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Win $150 of Hot Choccy

Is your mouth watering at the idea of an almost endless supply of premium hot chocolate at your fingertips?

Developed by hot chocolate enthusiasts Chris and Sarah Appleford, Hot Choccy is a flavoured chocolate powder with milk, dark, orange, strawberry, caramel, lemon and cappuccino flavours.

What makes it different is that Hot Choccy combines healthy ingredients such as 100 percent organic, Fairtrade cacao and 100 percent pure, organic Stevia extract, with delicious pure, Fairtrade Belgian couverture chocolate that is 100 percent sustainably grown.

Company owner and founder Chris Appleford was made redundant from his full-time job in the Communications industry, but rather than be disconsolate with the situation, he saw an opportunity.

“I used my circumstances to do something that I’d always wanted to do, own my own business,” said Chris.

“I love hot chocolate, so I thought why not start my own drinking chocolate powder company? It was a risk given my wife and I had just had our first baby, but I couldn’t resist the chance to do it.

“I needed to find a gap in the market to really have an impact. So after a lot of research I found there were very few flavoured chocolate powders available, and none how we wanted to produce it.

“So with the help of my wife Sarah, we sourced all of the ingredients and packaging from various distributors, did a lot of fun testing, and came up with Hot Choccy.

“Sarah even did all of the design work on the packaging, and shot and edited the photos  on the website. If there’s one thing everyone we talk to about Hot Choccy comments on before they try it, it’s how great the product looks.”

Hot Choccy’s philosophy is all about getting the balance right, both in life and the chocolate powder it creates.

“I think Sarah and I do a really good job of striking a healthy work / life balance, and we wanted to bring that philosophy to Hot Choccy,” said Mr Appleford.

“We don’t claim to be a healthy chocolate powder, but we use as many healthy ingredients as possible, while also ensuring it tastes delicious.

“Our cacao is sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, and low GI, while the Stevia is natural with no carbs and no calories."

Stevia is a small green plant, originally from Paraguay, with leaves that have an incredibly sweet taste 200-300 times more powerful than sugar. The leaves are remarkably nutritious and contain a variety of healthy vitamins and minerals. What makes Stevia even more amazing is it has zero calories, so you can consume it without raising blood sugar levels, making it perfect for people trying to lose weight or have diabetes.

“The pure Belgian chocolate makes it taste incredible, and the chocolate and cacao are Fairtrade certified which is in line with the philosophy of our company.”

Hot Choccy comes in seven different flavours (milk, dark, orange, strawberry, caramel, lemon and cappuccino) in three different packages - 70g and 250g bags, and a 100g jar.

Hot Choccy can be purchased online at

Here's the competition - please note it is open to Australian residents only and you must leave a blog comment to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will receive a $150 voucher for Hot Choccy which can be redeemed at their online shop.

Kerry Heaney

Disclaimer: Ed+bK has been given the prize voucher for this competition


  1. I love hot chocolate at any time of the day, but especially in the evenings when I'm watching my favourite TV shows!

  2. Ooohh this looks divine - especially on a dreary, rainy day like today! My boys would be over the moon if I managed to win this!!

  3. what a perfect comp to post on such a dreary day in Brissy - what could be a better pick me up than hot chocolate? of course it's not for me... it's for the kids. :D

  4. what a perfect comp to post on such a dreary day in Brissy - what could be a better pick me up than hot chocolate? of course it's not for me... it's for the kids. :D

  5. I love Hot Chocolate when the evenings are nice and cool and Im snuggled up on the couch with a good book

  6. Yum! Love the look of this Hot Choccy! Looks perfect to drink on a rainy day in bed all snuggled up with a good movie!

  7. I have never heard of this brand before but this blog post has me hooked already. Can't wait to try it :)

  8. Anonymous1:25 pm

    I love hot chocolate with junior mints!

  9. Just wondering - what are junior mints and how do they combine so well with coffee?

  10. A hot chocolate is the perfect night cap,
    I sleep better after a rich sweet treat,
    A flavour for each day of the week,
    Also good before an afternoon nap.

  11. Being lactose and soy intolerant, there's only a very limited number of cafes in Brisbane where I can indulge my hot chocolate obsession, so I have to make it myself. Sometimes you just want something special. I love that Hot Choccy is dairy and gluten free!

  12. patimickey5:28 pm

    Wow, Hot Choccy will be my perfect drink with this rainy weather in Brisbane now!!

