The Secrets of Good Hot Chocolate
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Northeastern skiers may have to go all the way to Utah before they find decent snow. At Alta Ski Resort, the only thing warm is the cocoa, which every parent knows is a key element to the kids' ski day. Beth Hoffman or member station of KUER made the rounds at Alta with a group of hot chocolate experts.
BETH HOFFMAN: Anna Penner(ph) is five-and-three-quarters. She's dressed in a pink shirt and a pink powder suit.
Ms. ANNA PENNER (Child Skier): It's fun to ski up in the mountains. And it's also fun to have hot chocolate when you are in the snow or up in the mountains.
HOFFMAN: And Rashni Ryan(ph) is four-and-a-half with dark eyes, a deeper brown than the hot chocolate itself.
Mr. RASHNI RYAN (Child Skier): When you've been outside a long time, you should come in and get your (unintelligible) and you ask your mom and dad to make you more hot chocolate.
HOFFMAN: These two kids, along with five-year-old Mya Royer(ph) are on a mission: to find the best hot chocolate in the Alta ski area. We start at the busy cafeteria of the Gold Miner's Daughter, a lodge at the west end of Alta.
Mr. MYA ROYER (Hot Chocolate Expert): The hot chocolate is too watery and also it's too hot.
Ms. PENNER: Not too hot for my mouth.
Mr. RYAN: This is the bestest hot chocolate. Bester than our mom and dad's hot chocolate.
HOFFMAN: We then head up the hill to the Alta Lodge, a family-run inn also at the base of the mountain. There we sit in the quiet of the lobby loudly drinking hot chocolate.
Well, what do you think about this hot chocolate?
Mr. RYAN: I like how the hot chocolate is more brown. And it's more gooder.
HOFFMAN: Mya's dressed in blue ski overalls. He sits hunched over his paper cup, intently blowing bubbles into it with a straw.
Mr. ROYER: It almost burn my eyes at times.
HOFFMAN: Then we're off to our last stop, the Gold Miner's Saloon, located in the upstairs of the Gold Miner's Daughter.
Mr. RYAN: There's bubbly things inside it.
Ms. PENNER: It's not as hot as either one of them and it's even better.
Mr. RYAN: May I drink my hot chocolate at home?
Ms. PENNER: I think it's best. This hot chocolate's better because it has cream in it.
Mr. ROYER: I like this one cause it's so smooth and it's just smooth (unintelligible).
HOFFMAN: So my tasters found that the Gold Miner's Saloon has the best hot chocolate. Or maybe it as just that that was our last stop. Because, as Rashni explains, when you don't drink it everyday, every cup of hot chocolate is the best one you've ever had.
So do you think that hot chocolate is important in your life?
Mr. RYAN: Yeah, but you can't drink it all the time or you'll get sick like (unintelligible) chicken nuggets. Can't eat that all day. Just sometimes.
HOFFMAN: For NPR News, I'm Beth Hoffman in Alta, Utah.
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