Saturday, March 9, 2013

Cafe Escapes Hot Chocolate Review

I recently got to try some really awesome new products from Cafe Escapes and our Single Serve Keurig Coffee machine. These were flavored hot chocolates and I was really amazed at how good they were and my husband is more the hot chocolate fan than me and he said they even beat the real homemade hot chocolate that his mother used to make.
These are the flavors we got to try:
**Cafe Vanilla
**Cafe Caramel
**Chai Latte
**Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa
**Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa
**Cafe Mocha
My favorite out of the whole bunch was the Cafe Mocha and the Cafe Vanilla with Cafe Caramel coming up close.  Mike loved the Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa, Chai Latte and the Cafe Vanilla.  We both had to make some adjustment on the Dark Chocolate because we thought it was a little too sweet so we took the cup and put in a saucepan and added some nonfat milk and then divided that one cup into 2 cups and it was just right!
There was nothing wrong with the Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa, we just aren't big fans of real sweet drinks. It kinda gives me the queasies so by lighting it up some, we were able to get a good bit of the too sweet chocolate out of the way.  This is how they came, 4 to a box.
I can tell you that we had friends over and we divided up the Cafe Vanilla and the Cafe Caramel and between the 6 of us, we all loved these 2 flavors. Actually, the guys got a little creative and put a scoop of vanilla ice cream in their Vanilla Latte and then topped it off with Chocolate Syrup!
I told them, that wasn't a hot chocolate anymore, they made a cold drink but that is how they liked it, so I was just happy that it went well. We left the caramel alone other than to add just a smidge of plain coffee creamer in to make it a little less dark.
This one is the regular Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa:
They have so many flavors to choose from over at Cafe Escapes that I don't see how they keep any of them straight. They did have one thing that Mike really likes and that is Apple Cider. He said that is really good hot and would have been really good. I am not a big fan of apples, so I don't know about that.
Now, this started out as Cafe Vanilla but after the guys got thru adding vanilla ice cream to it then letting it melt, well, it really didn't look like much of anything. Mike did go back later on and poured it over ice cubes and drank it iced and it was good that way.
Now, this was the very Dark Chocolate Flavored Hot Cocoa and this is the one we put back in the pot and poured some more milk in and then halved it up one night when it was just us and it came out almost like the milk chocolate. We may have put a tad too much milk in it, but it was still better that way than the Dark Chocolate. So, if you love Dark Chocolate, then you will love this one the best!
This was the Chai Latte and it was really awesome. I told Mike it's a good thing I numbered these pictures because I would have had a hard time remembering which one was what except the dark chocolate and then the one where we halved it.
I copied this so that you can see that you can even add whipped cream to your hot chocolate for an extra elegant touch and either drizzle chocolate syrup on it or some powdered cocoa mixed with nutmeg or cinnamon to give you a whole new taste.
Oh and don't forget that you an get flavored tea in the single serve cups also!
Connect with Cafe Escapes several ways:
Mailing Address
33 Coffee Lane
Waterbury, Vermont 05676
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Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you. I am a BzzAgent and I was given this toy by them to do a review.   


Mer said...

I've seen the cafe escapes around (love the chai!) but didn't realize they made hot chocolate as well. I'll have to try it, and thanks for the warning about the sweetness level..I'll try it when I've got some time to adjust it to my desired sweetness.