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Kitchen Histories: Hot Chocolate

Jan 23, 2014

by Sarah Lohman

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Sarah Lohman is a historic gastronomist. She recreates historic recipes as a way to make a personal connection with the past, as well as to inspire her contemporary cooking. You can follow her adventures on her blog, Four Pounds Flour. In this series, Lohman will comb Etsy for items that speak to America’s culinary past.

There is nothing that makes me crabbier than the journey to the subway the morning after a blizzard: shuffling through snowdrifts, clambering over snow-plowed mountains, and sloshing through puddles of icy water. By the time I make a round trip, I arrive home both freezing and sweating, out of breath and clamoring for something to make me feel better.

The solution to these exasperating winter days is always hot chocolate. Caloric and caffeinated, hot and sweet, it sets you right in an instant. And you can do better than just plain chocolate flavor — how about how about vanilla rose, Earl Gray, or chili spiced?

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Whimsy and Spice

Earl Grey hot chocolate: mmm.

These flavors sound avant garde, but they’re actually inspired by chocolate’s history. Chocolate was first consumed in liquid form in ancient Mesoamerica. Cocoa pods were harvested and fermented; then, the seeds were roasted and ground with a metate, a stone grinding tool also used to process corn. After being mixed with water, the chocolate was served hot or cold with added flavorings like vanilla beans, ground chili, honey, or a spicy tree-flower that had a taste similar to black pepper and nutmeg. Barely processed and only occasionally sweetened, the hot chocolate of the Maya and the Aztecs sounded so different than our modern drink that I was inspired to try making it myself.

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Roasted cacao beans (or nibs) peeled and ready to be ground.

I started by buying raw cacao beans online; they’re a popular health food snack that contain high amounts of magnesium and good fats. I used my toaster and my food processor to speed up the process and added a whole vanilla bean for flavor. I added my powdered chocolate to cup of boiling water with a bit of honey.

In both Maya and Aztec art there are depictions of elegant women pouring liquid chocolate between two vessels, one on the ground and one held at chest height. Pouring the chocolate back and forth aerates and froths the drink as it falls through space, like the waterfall in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. A thick head of froth was seen as the sign of a fine cup of chocolate. The method seemed simple enough, so I placed one bowl on the kitchen tile, held one in the air, and gently poured. Chocolate spattered all over my floor.

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A molinillo is used to froth hot chocolate.

After cleaning up my mess, I decided to test out the Spanish method for frothing chocolate: a molinillo. After the Conquistadors pressed their way through Central America in the 16th century, they began exporting New World goods to Europe, like chocolate. The drink became very trendy back in Spain amongst the noble class, who added a lot of sugar, which is similar to hot chocolate today. They also used spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, which we now know as Mexican hot chocolate.

The Spanish invented all sorts of accessories to serve chocolate, which made their way back to Mexico, like wood-handled chocolate pots, silver serving cups, and carved wooden molinillos. The molinillo handle was held in the palms and spun, and the bulbous head frothed the chocolate.

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Mixing up a historically-accurate cup of cocoa.

Even after the Spanish, chocolate still had a long way to go before it became our modern drink. In the 19th century, mechanized processes separated the cacao from the cacao fats, making a less greasy chocolate; dairy was also added to mediate chocolate’s natural bitterness. So I was apprehensive when it was time to taste my ancient drink.

My first sip was shockingly bitter and acidic, even with the added honey and vanilla. But the more I sipped, I realized I didn’t like it at first because it was different than my expectation of what hot chocolate should taste like. The sour drink was more like coffee, an acquired taste. The more I drank it, the more I liked it. After six sips, I found the flavor complex and satisfying, and I felt invigorated.

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I cradled my cup and looked outside. Suddenly, the winter snow was beautiful again.

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124 comments

  • jessgreenleaf

    Jess Greenleaf from GREENLEAFblueberry said 2 years ago

    Who knew there were so many fun looking kitchen utensils devoted to hot chocolate? Other side effects of this article besides new kitchen wants: craving for hot chocolate next to me instead of coffee...

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome from rosebudshome said 2 years ago

    Wow you put a lot of work into the perfect cup of hot chocolate. Not many people will turn down a cup of the frothy brew I like mine with lots of marshmallows.

  • amysfunkyfibers

    Amy Gunderson from amysfunkyfibers said 2 years ago

    Yum- Perfect for a cold day like today. You may have to do a marshmallow feature tomorrow!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 2 years ago

    This is my favorite go to hot beverage! You can never go wrong with hot chocolate and a ton of marshmallows!

  • AbleAprons

    Erika Kelly from PortlandApronCompany said 2 years ago

    What an interesting story! I love learning about pieces of history such as this that I would never had thought about on my own. Thank you! I'm glad you gave your hot chocolate a chance and kept sipping on it :-)

  • HansHolzkopf

    Natalie from HansHolzkopf said 2 years ago

    wow! very interesting and very YUMMMMMMYYYY!

  • babsfsu

    Barbara Gable from CrazyLovely said 2 years ago

    so interesting! There's nothing like curling up with the perfect cup of cocoa.

  • devanireena

    Reena from kisii said 2 years ago

    I agree, 100%!! Hot chocolate is the solution! Thanks for sharing your story with us, and congratulations on the feature. I'm going to be craving chocolate all day!!

