp down. Gentle sips, rolling the dark chocolate on your tongue produces a pleasing experience – especially fitting in this cold weather.

If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby, you can find comparable products like Bellagio online, though I’ve not tried other brands outside Starbuck’s Chantico. For the weight conscious, one serving of TJ’s using 2% percent milks comes to 2 diet exchange points, and while it doesn’t yield a full cup it does leave you quite satisfied. You can also up the milk to a cup for a rich hot chocolate, which I will try in the near future.

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