Hot chocolate, also known as hot cocoa, is a beverage made of melted chocolate, hot milk and sugar. Chocolate was an integral part of Aztec culture, and it is said that they were the first to drink a chocolate beverage. However, they drank it cold. Interestingly enough, in the olden days hot chocolate was also used to treat certain kinds of stomach ailments.
Five Fun Facts:
- The word Chocolate comes from the Aztec word xocolatl, meaning bitter water.
- Chocolate is rich in magnesium and iron.
- Chocolate syrup was used in the famous shower scene to represent blood, in Hitchcock's thrilled Psycho.
- Cocoa beans were used as currency by the Mayans and Aztecs - perhaps giving rise to the question, does money grow on trees?
- Napolean carried chocolate with him during his military campaigns for a high energy snack.
Five Hot Chocolate Recipes:
- Spicy Hot Cocoa with Kahlua - It’s the perfect warm drink for a cold night. It’s worth adding to your bag of tricks. You get the goodness of calcium with the comfort of chocolate, plus the added zing of spices: hot, spicy, sweet and comforting — all in one sip!
- Coffee Chococcino- just as good as getting it from your local coffee place without paying the fancy prices.
- Triple Hot Chocolate- this triple threat chocolate treat is so smooth and such a treat on a cold night.
- Orange Hot Chocolate- The orange adds a delicious tang to this hot chocolate.
- Spiced Hot Chocolate - the spices give this hot beverage a little extra kick!
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Nutritional Information for one cup of homemade hot chocolate:
Fat: 6 g
Carbohydrates: 27 g
Cholesterol: 20 mg
Sodium: 110 mg
Protein: 9 g
Sugars: 24 g
Calcium: 285 mg