  13. These hot chocolate powders look amazing! I love having hot chocolates any night of the week, but especially on a Friday night whilst nestled up on the couch watching a movie or a good TV show. Best combined with a few baked cookies to dunk into the hot chocolate and you are set with the perfect night in! Great way to begin the weekend!

  14. I actually crave hot chocolate every single day! Maybe I am deficient in something?!? ;0

  15. First thing in the morning with my vegemite on toast

  16. Heather11:27 am

    Who knew Hot Choccy could be good for you? What a gorgeous product!

  17. I love to drink hot chocolates on cold frosty mornings. It's a great motivation to get me out of bed when the weather starts to cool down.

  18. Ooooohhh... chocolate orange - my fave! I am heading to their website now!

  19. Ooooohhh... chocolate orange - my fave! I am heading to their website now!

  20. I wish I could say only the occasional cup in winter, but I love this stuff all year round. Round just like my bum after adding a few marshmallows and watching them melt away into the smooth chocolately liquid ..... DROOL **

  21. sarah2:57 pm

    this looks absolutely divine - best consumed with marshmallows and cream, curled up in front of a roaring fireplace in a b&b in Tasmania i think.

  22. I'm certainly with you on that Sarah.

  23. In front of a campfire, snuggled up with friends and family, toasting marshmallows in the fire.

  24. Jasmine Harris4:04 pm

    I love hot chocolate when the weather is cool or rainy - it's heaven in a mug!

  25. Cynthia4:41 pm

    I love to drink hot chocolate whenever I get a few minutes to relax!

  26. Yum... With a marshmallow!

  27. hi my names Renee and i'm a Hot-Chocoholic! throw in marshmallows and i'm in eternal bliss,especially after the kids have gone to bed.

  28. I dont drink tea or coffee so hot chocolate is something I love to drink when catching up with friends or just relaxing

  29. This range sounds absolutely delicious. I'd love to try the orange, but then again, I'd love to try them all!

  30. This range looks absolutely delicious. I'd love to try the orange, but then again, I'd love to try them all!

  31. Anonymous7:09 pm

    So impressed with the organic ingredients used and I love the idea of the caramel and strawberry flavours - quite unique

  32. I love a hot chocolate when its pouring outside and it's freezing!

  33. I love sharing with my daughter... it makes her face light up.

  34. I love sharing with my daughter... it makes her face light up.

  35. Rebecca Baker9:07 pm

    Hot chocolate is my fave drink!
    I love to drink it curled up on the couch in the colder months with the fire place going watching a good movie with my kids and hubby =)

  36. I love hot chocolate anytime, but especially when Im feeling down it is a comfrt drink. Your blog desription is one of the best I have ever read, winner or not, I must get some Hot Choccy

  37. When the kids are rioting and l don't want to snap, a lovely afternoon hot choccy is just right for me in the time-out chair!

  38. When the kids are rioting and l don't want to snap, a lovely hot choccy is just right for me in the time-out chair!

  39. theres no better way to end a busy day
    than with a mug of hot chocolate topped with Marshmallows

  40. I love a hot chocolate after dinner. Satisfies that craving for dessert and is like a warm hug on those chilly evenings. I can nurse my steaming hot cup for 1/2 hour, savouring the milky goodness.

  41. I have a hot chocolate every night...its my little indulgence for the day. But the best time for hot chocolate is definently rainy winter days. <3

  42. Hot chocolate anytime for me!! But when its cold and raining outside, I like to snuggle up with a mug of comfort.

  43. Nicole kent10:01 am

    I love shot choccie after a long hard day. It's my replacement for a wine!

  44. Louise10:23 am

    I love hot chocolate
    I love to savour
    that beautiful creamy flavour

  45. Why hasn't anyone done this sooner? Great idea. I've never thought of lemon-flavoured hot chocolate but I'm keen to try it. I'm most keen to try the strawberry one - I bet it tastes like strawberry Freddo Frogs! I hope one day they do a white chocolate flavour!

