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There are some redeeming factors to the cold months, such as cosy nights curled up on the sofa with a blanket, a festive film and steaming cup of hot chocolate.
If you're partial to a warming cup of cocoa and want to be able to make luxury hot choc's from home this winter, there's one kitchen gadget that's proven to be very popular among shoppers: Hotel Chocolat’s Velvetiser.
With £20 off it's a great time to purchase. Not only could it be a money-saving buy for your home (after all, those £3.75 Starbucks hot chocolates add up) but it would make a great Christmas present.
Why we rate it
It makes deliciously creamy hot chocolates with real grated chocolate flakes in under three minutes (two and a half minutes, to be precise).
It's super-simple to use - all you have to do is plug it in, add your chocolate flakes and a dash of your chosen milk whether that be cows, oat, soy or another non-diary alternatives. Then wait while the flakes are melted to the precise temperature before being whisked and folded into the milk, perfectly velvetising your drink.
There are also numerous chocolate flavours to try, The Velvetiser comes with 10 single-serve hot chocolate pouches so you can try them all to find your favourite. The flavours include milky, salted caramel, classic, hazelnut, 85% dark, blood orange, and white chocolate and vanilla.
The Velvetiser is fitted with a removable whisk and the interior has a non-stick coating, which also makes it super easy to clean, which is always an added bonus.
Plus, it's not just hot chocolates that it has perfected.
Many customers have shared that they also use the Velvetiser to make indulgent frothy coffees like lattes, cappuccinos that are barita-worthy.
What the reviews say
With over 2,000 five-star reviews from customers at Hotel Chocolat, shoppers rate the kitchen gadget for its great taste and value for money.
“Worth every penny. I’ve had mine 4 yrs now…. I’ve found it so very useful, easy, fast & efficient. Love love love all the varieties of drinks that can be made in The Velvetiser. I definitely wouldn’t sway this for any other machine. I’ve loved it that much I have gifted them 4 times now everybody loves them.”
"It makes THE best hot chocolate and as the hot weather arrived now enjoying delicious iced chocolate and lattes."
"The hot chocolate produced by The Velvetiser is outstanding, the best we've ever had, and, we've tried many hot chocolates from Harrods and many other places. Easy to clean and maintain, plus doesn't take up much space at all on the kitchen countertop."
“We treat ourselves to a luxurious hot chocolate almost daily, its like a ritual and we love the great range of flavours. They work well with cows milk, almond milk, oat milk, whatever you fancy."