Drink chocolate because it has such a rich and delectable taste that stays with you long after you finish drinking it. After a day outside in the cold weather, drink chocolate, and you will savor it’s flavor more than at any other time of the year. Hot chocolate has the best taste during the winter. It is also a festive drink associated with the Christmas season. Santa Claus is often pictured with a holiday mug filled with hot chocolate. During brisk fall days, it is also use to drink hot chocolate.
Each chocolate lover has their own unique way to drink chocolate. Some prefer hot chocolate, mixed with hot water, for a lighter taste. Others add milk to hot chocolate for a stronger taste. Not only do some chocolate lovers like the rich taste of cocoa, they also love to add toppings to their hot chocolate such as whipped cream and marshmallows among many other toppings. No matter how you enjoy drinking your chocolate, all chocolate lovers agree that it has a taste that is out of this world.
Just like it’s taste, hot chocolate has a rich history. The Aztecs created the first chocolate drink around 2,500-3,000 years ago. By 1400 AD, drinking cocoa was a part of Aztec culture. Aztecs used cocoa to show high status. Like the Aztecs, the Mayans also enjoyed hot chocolate. A Mayan tomb, discovered at the site of Rio Azul, showed residue of a chocolate drink.
In the past, chocolate was a luxury that only the affluent could afford. Since cocoa was only grown in South America, it was very pricey in Europe. Cocoa was so priceless that it was given as a dowry when Spanish blue bloods married into othet European royal families. We should be grateful that hot chocolate can be enjoyed by everyone today regardless of social class.
Have you ever wondered who bought hot chocolate to North America? In the 17th century, the Dutch brought hot chocolate to the US and Canada. When you drink chocolate, be thankful to the Dutch for giving us this drink that makes our taste buds explode.
In addition to being tasty, hot chocolate is actually good for you. Hot chocolate contains more antioxidants than wine or tea, and antioxidants help fight cancer as well as many other diseases. Cocoa also contains flavonoids that help prevent heart disease and are good for cardiovascular health.
With all of it’s benefits, drink chocolate this Sunday, for it will definitely be a very sweet day. As a chocolate lover, are you ready to celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day? Go ahead and fill your mug with hot chocolate and enjoy a taste of paradise.