Who doesn’t love the creamy comfort of a cup of hot cocoa? Moonstuck Chocolate Company, a boutique chocolate company in Portland, Oregon, recently garnered a 6-Star Award from the International Chocolate Salon for its collection of rich cocoa mixes. The award nomination was made by regional and national panels of food and media experts. And at realfoodtraveler.com, our editors think this award was well-deserved.
Moonstruck Chocolate Company offers three varieties of hot cocoa: Classic Hot Cocoa, Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa, and Mayan Hot Cocoa and our editorial tasting panel tried them all. The directions on the packages say to heat just to a boil (not scalding) 8 ounces of whole milk and add 4 tablespoons of Moonstruck cocoa and stir. Each package (4 tablespoons) provides 120 calories; 15 of those from fat.
The Moonstruck Cocoas don’t contain anything artificial. The Classic flavor contains powdered sugar, cocoa powder (Dutch process), and natural flavor; the Dark Chocolate variety contains the same with the addition of gar gum, a natural thicker. The Mayan flavor adds cinnamon and natural almond flavor.
The first thing our panel noticed about all three flavors was how creamy they are. Each has a silky mouthfeel that lingers on the tongue. While the directions called for whole milk, we used 2% milk and the resulting hot cocoas were still wonderfully creamy.
We also noted that the flavors are distinctively different from one another. They are rich and intense, more like European cocoa than traditional American cocoa.
Classic Hot Cocoa: This cocoa has a creamy texture with a milk chocolate flavor. We found this one a little sweet for our taste, but children would love this.
Dark Chocolate Cocoa: Equally creamy, the Dark Chocolate Cocoa has an intense chocolate flavor that’s satisfying.
Mayan Hot Cocoa: This was our favorite flavor. It has the deep flavor of good quality chocolate with background notes of spicy cinnamon and nutty almond. It made us want another cup!
Moonstruck Cocoas are sold in 9.5 ounce canisters ($9) or in individual serving packages($2). They’re available at Moonstruck cafes in Portland, at select retailers nationwide, at Amazon.com and online at www.moonstruckchocolate.com — Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor