So the motive for my post is that we got a Velvetiser (absurdly unnecessary but brilliant hot chocolate machine from the Hotel Chocolat brand) at Christmas.
I love it. It makes speedy and delicious hot chocolate which is really all you can ask of a hot chocolate machine, and it's elegantly designed to boot. But we've been using a knock-off brand of hot chocolate, because the Hotel Chocolat brand is £22 per 250g, and frankly, I balk.
This thing already makes the best hot chocolate I've had. But I have FOMO! Is the Hotel Chocolat own brand the lifechanging, wow-inducing experience that I would bloody need it to be at that price? Does anyone know?
Also if anyone has thoughts on cacao and where to get good ceremonial cacao please include that here! I expect that the Velvetiser will work well for ceremonial cacao, which would be great, because it's not exactly delicious and the mess of little undissolved bits on the bottom you always get propels it into "revolting" territory. However I haven't tried this out yet.
My questions are very specific, but I thought this could be a general thread for chocolate discussion and recommendations. International chocolate comparisons and insults are allowed.
edit 3 weeks later: for the benefit of anyone stumbling across this, yes, the Velvetiser is fucking brilliant for ceremonial cacao. I had the least unpleasant ceremonial cacao I've ever had, with almost no gross dreggy bits on the bottom. It's also great for turmeric lattes, although the turmeric has dyed the whisk yellow. It still gets used every day even though the novelty has worn off. Recommend. And Hotel Chocolat have reduced their prices, so I have been able to order some of the fancy stuff to try out without wincing.