~National Hot Chocolate Day~

Learn facts about hot chocolate


Sadie Turner, Contributor

On January 31, people around the United States celebrate a favorite winter beverage; hot chocolate. On this day, many people make homemade marshmallows and whipped cream to go with the hot cocoa. Some people add milk instead of hot water to make it less watery.

↬History and Fun Facts

Hot chocolate was discovered in Mexico by the Mayans about 2000 years ago. Hot chocolate became an essential part of the Aztec civilization by 1400 AD. People didn’t use this popular drink for enjoyment instead it was used for medicine to treat patients with stomach diseases. The original recipe for hot chocolate was a mixture of ground cocoa beans, water, wine, and chili peppers.

This favorite winter beverage was introduced to the United States in 1765 by John Hanan.

Christopher Columbus was the first European to taste cocoa.

Soon ‘chocolate’ became a fashionable drink enjoyed by the rich in Spain.

Hot chocolate and hot cocoa are two different things (hot chocolate is melted chocolate and hot cocoa is powder)

Hot chocolate has health benefits

The largest cup of hot chocolate was 880 gallons

Not many people know about national hot chocolate day or don’t celebrate. There are many recipes that you could try. Some recipes many surprise you like some recipes included salt in their hot chocolate.

Photo Credit: Kevin Menajang, Brigitte Tohm

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