Just in time for Christmas: new hot chocolate mix that’s great for people with food allergies and sensitivities
I’m drinking my very first taste of Windy City Cocoa, the brand-new product developed by Kim Lutz of Welcoming Kitchen. Kim’s a mom of kids with food allergies, and her passion is making great food accessible for families who have to follow special diets. She’s had the idea for a while to create a hot chocolate mix that her kids can safely drink, and she’s just brought it to market.
If you don’t have food allergies or sensitivities, this won’t seem like a big deal. But if you read this blog, you likely do. And you know how awesome it is to find a ready-made product that works for you. And especially for kids with allergies… it seems like they never get to have the treats their friends have. So this will be a big hit with families I’m guessing. Windy City Cocoa would make a perfect stocking stuffer too!
I used to LOVE hot cocoa packets, but it’s been a long time since I’ve tried one, so keep that in mind. The ingredients are organic cane sugar, non-GMO whole-grain gluten-free oats, organic Peruvian cocoa, vanilla powder, and salt.
The taste test: I followed the package directions, first adding about 2 ounces of water to the mix in the cup, creating a paste, and then adding in the rest. I had to stir a lot to get it to mix completely. I ended up adding another 1/2 cup of hot water after tasting the mix, as to me it was very sweet and thicker than I would like. But for kids who are used to regular sweetness levels in food, it’s probably perfect. It thickens more as it stands, so it’s fine from my perspective to add more water too. It has a lovely cocoa flavor and great creamy mouthfeel. I don’t taste the salt in it, but it does have 223 grams of sodium per serving, so be aware of that if you’re following a low-sodium diet.
They’ve also come up with two easy ways to use the Windy City Cocoa mix: avocado pudding
and mug cake. So it’s not just a seasonal product. I could also see this being a great base for smoothies too.
You can buy Windy City Cocoa from their website, and help spread the word if you know families who would love this product. We’ll be including two packets in our December readers’ thank-you which begins on December 17th!
vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, celiac, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free diets
Not recommended for:
migraine, paleo, and low-sodium diets
Required FTC disclosure: I received three packets of the cocoa from the manufacturer. I am also friends with Kim Lutz. I was not paid to write this post.