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Can I Use Any Hot Chocolate with a Velvetiser?

If you’re anything like me, the quest for the perfect cup of hot chocolate is not just a hobby; it’s a passion. Over the years, I’ve sampled many hot chocolates, exploring supermarket stalwarts to artisan bean to bar chocolate. Today, I’m delving into a question that’s been stirring in the minds of many: “Can I use any hot chocolate with a Velvetiser?”

Kitchen Gadget or Essential Hot Chocolate Maker?

For those who might be new to this world, a Velvetiser is not just another kitchen gadget. It’s a game-changer in the realm of hot chocolate making, designed to transform your ordinary hot chocolate experience into something extraordinary.

With its sleek design and promise of velvety smooth hot chocolate, it has quickly become a must-have for enthusiasts. But here’s the burning question: are we limited to specific types of hot chocolate with this device, or can we venture beyond the recommended options?

In this article, we’ll explore the versatility of the Velvetiser and whether it can handle the wide array of hot chocolate varieties out there. From the creamy flakes of luxury brands to the humble powder of our childhoods, we’ll investigate it all.

So, grab your favourite mug, and let’s dive into the world of hot chocolate and the Velvetiser.

What is a Velvetiser?

Before we dive into the heart of our chocolatey query, let’s take a moment to understand what a Velvetiser is. Picture this: a sleek, compact machine, elegantly sitting on your kitchen counter, promising to revolutionise the way you enjoy hot chocolate.

That, my friends, is the essence of the Velvetiser.

Developed by Hotel Chocolat, a renowned name in the world of premium chocolates, the Velvetiser is designed with one primary goal in mind: to create barista-grade hot chocolate right in the comfort of your home. It’s not just a fancy name; the device lives up to its moniker by ‘velvetising’ chocolate – transforming it into a smooth, creamy, and utterly indulgent drink.

The Velvetiser operates on a simple yet ingenious principle. It gently heats the milk (or your preferred alternative) and simultaneously whisks in the chocolate, be it flakes, powder, or even a chunk of your favourite bar.

The result? A consistently smooth and perfectly blended hot chocolate every single time, with minimal effort and no mess.

Ease of Use

What sets the Velvetiser apart from other hot chocolate making methods is its precision and ease of use. You no longer need to stand over a stove, constantly stirring and watching for that perfect moment before the chocolate burns or the milk boils over. The Velvetiser takes care of all that, maintaining the ideal temperature and mixing speed to ensure a perfect cup every time.

In essence, the Velvetiser is more than just a kitchen appliance; it’s a gateway to a world where every cup of hot chocolate is as perfect as the last, inviting you to explore and enjoy the rich, comforting depths of this beloved beverage.

So, as we ponder the possibilities of using different types of hot chocolate in this nifty device, let’s appreciate the innovation and craftsmanship that went into creating the Velvetiser.

Exploring Chocolate Options for the Velvetiser

Now, let’s turn our attention to the heart of our delicious dilemma: what types of chocolate can you use in a Velvetiser?

As someone who enjoys experimenting with new hot chocolates, I’ve embarked on an exploration to answer this very question.

So let’s delve into the different types of chocolate and see how they fare in this innovative machine.

1. Hotel Chocolat’s Own Flakes:

  • Designed for the Velvetiser: These flakes are specifically crafted to complement the Velvetiser’s technology, ensuring a perfect blend every time.
  • Taste and Texture: Expect a rich, velvety texture with a depth of flavour that’s hard to match.

Hotel Chocolat offers a great variety of flavours, so whatever your preference, they’re bound to have something for you.

Hotel Chocolat The Everything Hot Chocolate Sachet Selection

2. Supermarket Chocolate Bars:

  • Experimenting with Familiar Favourites: I’ve tried finely chopping popular chocolate bars and using them in the Velvetiser.
  • Results: The outcome varied. Some bars melted beautifully, offering a nostalgic and comforting flavour, while others didn’t blend as smoothly.

The majority of chocolate bars in the UK tend to have a very high sugar content, which for me, leads to an overly sweet hot chocolate experience.

3. High Cocoa Content Chocolates:

  • Rich and Luxurious: Chocolate with a higher cocoa content tends to melt more evenly, offering a more intense chocolate experience.
  • Personal Findings: These chocolate bars often resulted in a more sophisticated, less sweet hot chocolate, ideal for people who like dark chocolate.

