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Sip! Included In The Chocolate Life’s 2021 Holiday Gifting Guide

Sip! is honored to be included in The Chocolate Life’s 2021 Holiday Gifting Guide. Visit the Guide here to check out the variety of excellent gifts for the chocolate aficionado in your life. Continue reading below to see renowned chocolate critic Clay Gordon’s review of Sip! Extraordinary Drinking Chocolate. From The Chocolate Life’s 2021 Holiday Gifting Guide:

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There exists a continuum along which chocolate beverages exist. On one end is packets of hot cocoa powder – thin bodied, very sweet, and tasting more of milk than cocoa, often with stale marshmallows. On the other end is European-style drinking chocolate – basically chocolate melted into whole milk or light cream, thick, rich, sometimes barely pourable. While I am a fan of this style (in small quantities, sitting in a café in Paris) I realize that not everyone is, no matter when or where. It is into roughly the center of this continuum that Sip! Extraordinary Drinking Chocolate mixes find themselves.

Measure four ounces (one-half cup) of your choice of dairy milk or milk alternative into a small saucepan and heat gently. When barely warm, add one ounce (28gr) of mix and start stirring. (I use a small balloon whisk.) When the mix is fully incorporated and the beverage up to the temperature of your liking, take it off the heat and continue stirring for a few more seconds. Then pour into a cup – I always prewarm mine – and relax and enjoy.

While Sip! Extraordinary mixes take a tad longer than packetized cocoa mixes to make, they take less time than melting chocolate. To my taste, the time spent is well worth it. What you end up with in the cup is far less sweet than industrial packetized cocoa mixes and less thick/syrupy than many European-style drinking chocolates – a happy and very tasty middle ground. With three flavors on offer you can also mix and match to suit your taste. I am not overly fond of strong peppermint flavors in chocolate, and I found that a half-and-half mix of the peppermint and dark chocolate mixes struck just the right balance.

Gordon, C. (2021). 2021 Holiday Gifting Guide. The Chocolate Life. Retrieved November 16, 2021, from https://thechocolatelife.com/2021-holiday-gifting-guide/ 
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