As Christmas is getting closer, stores are selling apple cider and hot chocolate. Since hot chocolate is now in season, I thought that it’d be a great idea to talk to an expert.  I love apple cider, but I wanted to know more about hot chocolate. I got a chance to talk to Stephen Story, the creator of Stephen’s Gourmet Hot Chocolate. 
    I met with Mr. Story face to face, and from the moment he came through the door, he was such a jolly and happy man. Some could say that he’s actually Santa’s younger brother in disguise! When we sat down to talk, I asked him about how he started Stephen’s Gourmet Hot Chocolate. He told me that one day, about 30 years ago, he went to the store and bought some hot chocolate. When he drank some, he realized it wasn’t any good. He decided to go to his basement and create his own hot chocolate as he’s a food chemist. Then his wife and kids tried it and they liked it, so he made six pounds of hot chocolate in a blender. They stored it in their house. Later, neighbors came over to drop off holiday treats like homemade breads and jams.  Mr. Story wondered what he could give to his neighbors in return, and his wife suggested that they could give out the hot chocolate that he had made. He made batches of hot chocolate and handed them out to the neighbors. They did this for three years in a row. On the third year, his wife went to a boutique and took with 24,000 1-pound cans of hot chocolate with her. On the second day of the boutique, she sold out. The year after that, they decided to sell the hot chocolate out in their garage and it took off from there. 
    Mr. Story also told me that the label for the company has changed about six times over the years. He also said that the company now has 21 different flavors,  including Pumpkin Spice, S’mores, White Chocolate, Peanut Butter Cup, Candy Cane, Mint Truffle, Salted Caramel, and their latest flavor, Chocolate Malt. The regular price is $5.49 for a 1-pound can.
     Before he left, Mr. Story gave me a 1-pound can of the Chocolate Malt Hot Chocolate. I tried it and I thought it was amazingly delicious. It had a very rich chocolate flavor, which stood out and didn’t fade away like what happens with other hot chocolate, the flavor was always present. 
I recommend Stephen’s Gourmet Hot Chocolate to everyone and anyone who loves hot chocolate. It is so good!