These don’t have to be super fancy bean-to-bar chocolate bars. I’ve tried a variety of dark-cooking chocolate and was pleasantly surprised with the results. Just ensure to chop them up into small pieces.

4. Powdered Hot Chocolate Mixes:

  • Convenience Meets the Velvetiser: Many of us grew up with these powders, and they hold a special place in our hearts.
  • Observations: While not as luxurious as flakes or high-quality bars, these mixes can still produce a comforting cup, especially when you’re in a pinch.

Most supermarkets offer a decent selection of powdered hot chocolate mixes, with their number expanding a little around Christmas but despite trying a lot of them, I’ve not found one I enjoy that much.

Supermarket hot chocolate powders

5. Artisanal Chocolate Flakes:

  • Exploring Boutique Options: Artisanal chocolates bring unique flavours and textures.
  • Experience: These often provide a unique tasting experience, with subtle notes and aromas that can elevate your hot chocolate.

I believe these artisanal flakes offer the most exciting alternative to Hotel Chocolate. As they’re often on a par with or slightly more expensive than Hotel Chocolat’s flakes (which aren’t cheap themselves), these are even more of a treat but usually well worth it. Ruby Hue, Firetree, Knoops and others are what I enjoy most.

Firetree volcanic hot chocolate

6. Flavoured Chocolates:

  • Daring to be Different: For those who like to experiment, white and flavoured chocolates offer an interesting twist.
  • Findings: While they can be hit or miss in the Velvetiser, successful attempts lead to delightful and unexpected hot chocolate variations.

Terry’s Chocolate Orange is one that I think works rather well – although I’d recommend opting for the dark chocolate one as the milk is going to be too sweet.

7. Dairy-Free and Vegan Options:

  • Inclusive Choices: I’ve also tested dairy-free and vegan chocolate options for those with dietary restrictions.
  • Insights: Many of these alternatives work surprisingly well, ensuring everyone can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate made in the Velvetiser.
Knoops hot chocolate tubes - close up

A lot of the good quality chocolate is already vegan and dairy-free. Many of the Knoops flakes are both fantastic and vegan, so there’s absolutely no hint of compromising on taste or preference.

A Versatile Hot Chocolate Maker

In conclusion, while the Velvetiser is designed to work seamlessly with Hotel Chocolat’s own flakes, it’s certainly not limited to them.

Through experimentation, I’ve discovered that it’s quite a versatile machine, capable of handling a wide range of chocolate types.

Each variety brings its own unique qualities to the cup, allowing you to tailor your hot chocolate experience to your personal taste.

So, whether you’re a purist or an adventurer in the world of chocolate, the Velvetiser invites you to explore and enjoy the rich diversity that chocolate has to offer.

User-Friendly Tips for Velvetiser Owners

Owning a Velvetiser is like having a passport to a world of creamy, dreamy hot chocolate. But to make the most of this journey, it’s important to know a few user-friendly tips.

These will not only enhance your Velvetiser experience but also ensure that your machine remains in top condition for years to come.

1. Maintaining Your Velvetiser:

  • Regular Cleaning: After each use, it’s crucial to clean your Velvetiser. Thankfully, the process is straightforward. Just rinse it with cold water, add a drop of dish soap and give it a quick wipe. Then, rinse again to remove any soap residue.
  • Avoid Abrasive Materials: To preserve the non-stick coating, avoid using abrasive sponges or brushes. A soft cloth or sponge is all you need.

2. Optimising Chocolate Melting:

  • Finely Chop Your Chocolate: If you’re using a chocolate bar, ensure it’s finely chopped. This helps it melt evenly and blend smoothly with the milk. Adding the chocolate after the milk is already moving often helps.
  • Consistent Measurements: For a consistently perfect cup, use precise measurements. A kitchen scale can be your best friend here. Around 35-45g is good, depending on your taste preference.

3. Experimenting with Flavours:

  • Try Different Chocolates: As we discussed, don’t be afraid to experiment with various types of chocolate. Each type brings its own unique flavour and texture to your hot chocolate.
  • Adding Extras: Consider adding a pinch of cinnamon, a drop of vanilla extract, or even a sprinkle of chilli for an adventurous twist.