  46. I wrote the comment about the strawberry Freddo Frogs but didn't leave my address... it's

  47. After Dinner when Im feeling like something Sweet and feeling a bit Peckish Hot Chocolate is Perfect.

  48. Tanya Hickey3:36 pm

    Wow, this looks so tasty and delicious, yes please ♥

  49. i love to drink hot chocolate when its cold when im feeling sick and always at night i make a saucepan of hot chocolate just like my Nana use to make for us with some home made choc chip cookies or a piece of slice or cake i have done this all my life as we had it the same as kids its my favourite hot drink especially when its a cold day with hot bickies

  50. i love to drink hot chocolate when its cold when im feeling sick and always at night i make a saucepan of hot chocolate just like my Nana use to make for us with some home made choc chip cookies or a piece of slice or cake i have done this all my life as we had it the same as kids its my favourite hot drink especially when its a cold day with hot bickies

  51. Benjamin T.5:56 pm

    Winter time, preferably raining outside and watching a good film.

  52. When winter winds are blowing and you can't feel your fingertips, there's nothing better than wrapping your hands around a mug of hot chocolate!

    And oooh, just look at the variety! With this much choice, I'd wind up drinking hot chocolate all day, every day!

  53. I love a hot chocolate at morning tea - soothing and delightful!

  54. I like to drink hot chocolate on cooler nights in summer or anytime in winter. It's one of my fave ways to warm up.

  55. Kelly Arndt5:05 pm

    I LOVE Hot Choccy any time of day,
    But especially when the sky is cold and grey...
    Watching the kids play sport, chilly hands around a steaming mug...
    It's like giving your mouth a hug!
    Then at night time by the fire,
    What more could your heart desire,
    But a mug of Hot Choccy to drink,
    Just to savour the taste and not to think...
    Soothing away the worries of the day,
    In that ever-reliable Hot Choccy way!

    Kelly Arndt-

  56. A cold stormy night? Hot Chocy
    Windy and cold? Hot Chocy
    Sun showers? Hot Chocy
    A perfect spring night? Hot Chocy
    Kids driving you crazy? Hot Chocy
    Feeling too lazy? Hot chocy!

    Anytime is a great Hot Chocy Time!

  57. My husband and I both don't drink coffee. Instead our true love is HOT CHOCOLATE...YUM!!!!!
    I'm amazed by the range of different flavours created by Hot Choccy. A different flavour for every day of the week!
    I love drinking hot chocolate during early morning children's soccer games, in bed, at the office, on the lounge...ANYTIME of the day or night! .

  58. Julia Mason8:41 am

    I love to Drink Hot Chocolate anytime, especially when I'm stressed, it quickly calms me down!

  59. Lemon hot chocolate? Well, I never! I'm always up for new flavours but I thought I was finished being surprised by chocolate. Simple ideas are often the best

  60. Once the kids are in bed, hubby is down in the shed, and I can sit on the couch and watch TV and sip in peace.

  61. Its definitely a pick me up first thing in the morning without the coffee crash by mid morning!

  62. Its great for a morning pick me up. It find it peps me up but doesnt make me crash mid-morning like coffee does.

  63. Joanne Williams4:03 pm

    I love hot chocolate any time I feel in need of some comfort.

  64. Samantha Yep9:08 pm

    One of this evening drinks. Put your feet back, enjoy. Oh then continue on getting the house sorted and ready for the morning, it never stops

  65. Samantha Yep9:17 pm

    Nothing better than putting your feet up at the end of the day and enjoying a hot chocolate. Then to finish off, jump right back up and finish off all the jobs and get the house ready for the morning. Never ending hehe

  66. Anonymous9:50 am

    Practically swam to work today - just reading about this hot chocolate has made me a little cosier :-)

  67. OOO what a lovely giveaway! Thanks for the chance.

    I love curling up with a good book and a blanket during winter with a big cup of hot chocolate :) And I have done for a long time, because my copy of Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire has a hot chocolate stain on the pages from when I first read it back when I was about 11!!!!

  68. Steph Lawrence10:22 am

    Being a non-coffee drinker myself I am a huge Hot Chocolate drinker! Nothing better than a bit of chocolately goodness to kick-start your day - especially on a wet day like today!

  69. Anonymous1:06 pm

    All times all seasons any situation as I am a chocolate lover all round

  70. Hot choccy on a winters day would fill my spirit in a decadent way

  71. When my nieces and nephews visit, I find making a big deal of making a hot chocolate to drink is a good "aunts" bedtime ritual. No problems with bedtime when they are with me.

  72. When doing auntie duty, I find a hot chocolate before bedtime ritual makes bedtime a lot easier when they are visiting.

  73. Is there a particular time of day you should drink Hot Choccy? I like them at anytime - today in Brisbane would be perfect!!

  74. Anonymous5:59 pm

    When I finally get home from work on a day the boss has been an absolute beast!

    Maria Varrica


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