The Sad Maiden and Only Voyage of the Bodum Chocolatiere
Jan 23, 2011
Wrapped securely in giant bubble wrap, in a box within a box, she, my Bodum Chocolatiere, rested comfortably in a packaged womb as she found her way into my home. Her curves were undeniable, more svelte than the chocolate jugs made for ordinary use, bringing me hope. My use, though, was not plebeian.
Ground chocolate. Sugar. 2% milk. Vanilla. Filtered water. Heavy whipping cream. These were the ingredients of pleasure. These were to join as an elixir of morning ecstasy. These were what God designed, and what I would mix.
Mechanically, as I swished the plunger, all blended, but inefficiently. Chocolate powder remained at the bottom, unreached by the swirl liquid. At the top, other problems ensued: partially harmonized flavors pulled out with the plunger. All grace was lost as hot chocolate spilt upon my counter.
Though my struggle was true, my recipe was sure, and so, when all was meted generously between my Monday brunch guest and I, we enjoyed.
Was a better method of preparation available? Could the spillage be averted through a careful and exact portioning of ingredients? This I will not know. While drawing water to rinse, she clashed with a favorite coffee mug and left this world in several pieces.
Hot chocolate deserves to made with ease, and the Bodum Chocolatiere was not easy. Her virtue was her sophistication, but her vice was her fragility. She was beautiful to see, but not sturdy enough to love me back. There are better ways to make the hot chocolate you need.
Here's the thing... This is not something I would buy for myself as the NEED for it does not exist. It is however one of those fun items I wouldn't mind giving or receiving as a gift. It works well and makes delicious hot chocolate, but I can make the same hot chocolate on the stove and dirty one less dish. The Pro's: Blends the chocolate nicely, plunges easily. The pitcher makes the chocolate easy to pour as opposed to the normal way I do it straight from the … more
Admittedly, I'm not a chocoholic. Well not enough to pick up a kitchen gadget 'only' for chocolate. However, I'm a huge fan of Bodum (having 3 of their beverage makers) and couldn't help but want to try out this new device. Instead of hot chocolate, I went straight for frothing my milk laden coffee. I have to say I was pleased with the end result. I only filled the container half way to the max line, then got to work. A minute … more
Considering peoples love affair with chocolate, BODUM designed a delightful chocolate jug with unique blender-like qualities. The BODUM design significantly differs from classic ceramic or porcelain chocolate jugs but is still reminiscent of grandma's milk jug in form and shape. Chocolate milk is growing popular with children and grown-ups alike. The cleverly devised manual blender of the Chocolatiere consists of a propeller attached to a spiral rod that smoothly mixes the chocolate or chocolate powder, producing a rich froth. This makes it a fun-to-use tool, ensuring the best mixed chocolate milk ¿ the sinful temptation par excellence! The handle and the jug are made of heat-resistant, see-through borosilicate glass. The lid is made of stainless steel and plastic with a silicone gasket for better tightness. All parts are dishwasher safe. The manual blender can be fully disassembled for better cleaning. Fine drinking chocolate is becoming more and more popular across the US. Now with the Chocolatiere now you can make drinking chocolate at home. Just cut up some fine chocolate and place it into the jug. Fill the jug with warm milk, set the lid in place and move the plunger up and down until you have a nice mixed chocolate and foam. For an even easier method, put cold milk into the microwave safe borosilicate glass jug and heat the milk in the microwave. Then just add the chocolate and froth. If you let the chocolate milk sit for a few minutes between servings it will ...