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December 12, 2011
Ah, those memories.
Coming home to a cup of it.
("I know it's hot; it’ll cool.")
And you thought we were going to say the other one.
You can get your cocoa bean fix through hot chocolate, but health experts say hot cocoa is healthier.
It’s all about flavonoids that are more powerful than vitamins such as ascorbic acid in protecting circulating lipids from oxidation.
In other words, it helps your heart and circulation.
This being National Cocoa Day, it's time to pay homage to this underrated and overlooked beverage.
So what’s the difference?
Cocoa is the seed from the cacao tree, which is fermented to develop flavor.
They are then ground up to produce dry cocoa powder, which removes the fat of the cocoa butter.
Hot chocolate, on the other hand, is made from chocolate bars then melted into a cream or ground into a powder and has a much higher sugar and fat content than hot cocoa.
Archaeologists discovered cocoa beans in the burial chambers of the Olmecs as early as 1500 BC.
They were that important.
The Mayans soon fell in love with the drink and called this concoction "chocolat" and drank cocoa powder mixed with spices and herbs.
Kings had their cocoa beans ground with water, wine, and peppers.
There's still some confusion about what's what, with some calling themselves cocoa but are really flavored hot chocolate.
But when you find the real stuff it's a great way to have your chocolate cravings, completely guilt free.
I'll now turn it over to our members who are pretty hot stuff too.