Happy Hot Chocolate Day!!!

Today is the day to celebrate a nice, hot cup of hot chocolate, or hot cocoa. It is National Hot Chocolate Day and grab yourself a nice, thick glass of one of the greatest ways to enjoy chocolate!

Happy Hot Chocolate Cake  Day ! ! !

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A Brief History:
Origination: Hot chocolate celebrates chocolate in the form of a hot drink. Hot chocolate is people’s most special favorite choice when it comes to selection of a sweet drink on a relaxing cooler day, when the day is not savory, any season–but especially likely on those winter months. All this became possible thanks to a process developed by a father and son pair of chemists. For the premium thicker and more flavorful beverage, hot chocolate is derived from ground chocolate that contains cocoa butter. Hot chocolate is very much older than hot cocoa, with an ancient process believed to have been created by the 1,500 to 3,000 years old Aztec, Olmec, and Mayan cultures, of what is today Mexico and Central America, with the term xocōlātl, which translated, means the “bitter water”, because the pungent brew of those days was neither hot nor very chocolatey, not by today’s standards. Death by chocolate isn’t a new phrase, either. It had to to with the 17th century practice of people having chocolate in the middle of a mass, disrupting the service. The Catholic church officially objected and challenged the nutritional validity of the beverage. Then in 1648, the bishop in Chiapas, Mexico tried to forbid the practice, since he found the good ladies’ hot chocolate consumption disruptive to his preaching. He got the women were so upset that they allegedly sent him a poisonous chocolate drink, resulting in his death.

Hot Cocoa, the New Revolution: Traditionally, hot chocolate has been associated with cold weather and winter in the United States and Canada. It wasn’t quite invented here, but very much so enjoyed, nonetheless, In the early 1800s, the Dutch chemist Casparus van Houten Sr. developed a process in order to separate the cocoa solids from the butter. His son, Coenraad Johannes made those fats more soluble in water. Together their processes made the idea of cocoa powder possible. But before then, it was only possible for everyone drank hot chocolate. Then with this thicker, creamier beverage, there were also some medicinal benefits for stomach ailments. Long before the beverage’s popularity in Victorian times, it was served up in ceremonial culture. Nowadays, hot chocolate brings about thoughts of Hallmark holiday movies, hooded blankets, and cold winter nights. The American rendition is a watered-down, artificial cocoa-flavored version of the original derived from a packet of dehydrated powder. Still, very flavorful and definitely soothing–especially by the fireplace.

Even More Ways To Enjoy Hot Chocolate or Hot Cocoa: Hot chocolate is a hot beverage made with ground chocolate, heated milk or water, and sugar. In the U.S., we often use the terms hot chocolate and hot cocoa synonymously. However, the two beverages are different. Hot chocolate can also be much richer and thicker, served spiked, flavored, or even a frozen recipe, accented with marshmallows or crowned with whipped cream. In some countries, they grow accustomed to topping their hot chocolate with cheese. Hot cocoa is a cool-weather icon—although it’s readily available year-round, accessible everywhere from vending machines to coffeeshops to countertop microwaves.

More Recently: Here is a more modern look at where this liquid chocolate delicacy came, so that the winter doesn’t have to just be cold. Nowadays, people have grown to pouring and sipping chocolate long before they began molding and melting it. Centuries prior to the invention of solid chocolate blocks and tablets, ages before Nutella and chocolate mousse, and hundreds of years before Betty Crocker ever boxed up a chocolate cake mix, chocolate was consumed purely in liquid form from the get-go.

Celebrated: January 31st every year, we celebrate as a warm up by enjoying this timeless, cold-weather beverage!

A Few Facts:
I am sharing a few facts, and more, some trivia, some not trivial. . .

Different flavors:

  • Hot Chocolate
  • Hot Cocoa
  • Hot Cacao
  • More. . .

The Present:
People all over the world, including the U.S. are enjoying their nice hot cup of hot chocolate, every day!

The Future:
Let’s give thanks and enjoy hot chocolate and hot cocoa this great year and in the years to come. . .


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Happy National Chocolate Cake Day!

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