Buttered Rum Hot Chocolates12/10/2014
Disclaimer: Tower sent me their soup maker to review, but my words, thoughts, recipes and soul are my own. I was not paid to write th...
When I first opened up this soup maker, I looked it up and down and thought "You beautiful beast, I am going to make hot chocolate babies with you."
And so I did. Beautiful, fattening buttery rum babies. It is Christmas after all.
If you're like me, then you aren't a fan of the powdery, chalky hot chocolates from a packet, but you are in love with the creamy, frothy homemade versions, made with real chocolate and topped with a nice bit of whipped cream.
I live in a world where my husband only has to cough a few times and he has a six pack but I seem to attract weight just by being in close proximity to naughty foods. Like a magnet dropped into a bag of paperclips.
So this is a nice treat, and a messy one. When I normally make hot chocolates it involves a blender, a saucepan, a bowl, a whisk, spoons, measuring jugs and of course, the mugs.
I'm currently living at my parents while we have work done on the house, this means I have their kitchen (which doesn't have much natural light) which means I got very cross because all the pictures taken inside needed a lot of editing. So please stay with me on the difference in quality.
So before we get down to the recipe - here's my thoughts on this handy bit of kit.
The Tower Soup Maker review
It has four parts. The lid, the removable blades, the jug and the base. You simply put the jug on the base, pop in the blades, attach the lid and away you go.
How does it work?
You pop the contents in, set the timer for how long you want it to cook, and when it's done - you use the blend function to well, blend it.
Life saving qualities?
To work, the lid needs to be properly clicked in (brilliant for clumsy folk such as myself) and it has a function which turns off the heat if the contents inside the jug reaches too far past the max line. (A handy feature which stopped my milk spilling out the spout).
The main downside I found, is that the jug slots into the connectors via a little piece of rubber and there is a real knack to removing it from the base. A knack I only discovered after pulling on the jug quite hard and whacking myself on the jaw when it finally released.
So basically, I punched myself in the face with it. It hurt. I wasn't the only one who struggled with that.
Also, as the jug contains electrics, it can't be submerged in water or put in the dishwasher, making it a bit of a pain to clean.
You also can't choose a heat setting, which if a recipe called for low heat, could be a problem, but for soup making, hot chocolate making and sauce making, it's the right temperature, nothing burnt or went overly mushy.
It can be used as a stand alone blender. Also, I have made hot chocolates, soups and sauces with it. It also says you can use it to make baby food, which I didn't try as I don't have a baby.
Do I like it?
Duh. It takes away so much hassle in the soup making process. I can't be the only one that uses about 20 different things to make soup normally, My hand blender ruined my last stock pot, so I have to decant the boiling contents into another bowl to blend. This results in lots of burns. With this, everything is in the one place - I put in the veggies, I let it cook, I blend it. I pour in into my bowl.
Is it worth parting with your hard earned cash?
I am going to say yes, if you have the same issues as me. There are a lot of soup makers out there, but this is one of the more reasonably priced ones. I have found many other uses for this, and it comes with a 3 year guarantee, which is what we like to see!
There isn't a hundred different buttons to work out, or settings to...set. Just a knob and a blender button. Pretty simple.
Overall I give it a good 8 out of 10. It loses a few point because it hurt when I punched myself with it, and also it's a pain to clean but earns it's strong 8 points from it's ease of use, good price and the fact that it's easy to clean.
So let's get onto the recipe I made with it, shall we?
Of course, you can make this recipe without a soup maker. Instead of putting the ingredients in a soup maker, pop them in a saucepan. Instead of blending, you will need to whisk. This is worth the effort though. Double promise.
This recipe makes two mugs worth.
YOU WILL NEED
700ml milk or soy milk
150g dark chocolate (at least 60%)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground all spice
1 tsp maple syrup or honey
20g salted butter (cut into small cubes to reduce cooking time)
2 shots of rum
Whipped cream to garnish
FIRST OF ALL
Grate or finely chop up your chocolate. This make it easy to melt into the milk, which prevents you from over boiling your milk. Set up your soup maker, or place your saucepan onto a medium heat.
Pour in your milk, vanilla extract and maple syrup/honey. Give it a mix and add in the chocolate. Give it a stir and add in the all spice. Let it cook for 10 minutes, stirring (or blending if you're using a soup maker) every couple of minutes. Finally add in the butter.
Once all the butter and chocolate are melted, and your milk is starting to bubble, it's time to blend (or whisk). This gets air into the liquid, which makes it lovely and smooth (and helps beat out any pesky bits of unmelted chocolate)
SERVE WITH A SIDE OF AWESOME
Finally, pour the lovely contents into mugs and add a shot of rum into each one. Top with whipped cream and enjoy! Add a sprinkle of nutmeg on top for a rustic flourish.
Enjoy your boozy buttery mug of joy. Especially if you used your dads rum to make them.
Cheers to Tower Housewares for the soup maker, you can find the model I used here. It makes pretty good soup too (I promise I didn't just use it to make hot chocolates.)
What's your favourite flavour of hot chocolate? Do you make your own? Comment below!