Is the Chocolat Velvetiser worth the £100 price tag? I Tried It – Samantha King

Some people can’t start their day without a coffee in the morning, but for me, it’s a hot chocolate I can’t live without.

I’ve racked up a good bill over the years indulging in my hot chocolate addition, spending around £3.30 a day to buy one at my local cafe – and it has to be significant.

So when I heard about the latest cult kitchen gadget, the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser, I wanted to try it.

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The hot chocolate machine seems to be everywhere at the moment, with co-workers and friends raving about it, and my savvy social media algorithms tossing it in front of me at every opportunity.

It sells for around £99 but I managed to buy it for £20 less with the discount code Easter22 direct from the Hotel Chocolat website.

I bought the copper version (although it also comes in anthracite and white) and it’s a thing of beauty. It’s very sturdy and comes with two sleek white mugs and a flyer telling me that if I register my machine online they’ll mail me a packet of free cookies.

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I tried the Velvetiser with two different hot chocolate powders: the classic Dairy Milk powder and the slightly more indulgent Cafédirect San Cristobal drinking chocolate.

My drinks were definitely much smoother and tastier when made with the Velvetiser, and I’ll never go back to my previous method of microwaving, adding powder and stirring everything with a spoon.

I noticed that the machine brought out the sweetness of the drinks much more and the frothy top it created felt like real coffee quality.

Above all, it is easy to clean. The machine’s detachable whip can be removed for a quick rinse, allowing the beast’s barrel to be wiped down quickly and without the fuss.

The Velvetiser only makes one drink at a time
The Velvetiser only makes one drink at a time

My one and only criticism of the machine is that it only makes one drink at a time – and a small drink at that. If you were having guests, you should serve them one at a time.

But if you love hot chocolate as much as I do, then the Velvetiser is definitely for you. However, if you’re indifferent, it’s not something you should splurge on.

It should be noted that there are many alternatives to the Hotel Chocolat machine. Aldi is also offering a Steel Hot Chocolate Machine for £39.99, although it’s currently sold out.

How it works

The machine sells for around £99
The machine sells for around £99

You pour milk up to the line that says “max” in the machine, add your powder, put it back on the base, open the lid and press the big button.

A removable whisk inside – attached via a magnet – stirs your drink, and it’s heated at the same time. It makes a clicking sound when finished, and when you pour the drink, it’s at a hot temperature and ready to drink. The whole process takes about 1.5 minutes.

What can be done with velouté?

Although Hotel Chocolat’s official advice is to only use their products, you really can do it all.

I stuck to the powders, but you can chop up chocolate chunks for an ultra indulgent drink. Crushed Maltesers are apparently very sweet and next on my list to try.

You can also make other drinks there, like coffee and if you really wanted, Ovaltine. Anything powder-based has its place in the Velvetiser.

Do you have a Velouté? What do you do with it? Let us know in the comments.

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Richard L. Militello