Saturday, September 24, 2011

Back to Basics Cocoa-Latte Hot Drink Maker Review

I have a really awesome new Cocoa-Latte Hot Drink Maker from Back to Basics which I recently received from Plow & Hearth to review! Mike, my hubby, was more excited than me because he is actually more into Lattes than I am.

He loves all that foamy stuff so for him I decided to review something that he would benefit from since I have been getting such awesome things just for me. I wanted to do something great for him because he is such an awesome man who deserves all the best things I can do for him. He really loves those lattes and I do too when the mood hits me.

Besides, what is good for him is good for me, too, because as the old saying goes "What goes around comes around" is really true. If it is good for him then it ultimately benefits me also because when he is happy then I am happy!

Of course, with my bad luck, we got the pictures of the machine and then the battery went dead! Well, I thought, Okay, just charge it and then we will pick it back up. Right, did I really think it was going to be that simple? Well, evidently the battery died, I mean really dead! It could not be charged so we will have to get a new battery or a new camera whichever is the least expensive.

But I had already emailed Plow & Hearth and told them it would be up this weekend and I did not want to back down from my promise so I am going ahead with the review. So, I apologize you won't see an up close drink it made but I can tell you about it!

The machine is really so simple to use a child could understand the directions. It does not have to be put together so no tools are required! It also comes with a really cool manual that has recipes inside on various kinds of drinks to make along with the simple directions on how to use and how to clean it afterwards.

Here is the recipe we decided to try, Mocha Latte:

2 cups of milk
1/3 cup water
3 tablespoons of chocolate syrup or (1 tablespoon cocoa powder with 2 tablespoons of sugar)
These are optional: Whipping cream and grated chocolate shavings or powder

We did deviate from the original recipe and added 3 tablespoons of Kahlua syrup and 3 tablespoons of vanilla liquid coffee creamer. Oh, my gosh, it was so good! What is really neat about this machine is that you turn it on and it stays on while it is heating the coffee and blending at the same time. There is a button you can hit to make the foam for the latte.

While you are pouring the drink from the machine it makes the foam! Mike really did love it so much he had 2 cups! I breathed a sigh of relief because it turned out perfect even though I could not get a picture of him grinning after the first couple of sips.

You also will love the Latte Machine because it can make more than latte's. It is also good for making a great cup of hot cocoa, chai tea latte's, gourmet hot cocoa & latte's, steamed & flavored milks, hot wassail, fruit punch drinks, hot apple ciders, hot grogs, hot toddy, buttered rum, spiced teas, cappuccino's and many more flavors of coffee!

Now, I know you can find something on that list you would love to have. I can't wait for Christmas so I can make Hot Wassail! That is one of our favorite drinks to make during the Christmas holidays.

Just wanted to show you what it looked like the day we got it in the mail and it shows a good picture of what the drink would have looked like similar to the one we made. I really do recommend this product if you love hot drinks, whichever they may be, as much as we do in the coming fall and winter months.

Nothing like a hot cocoa or latte to warm you up and to feel comfy and cozy while relaxing whether it is watching a movie or reading a book or just sitting around talking!

You have to go and check out Plow & Hearth's website and see all the neat things they have to offer. Believe me, it is not just kitchen products!

They have garden, dining, kitchen, footwear, apparel, outdoor living, bathroom accessories, rugs, furniture, bedroom, pet products and many more than I can possibly mention.

It is such a versatile company that offers a range of great products that are of good quality if they are as good as my Latte Machine then I have no problem ordering something from them in the future. Actually, I would love to have the Black Bear Body Pillow! I was so in love with it but kept nudging myself to get something Mike would enjoy so I bypassed it but still would love to have it. Maybe I can put a little birdie to Mike's ear and see what happens for Christmas!

Here is my favorite part of the review, a little history about this awesome company and how they started and what they stand for and believe in.

As always, I make sure you understand this part is what I quote from their website:

What began as a small retail store in Madison, Virginia in 1980 has grown to include our flagship brand, Plow & Hearth®, plus two others that have joined our family during the past quarter century. Plow & Hearth offers unique, high-quality products for home, hearth, yard and garden. Problem Solvers® provides practical solutions for everyday living. Wind & Weather® offers a complete selection of indoor and outdoor weather-related instruments and gifts, plus elegant home and garden ornaments. The Plow & Hearth family of brands also has a growing list of retail stores.

Our customers are nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, with a concern for the environment and an appreciation for high-quality products that are both practical and functional. We currently have more than five million customers enjoying our products. In 2005, Plow & Hearth celebrated its 25th anniversary. We have grown from a small country store into a multi-channel retailer, a leader in the catalog industry and the premiere source of products for the home, hearth, yard and garden. Today, we still believe in the importance of our customers and the value of the products we offer.
Learn More.