4. Temperature Tips:

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: For best results, use ingredients at room temperature. Cold milk or chocolate can affect the melting process and the final temperature of your drink.

5. Serving Suggestions:

  • Pre-Warm Your Cups: The Velvetiser doesn’t produce “hot” hot chocolates so on a cold day it can go cold quite quickly. A pre-warmed cup will keep your hot chocolate warmer for longer. Just rinse it with hot water before pouring your drink.
  • Garnishing: if you’re feeling extravagant or want to impress your kids, you can garnish your hot chocolate with a dollop of whipped cream, marshmallows, or a dusting of cocoa powder for that extra special touch.

6. Dairy and Non-Dairy Options:

  • Explore Milk Alternatives: The Velvetiser works wonderfully with various milk alternatives like almond, soy, or oat milk. Each alternative adds its unique flavour and texture.

7. Troubleshooting Common Issues:

  • Chocolate Not Melting Properly: If you find your chocolate isn’t melting properly, check if it’s chopped finely enough and if the Velvetiser is clean and functioning correctly.

By following these simple yet effective tips, you can ensure that every cup of hot chocolate you make with your Velvetiser is as delightful as the first.

Remember, the key to a great Velvetiser experience lies in experimentation and personalisation.

So, go ahead, get creative, and let your Velvetiser be your guide in the enchanting world of hot chocolate!

The Verdict: Can I Use Any Hot Chocolate with a Velvetiser?

I’ve been using my Velvetiser daily (at the time of writing) for over 3 years and after a thorough exploration and numerous cups of hot chocolate, it’s time to draw a conclusion about the Velvetiser’s versatility.

Here’s my verdict on whether this stylish machine is as versatile as we hope.

Adaptability with Different Chocolates:

  • Wide Range Compatibility: The Velvetiser has shown remarkable adaptability in handling different types of chocolates. From the luxury flakes recommended by Hotel Chocolat to supermarket chocolate bars and artisanal options, it has managed to produce enjoyable hot chocolate in most cases.
  • Quality of Outcome: While it excels with certain types of chocolate (notably those with higher cocoa content), it’s also fair to say that not every chocolate will yield the same high-quality result. Some experimentation is needed to find the perfect match for your taste.

Flavour and Texture:

  • Enhanced Flavour Profiles: One of the most impressive aspects of the Velvetiser is its ability to enhance the flavour profile of the chocolate used. The gentle heating and whisking process seems to unlock more depth and richness in the chocolate.
  • Consistently Smooth Texture: Regardless of the chocolate type, the Velvetiser consistently delivers a smooth and creamy texture, which is a significant part of its appeal.

Ease of Use and Cleaning:

  • User-Friendly: The Velvetiser scores high on user-friendliness. Its simple operation makes it accessible even to those who are not kitchen gadget aficionados.
  • Hassle-Free Cleaning: The cleaning process is straightforward and quick, making it a practical choice for everyday use.

Experimentation and Personalisation:

  • Encourages Creativity: The Velvetiser is not just a machine; it’s a canvas for creativity. It encourages users to experiment with different chocolates and additives, making each cup a personalised experience.
  • Inclusive of Dietary Preferences: Its ability to work well with various milk alternatives also makes it a versatile choice for those with dietary restrictions.

Cost vs. Benefit:

  • Investment for Enthusiasts: While the Velvetiser is an investment, for true hot chocolate enthusiasts, the benefits of convenience, consistent quality, and the joy of experimentation make it a worthwhile purchase.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, the Velvetiser is indeed a versatile and valuable addition to the kitchen of any hot chocolate lover.

It strikes a fine balance between luxury and practicality, opening up a world of chocolatey possibilities.

Whether you’re a traditionalist who loves a classic hot chocolate or an adventurer eager to experiment with flavours and textures, the Velvetiser is up to the task.

So, if you’re pondering whether to add this chic appliance to your hot chocolate routine, my verdict is a resounding yes – for its versatility, ease of use, and the sheer pleasure it brings to the hot chocolate-making experience.

Hot Chocolate World author
Andrew Lowry

Hi, I’m Andrew and I like hot chocolate. Given the nature of this blog, that’s probably not surprising though.

I don’t drink coffee or tea (except a bit of green tea occasionally) so my hot drink options are limited.

I’m a champion of good-quality hot chocolate and want to see and learn more about it, so join me and let’s learn together.

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