I just used a hand-pumped stainless frother tonight for the first time. For years I used the wand on my espresso machine and honestly thought it was the best one could do at home. Not so. That simple stainless frother and ice-cold 2 percent milk produced foam so thick I could literally stand a spoon in it.
I frothed first and then microwaved, very carefully, because it really wanted to overflow the container I had transferred it to. Then, I stirred in white chocolate drink powder.
I had meant to put the foam on an espresso, but the chocolate craving was just too much. It was astonishing. No other word for it. And so thick that it was satisfying in a way that a more liquid drink could not have been. Might even have built a little bit of muscle during those 90 pumps. By the way: a battery-operated device would have just seemed silly, unless I were serving more than six guests.