I hope you go and visit my new favorite store and see what you can find to make your home a more pleasant place to be for you and your family. I learned that they have a Made in America section if you are one of the many who prefer to shop for only Made in America products.

They also have a Deal of the Week where they offer an item at a great price. Oh, and while you are there register for the $200 GC that they give away every month! Right now they have their Halloween section up & running so check it out also while you are there!

Here are some tools to help you reach out to Plow & Hearth:

Plow & Hearth
7021 Wolftown-Hood Rd
Madison, VA 22727
Telephone: 1-800-494-7544

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The photo's used in this review were provided by me and my sometimes cranky camera but it was all me with no copied pictures(until it died on me today!)


Tanya said...

I love your site! You just got yourself a new fan. Following you via GFC. Playing Blog hop tag, YOU'RE IT! Tag me back at: and on facebook

corabeth said...

New follower from Finding New Friends blog hop! Hoping you follow back!! =0)

My Crazy Life

Daily Rant said...

Hi Mary, thanks for visiting my site!
Couldn't help but to notice the mocha latte recipe you have posted *wink *wink - thanks!
I think that's the first home latte machine I have ever seen. Very cool.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. :)

Close to home said...

Thanks for stopping by and joining the blog hop, I am also following you and look forward to the great reviews.
Not sure if you have any young children you are looking for presents but I have a giveaway now for a kids yoga DVD

Pam said...

Following you already. I did put your button on my blog:
Love Plow and Hearth. I get lots of Christmas presents from them:)
Pam from MBS

Penny Minding Mom said...

I'm here from the bloghop! Thanks for stopping by my little spot too! What a great review to read on a lazy Sunday morning! I think I need something like this at home too!

EmptyNester said...

I love Plow and Hearth but they are way to overpriced for my budget. As always, I completely enjoyed reading your review!

Kelly said...

Hi, following you back, thanks for stopping by my blog
Have a great Sunday.

BeaderBubbe said...

Thanks for the follow; hope you enjoy my blogs. Am following back through Networked Blogs and have :liked: your FB lattes and this maker looks great...but really have no counter space....have a great weekend

Amy O said...

New Follower:) Can't wait to read more of your blog

Maureen said...

Thank you for the now your new follower!

Ramblin Mama said...

Hi! Stopping by to say thanks for stopping in and following. I'll be a new follower here, too. I'm not a latte drinker at all but this looks like a really cool machine. Perhaps one day I'll get into these but you know what they say about teaching an old dog new tricks! (I probably have enough obsessions already!)

Grandma Bonnie said...

The machine sounds great I will stop over and check out their store. I am a new follower stopping by from the Sunday Funday Hippity hop.
Hope you stop by for a visit. Have a great week.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Coca Latte machine sounds wonderful ~ Plow and Hearth is a great store! ~ thanks for GFC follow ~ will follow you back ~ thanks, Carol namaste, (A Creative Harbor)

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

Hi. Thanks for following me. I'm following you now too. I love to enter giveaways & I love tea too.

theknottedchain/shellie said...

following back, thanks for the follow. great blog.

Diane said...

Hi Mary, I am following you too, thanks for stopping by and I really enjoyed your review. I love coffee too. Stop by again.

I'm Mouse Fan Diane on twitter

Janessa said...

Hi! I'm returning the follow on both here through GFC and facebook! :)

Rose said...

Hi ~ Thank you for stopping by and following me at Tips for Saving. I'm now following you back. Keep in touch

emontez147 said...

Thanks for stopping by my site! And Yum, that cocoa sounds delicious. Too bad it is still 100 degrees down here in Texas! Make mine iced, haha. I am following you on GFC and FB!

Monique said...

following back :)


Stephanie of Gumdrop Pass said...

Hi Mary,

Thank you so much for your sweet comment on the blog hop post you made. :) You are a great bloggy friend to have! :)

THIS MACHINE! Ohhh my, it sounds like something from heaven! All of the drinks you described... YUM! I might have to add this one to my Christmas list! ;)

Here's to a good week! :)

Nikki said...

My husband loves stuff like that....I may just have to get him one for Christmas...

One Cool Lunch said...

Thanks for following my blog, I am following you back! I love lattes!!

Laura Grace Andry said...

I love hot cocoa. Especially when I am pregnant and am no longer drinking coffee! Thanks for the review. I am a new GFC follower and will definately be stopping back by for some more great articles and reviews.

Laura @Http://

Christie said...

I love hot chocolate!!! I have to get one of these!

I am a new Follower from Welcome Wednesday! Would love if you followed me back!

Jorge Gutierrez said...

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