I came across Stephen's hot cocoa mixes just after I moved to Wisconsin five years ago. I was wandering through the local grocery store looking for something to keep me warm on a cold winters night (this was the year we had over 100 inches of snow mind you), when I came across a can of cocoa with a giant cartoon polar bear on it. It looked festive and fun so I tossed it in the cart without a second thought, and that is how my love of Stephen's Candy Cane Cocoa started.
Fast forward to my fifth winter in Wisconsin.
Last week I was out with a friend of mine, we had decided to leave our toddler boys at home with our husbands and take a much needed thrift shopping and lunch break. I had to be home by 3pm and we made the decision to stop in to Shopko to look at the Christmas clearance before I had to drive home. While wandering the store looking for a box of ribbon candy for next year I came across some boxes of Queen Anne cordial blueberries on clearance for under a dollar. After lamenting the fact that I had already spent more than I had planned on our trip out I immediately headed in the opposite direction in search for my ribbon candy, lest I be tempted even more into buying a box.
What does this have to do with Cherry Chocolate hot cocoa you wonder?
Well at this point my sweet tooth had been awakened and as I wandered by the various selections of hot cocoa, I noticed that my favorite brand was on sale. I was going to pick up a canister of Candy Cane cocoa when I noticed a can with a picture of a cherry cordial on it.
Now do you see where this is going?
This cocoa is a cherry cordial in liquid form and if you make it with milk it melts in your mouth almost like the real thing. I think I should warn you that this cocoa is very sweet, it won't send you into sugar shock like a cherry cordial, but the first ingredient on the label is sugar.
Would you call me a glutton if I admitted that I've gone through half of a one pound canister in the last week?
If you don't want the additional calories milk will add, it is still fairly creamy when made with water, but it is definitely better with milk. Stephen's also suggests that it makes an excellent coffee creamer. I don't tend to drink coffee at home, so I can't verify this, but it does sound delicious. Once the weather warms up I'm excited to see how this fairs as a frozen hot cocoa, topped with whipped cream and a little cherry syrup.
Would I order this again? Yes! This may have replaced my favorite hot cocoa flavor, Candy Cane (also from Stephen's Gourmet.)