I really don’t get too carried away about those silly appliances and gadgets seen on late night TV or infomercials or lining the end caps of the department stores/ This one is really different. Honestly!
I love a good mug of cocoa and over the years have tried different homemade recipes, but I usually get lazy and go back to a store-bought version. The one thing that all those versions I’ve used have in common is the perfect method for making hot chocolate. The absolutely right temperatures, the perfect amount of froth and the smooth mixing of the powder and liquids.
We’ve had a Mr. Coffee Cocomotion for many years. Probably since they first came out. I loved it so much when I came across one at a garage sale I bought it to have a spare — which was good news when our machine finally wore out and I couldn’t find a new one. The even better news is the Mr. Coffee is making a new version of the machine and judging by the reviews on Amazon, people love this one as much as I love my older one (which by the way is now selling for over $150!). The name is slightly different,Mr. Coffee BVMC-HC5 Cafe Cocoa Hot Chocolate Maker, and except for an additional ingredients basket, it looks very similar to the older version.
The new version has the above mentioned basket to add additional ingredients, but still works the same way — add liquids (milk/water/cream) and powders, turn it on and it will heat and mix the cocoa to perfection. The machine turns off automatically when finished.
One tip is to rinse the carafe out immediately after pouring the hot chocolate out, it makes the cleaning a snap.
Over the years I’ve used homemade recipes, those little pre-measured packages and bulk canisters from the grocery store — they all work great in the Mr. Coffee. My absolutely favorite sugar-free version was found on Amazon, Caffe D’Vita Sugar Free Hot Cocoa, 10 Ounce Can, so much better than the common brands in the grocery stores. Indulgent, thick and very creamy.
If you’re a hot chocolate afficionado or just an occasional fan, Mr. Coffee’s Hot Cocoa Maker is one appliance you will love. Trust me.