31 Jan 2023

National Hot Chocolate Day

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Hot chocolate is a drink we have all fallen in love with! It is one of the most delicious, luscious drinks that brings warmth, joy and unrequited comfort when you drink it. Hot chocolate is basically a hug in a mug! It can be made in so many different ways and enjoyed with an array of food items, be it a grilled cheese, popcorn, biscuits or just by itself. Celebrate the National Hot Chocolate Day in the right way by knowing its history, how to make delicious hot chocolate and enjoy it with your family and friends. So read on to know more about this inconspicuous, yet loved by all drink!

History Of Chocolate

Chocolate has a long and complex history that stretches back thousands of years. The ancient Mayans and Aztecs in Central America were some of the first cultures to cultivate cocoa beans, which they used to make a bitter, spicy drink. The beans were also used as a form of currency and as a tribute to the gods.

When the Spanish arrived in the Americas in the 16th century, they encountered cocoa beans and began to experiment with them. They added sugar to the traditional Mayan recipe to make it more palatable, and brought the drink back to Europe. Initially, chocolate remained a luxury item, consumed primarily by the wealthy.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, new technologies and innovations in manufacturing made it possible to produce chocolate on a larger scale, making it more affordable and accessible to a wider population. Milk chocolate was invented in Switzerland in the late 19th century, which made chocolate even more popular.

In the 20th century, chocolate became a global industry, with large chocolate companies such as Hershey’s, Cadbury, and Nestle establishing themselves as major players. Today, chocolate is enjoyed by people all over the world and is available in a wide variety of forms, from bars to truffles to chocolate-covered snacks.

History Of Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate, also known as cocoa or chocolate milk, has been consumed for centuries. The ancient Mayans and Aztecs are believed to have been the first to make a version of hot chocolate, which they made by mixing ground cocoa beans with water and spices. The drink was considered a luxury item and was often used in religious ceremonies. When the Spanish arrived in Central America in the 16th century, they discovered the drink and began to add sugar and milk to make it more palatable. Hot chocolate then spread throughout Europe and became popular among the wealthy. In the 19th century, advances in technology made it possible to produce cocoa powder on a large scale, making hot chocolate more widely available. Hot chocolate is a popular drink around the world and is enjoyed by people of all ages, today.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe

A warm cup of Mexican hot chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 115 grams semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • pinch of chili powder
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk and cinnamon stick over medium heat until steaming.
  2. Remove from heat and add the chopped chocolate, stirring until melted.
  3. Stir in the vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, brown sugar, and chili powder.
  4. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream if desired. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Traditional Hot Chocolate

A warm hug in a mug

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 115 grams of semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until steaming.
  2. Remove from heat and add the chopped chocolate, stirring until melted.
  3. Stir in the sugar and vanilla extract until dissolved.
  4. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream if desired. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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