National Hot Chocolate Day - January 31

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What Is National Hot Chocolate Day?

Every year on January 31, people across the country celebrate the timeless cold-weather beverage, hot chocolate.

Hot chocolate is a warm drink made with ground chocolate, warm milk or water, and sugar. It is sometimes called hot cocoa, hot chocolate and hot cocoa are often used interchangeably by Americans. The difference between these two is that hot chocolate is made from ground chocolate that contains cocoa butter, while hot cocoa is made from the cocoa powder component from the cocoa beans after the cocoa butter has been extracted. Through the fermentation, drying, roasting and grinding method of cocoa beans, a paste called chocolate liquor is produced.

2000 years ago, the first chocolate beverage was created by the Mayans and a cocoa beverage was an essential part of Aztec culture by 1400 AD. Europe popularized the drink after it was carried to Mexico in the New World and it has undergone various changes since then. Up until the 19th century, hot chocolate was used to treat ailments such as stomach diseases.

There are a lot of health benefits when drinking hot chocolate. Cocoa contains significant volumes of antioxidants that may help prevent cancer. It has also been explained that the cocoa beans help with digestion. The flavonoids that can be found in cocoa also have a positive effect on arterial wellness.

How to celebrate Hot Chocolate Day?

Cozy up with your favorite mug as we celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day, a day devoted to our favorite chocolate beverage. You can try on different recipes of hot chocolate for this chilly season, and here are some of our top favorites you can choose from:

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