I had all but forgotten about their existence until today when Izzy decided to venture into the yard in the freezing cold (reality, there hasn't been much hot chocolate weather has there?). Digging in the freezing dirt was so engaging that I was only able to drag him back inside with the lure of hot chocolate. He reminded me of the blocks and so I opened one.
The package had the very simplest of directions: Break one piece of chocolate into one cup steaming milk, or water and whisk until frothy.
The block consisted of eight pieces so I cut off one and followed the instructions. Izzy assisted and we both watched the floating Z, looking rather lonely in the pan.
I whisked it vigorously and the mixture became quite frothy but remained ultra-pale. Izzy and I were both waiting for the mixture to miraculously darken but when we realized it wasn't going to, I poured it into our mugs.
I sipped the mixture which bore little resemblance to hot chocolates I have known (worthy of their own treatise to be sure). I tasted hints of chocolate and cinnamon and the beverage was certainly warming but I would venture to say that we didn't use an adequate portion of the block.
Izzy didn't seem to mind, nor did I. But hot chocolate it was not so I am awaiting a response from the company as to the correct portion size and hope to report shortly.