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So I've just finished making about a liter of hot chocolate (lets ignore why for a minute here), and I've stored it in my refrigerator, inside a plastic bottle that was once used to store orange juice. Although I cleaned and rinsed the bottle as well as I could before using it, the hot chocolate has taken on an orange-y aftertaste. It's by no means inedible, but unwelcome nonetheless.

Is there any way to remove/mask the flavor? I'd hate to have to throw all this out.

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There is probably no universal means. Don't store strongly flavored liquids in plastic bottles you would like to reuse.

In the specific case of hot chocolate, it is ammenable to a number of strong flavors which may mask the odd orangey aftertaste. I would recommend re-heating it with a pinch of cayenne pepper (really; hot pepper and chocolate go nicely), and perhaps a couple of cardamom pods if you enjoy their unique flavor.

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Would cinnamon work? I just happen to have a lot of that on hand. –  cornjuliox Oct 16 '13 at 16:13
    
Its pretty strongly flavored; you could try it. If you like orange and chocolate you could also try orange zest. –  SAJ14SAJ Oct 16 '13 at 16:16
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