New Gourmet HOT Hot Chocolate and Recipes from Oliver Kita Chocolates

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Oliver Kita announces tins of Valrhona hot cocoa and chocolate shavings,enough for 12 cups. Plus, he describes three original recipes for HOT or Spicy Hot Chocolate. "My idea is to start with rich hot chocolate and rev up the level of HOT," said Kita.

Take the time to evaluate and enjoy what you have, where you are now, and chocolate every day is a part of that experience.

Take the chill out of winter with a hot cup of fine luxury HOT chocolate. Oliver Kita (http://www.oliverkita.com/newyears.html)
has created a gourmet Hot Chocolate treat that turns a chilly cold day into a warm inviting winter wonderland. "My secret hot chocolate concoction is made with luxury Valrhona chocolate and cocoa for an amazingly rich treat," said Kita. "And my three recipes for HOT hot chocolate are designed to add the heat to a comforting cup of very fine chocolate."

Oliver Kita's hot chocolate comes in decorative tins filled with gourmet cocoa and chocolate shavings that easily melt in hot milk of any percentage, hot soy milk, or hot water. Valrhona chocolate, which dates back almost a century to the Rhone Valley of France, is a very rich chocolate, and now Oliver Kita has now made it more so.

My idea, said Kita, is to start with this rich hot chocolate and rev up the level of HOT.

Spicy Ginger hot chocolate is made by adding one shot of Royal Canton Ginger Liquor to a cup of Oliver Kita hot chocolate. "This provides double heat -- ginger is a hot ingredient when combined with the warmth of cocoa. Add as much or as little as you prefer."

Chipotle HOT hot chocolate is made by adding one half of a measured teaspoon of chipoltle powder per cup of hot chocolate. "I would adjust the heat again, per your preference, and add a splash of cherry juice. The latter makes quite a positive difference!"

Wasabi HOT hot chocolate is the most pungent of the three. "Wasabi is a silent partner, not a burning heat. I add one measured teaspoon of green wasabi powder to the hot chocolate."

For all three recipes above, Oliver Kita recommends first stirring the cocoa powder and chocolate shavings into the hot liquid of choice, and then, while stirring with a spoon, adding the HOT ingredient.

Each decorative Oliver Kita gourmet hot chocolate tin contains enough for 12 cups of hot chocolate. "This is the best way to enjoy a winter afternoon with family or friends," added Kita.

The OliverKita.com website http://www.oliverkita/newyears.html) highlights other new chocolate creations perfect for a snowy cold winter, such as perky penguins, each handmade pistachio marzipan penguin is covered in white milk and dark chocolate tuxedos, and comes one per white igloo box. There are also organic chocolate Buddhas filled with organic peanut butter (http://www.oliverkita/organicgreen.html).

About Oliver Kita:
Oliver Kita is an award-winning Chef and Caterer who turned his artistic culinary talents to creating hand-made chocolates. A Culinary Institute of America graduate, Chef Oliver Kita received diplomas from L'Ecole Lenotre in Paris, L'Ecole du Grand Chocolat Valrhona in France and Academy du Chocolat, Barry-Callebaut, Montreal. "Appreciating chocolate every day can change your perspective on living," said Kita. "Take the time to evaluate and enjoy what you have, where you are now, and chocolate every day is a part of that experience."

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