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    As the weather turns cooler, I start having hankerings for apple cide in particular. Last season, I looked high and low for a sugar free apple cider and never did find one. Does anyone have a recipe for a sugar free cider? What about hot chocolate?


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    I'll be interested in what people have to say about cider. I'll probably pick up a jug of the non-pasturized, minimally-processed cider from a local orchard and enjoy in limited quantities.


    For hot chocolate, I've been meaning to try coconut milk with a bit of unsweetened chocolate melted into it (slow stirring on stovetop, like making cocoa the old-fashioned way).

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      Yes, DCKMB, I agree with BarbeyGirl, although, again, the cider will have to be local. My Mennonite (distant) relatives have a festival up in Canada every year and they like to churn fresh cider. It's wonderful. They don't add anything to it or boil it either.


      Not sure where to get such an unprocessed product if I wanted to now-a-days....


      I also second the coconut milk cocoa.

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        I know not everyone is into dairy here, but for a low-carb hot chocolate I go crazy for raw full cream (mixed with water) together w/ cacao, plus sweetener (e.g. stevia) as needed. If you want to make it more exotic you can add cinnamon, vanilla or any other spice/extract.

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          ah, childhood memories. My parents had wild apple trees on the property. The tart, hard, little apples made good cider. Your friends had a press and we would spend a day making cider in the fall. Unpasteurized, filtered just enough to get the bees out (bees loved to hang around the press when it was in operation), it was great stuff. And a couple weeks later we would get a little drunk on the stuff that had turned

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            Forgot to add...sometimes a pinch of chili powder (with cinnamon) in the chocolate is good too. Makes for more of a Mexican spiced chocolate.

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              Thanks for the tips. I am leaning toward a heavy whipping cream version of hot chocolate since I'm not a huge fan of coconut milk (blasphemy I know). Nina, do you mix equal parts of water with your cream for this?


              Cider is gonna be tougher. Alpine makes a powdered version but the ingredients list does not look appetizing:


              Ingredients: Maltodextrin, malic acid, apple juice solids, caramel color, aspartame, sodium citrate, tricalcium phosphate, ascorbic acid, natural and artificial flavors, spice extractive.


              Here's an article on how to make your own cider: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Apple-Cider


              Not sure I have the time or inclination to go to the trouble though. I'm confused as to why anyone would pastuerize it though. Wouldn't it be the same as just eating apples? I mean it's coming from the same product and we don't pastuerize the fruit we eat. Maybe it's a naive question but I don't get it.

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                DCKMB, I believe the industry's excuse for pasturizing cider is that it's "necessary" to kill the bacteria, particularly since cider is often made from fallen apples and other rejects that can't be sold whole.

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                  Sugar free cider? I don't see how that would be possible, since all fruit juices are very high in sugar. Are there kinds of cider that actually have sugar added to them? I've never seen that - but then I live in Vermont, cider is a way of life here.

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                    Yeah I was referring to "no sugar added." All the bottled ones I've ever seen have added sugar. But I'm on the left coast and maybe it's not so popular over here.

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                      I've been using unsweetened almond milk and 100% dark cocoa for hot chocolate. I love it.

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                        Nina, that sounds good--I think I have the ingredients handy. . .


                        DCKMB. . .have you gone up to Julian--some of the places up there might have some local unsweetened cider.

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                          Julian never even crossed my mind, catalina! Thanks for the reminder.

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                            unpasteurized cider ferments pretty quickly.

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                              Aha, so it becomes hard cider too soon. Sounds good to me


                              If you have a good farmer's market they might have local cider. I think the stuff I can get is still pasteurized, but at least it's just apples with no added ingredients at all. It's very strong/thick, and subsequently delicious


                              The hot cocoa with a touch of cinnamon and chili powder sounds wonderful too, I might try that one with CM.

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