How to create a hot chocolate menu to entice your customers

Martyn Herriott - Monday, January 07, 2019

What better way is there to warm up on a cold winter’s day than snuggling up with a delicious cup of hot chocolate?

Our supplier Kokoa Collection has launched and CBS now stock a Fairtrade Peru Cocoa Powder with 32% cocoa solids. This product makes a full bodied, intense hot chocolate which is beautiful served with a few marshmallows or add some whipped cream to produce an indulgent drink. We supply Fairtrade Peru Cocoa Powder in 1Kg bags and do contact us for further details on ordering and minimum quantities.

Customers go crazy for a classic hot chocolate with a swirl of whipped cream, topped with sticky marshmallows but there are so many other hot chocolate drinks you can offer – after all, who doesn’t love chocolate?

Creating an exciting hot chocolate menu is easy – all you need is a few other ingredients, and you can indulge your customers with a variety of options. Try spicing things up with a touch of chilli, or add a spoonful of mint ice cream to blast away the winter chills. Our Van Houten® Drinks are now UTZ Cocoa certified and we offer a full range of chocolate powder to indulge your palate.

For more ideas take a look at our top tips:

  • Dare to be different

    For true indulgence offer white hot chocolate. We love Kokoa Collection – an award winning hot chocolate that uses only the best cocoa beans. There are five flavours to choose from, including white Ivory Coast chocolate made with sweet creamy natural vanilla. Kokoa’s stylish hot chocolate jars will also look tantalizingly eye-catching on display!

  • Extend your range

    Syrups come in all sorts of flavours – simply add them to your base hot chocolate and you instantly extend your hot chocolate menu. You can also use syrups in lots of other drinks, extending your drinks menu even further. We recommend these for hot chocolate – add in one pump and you’re good to go:

    • Amaretto
    • Caramel
    • Cinnamon
    • Chestnut
    • Coffee
    • French Nougat
    • Gingerbread
    • Hazelnut
    • Maple
    • Peppermint
    • Salted Caramel
  • Hot ‘n’ spicy or refreshing and cool

    Syrups are hugely diverse, but they’re not your only option for adding extra flavours. Add chilli, cinnamon, vanilla and dark brown sugar to create a traditional ‘Aztec’ hot chocolate, or keep it simple with a scoop of peanut butter for a sweet and salty taste. Mint ice cream is another great option, and adds a refreshing bite to any hot chocolate.

  • It looks good enough to drink!

    Presentation is just as important as taste – customers are more likely to order a hot chocolate if it comes with all the trimmings: whipped cream and marshmallows. For a change, try marshmallow foam or serve your hot chocolate in a stylish mug or on a board of chocolate shavings.

  • Something for everyone

    Try to cater for as many different needs as you can. Offer a 50% less sugar hot chocolate option and, for customers that are lactose intolerant or vegan, offer almond or coconut milk as a great tasty alternative. There are lots of different Fairtrade hot chocolates you can buy which your customers will love.

  • A drink for all seasons

    With autumn on its way Pumpkin Spice Lattes are always a firm favourite, so why not offer Pumpkin Spice hot chocolate? It tastes great, fits in with this seasonal trend and means you can use your pumpkin spice in more of your drinks

These are just a few ideas to add a creative twist to a classic hot chocolate drink. We hope we’ve encouraged you to develop your hot chocolate menu, but if you do want more information, click here to see our chocolate page. If you’re already experimenting with your hot chocolate range, we’d love to hear your ideas, recipes and what flavours have been a hit with your customers. Please leave us a comment.

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iTechified commented on 29-Aug-2018 08:00 AM
That was worth a read. Thank you much sharing your views.

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