Friday, January 31, 2014

Hot Cocoa: Anything But Ordinary

A Guest Post

America’s favorite chocolate drink has long captured the hearts and tummies of cold-weather dwellers worldwide. Some fun facts about cocoa you might not be aware of:

·         It’s known to have been created 2000 years ago by the Mayans.
·         Aztec Emperor Montezuma drank 50 cups of hot chocolate a day out of golden goblets, which he dyed red and flavored with chili peppers.
·         In modern times, hot chocolate is enjoyed worldwide and comes in multiple variations such as the extra thick cioccolata densa in Italy to the thinner hot cocoa we enjoy in the states today.
·         A study conducted by Cornell University shows that hot cocoa has more antioxidants than both and tea and wine, therefore reducing risk of heart disease.

One, universally known fact is that everybody loves a hot cup of chocolate!

 On cold and wintry nights, there is nothing better than curling up around that hot cup of frothy deliciousness.

Certainly, you can opt in for a cup of instant cocoa powder, but you deserve better than that.  Something with a bit more heart, a bit more substance, something a bit less ordinary.

This past Christmas, I was given a coffee maker from Dolce Gusto: the Piccolo. I had been sampling a few different flavors when I came across the hot chocolate capsule: the Chococino.

At first taste of this rich, velvety (and nearly instant!) hot cocoa, I had found the answer to my hot chocolate prayers.

With its intense chocolate flavor and delicate layer of frothy milk, you would never guess that the Chococino is just as quick and easy to create as your boxed instant cocoa.

If you are anything like me, a chocoholic, I urge you to give this decadent treat a go.


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