  • MyChouchou

    MyChouchou from MyChouChou said 2 years ago

    this is a dream blog! nothing, i mean nothing is better than a cup of hot chocolate (well, maybe a cup of latte or mocha or cappuccino.....)! my dad used to make it the spanish way, a molinillo. thank you for the inspiration and now i'm off to make a cup of steaming hot chocolate with just a hint of cinnamon : )

  • MrsGingerandWasabi

    Marta DQ from tribomo said 2 years ago

    Hot chocolate makes you feel better instantly! :) Typically in Spain during the holiday of 'los reyes magos' (Christmas time) we drink hot chocolate and dip in it a sweet bread called 'roscon de reyes'. That's the best hot chocolate of the year!

  • wigginssandy

    Sandy Wiggins from SandyWigginsImages said 2 years ago

    Awesome (and timely) feature! :)

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 2 years ago

    Sounds wonderful!

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth from seasidecloth said 2 years ago

    ...and the marshmallows!

  • TheBloomingHare

    Gretchen Ellen Powers from TheBloomingHare said 2 years ago

    Mmmmm! This inspires me to want to put the kettle on for some hot cocoa-goodness! I love winter!

  • silverlily786

    Fatema from SilverLilyJewelry said 2 years ago

    I've taken to dark chocolate chips used as a base and a moroccan mint tea bag as a flavor accent. Uplifting before, during and after a blizzard:)

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 2 years ago

    Sounds delicious!

  • brucepark

    Bruce Park from BruceParkArts said 2 years ago

    Ok that sounds really good! I need to try it.

  • LanaManisDesigns

    Lana Manis from LanaManisDesigns said 2 years ago

    Thank you for the history lesson! Hot chocolate is fascinating as well as delicious! I also found out through your article that I own a couple of molinillos. I had collected the vintage wooden items because of their handmade qualities, not even knowing what they were called.

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 2 years ago

    cocoa heaven!

  • ClassicMemories

    ClassicMemories from ClassicMemories said 2 years ago

    totally delish!

  • creativehistory

    Creative History from CreativeHistory said 2 years ago

    I must admit, tea is my hot beverage of choice, but when I'm in the right mood and the weather is just right then hot chocolate easily surpasses it. Especially with whipped cream on top.

  • foundherart

    Robin Foundher from foundherart said 2 years ago

    Wonderful article! Makes me want to watch the film "Chocolat"... I love the scene where Juliette Binoche offers Judi Dench a cup of of her special hot chocolate.

  • littleshopofphotos

    Michele Iljazi from OneDecember said 2 years ago

    I absolutely love this!!! I must try to make it, as it sounds fantastic! I've made a similar hot chocolate beverage and am now inspired to experiment further. Such an interesting and cool article!

  • fineartstoneware

    fineartstoneware from fineartstoneware said 2 years ago

    Interesting. And I love chocolate!

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers from FluffyFlowers said 2 years ago

    Yum. Now I need a hot coco! :)

  • specimenboxshop

    Gabriele Cavender from specimenboxshop said 2 years ago

    Drinking some right now! Cold even here in Florida!

  • BlueSquiggle

    Monique Flannagan from BlueSquiggle said 2 years ago

    Smart article! Love a good hot chocolate! Also, On occasion, a good hot chocolate is an acceptable meal for breakfast!!!

  • LittleGussy

    Kasia B from ShesGUtSSY said 2 years ago

    Who knew there was so much to hot chocolate. I love the research you clearly have put into this Sarah...and the collection is great!

  • heathergalea

    Heather Galea from HeatherGaleaDesigns said 2 years ago

    Hot Choc with Peppermint Candies!!! YUM

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 2 years ago

    yummy :))

  • candycanemaker

    candycanemaker from candycanemaker said 2 years ago

    fun and interesting!!

  • musingtree

    Tamara Lance from MusingTreeStudios said 2 years ago

    Yummy!

  • dcicconefaniel

    Deborah Ciccone-Faniel from ArtfulCreationsByDeb said 2 years ago

    I think after reading this I'm going to go home and enjoy a cup myself.

  • bedouin

    Nicole from bedouin said 2 years ago

    Yum !! Earl grey hot chocolate sounds interesting ~ I've tried lavender hot chocolate and it was heavenly !

  • TheCuttingBoardShop

    Larry And Valeria from TheCuttingBoardShop said 2 years ago

    Oh yes!! Today a hot chocolate would be a real joy, even here in Florida!

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk from Ebruk said 2 years ago

    It Sounds delicious!

  • haruaki

    Tiffany Key from resinjewelryHARUAKI said 2 years ago

    This reminds me of the scene in Chocolat where Juliette Binoche makes hot chocolate. Such a love of process and authenticity. This article makes me rather intrigued. If only I could find my molinillo...

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 2 years ago

    Great way to start a cold day!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 2 years ago

    Mmmmmm... Hot chocolate, best served thick & sweet (just like my dog!) It's a sugar fix, comfort food, pick-me-up & meal substitute all in one, & I drink it virtually all the year round. But I have to say, the "original" version you made sounds pretty revolting! LOL

  • pvpviava10

    prissy from dahbudda said 2 years ago

    Really loved this, when i was living in massachusetts i know that same feeling of having to walk through five feet of snow. Digging my car out of a wall or snow and slipping on black ice. But everytime i headed inside and my family had made hot cocoa it always made the hard snowy trail back home worth it.

  • buttonbazaar

    Michelle and Joann from ButtonBazaar said 2 years ago

    It doesn't have to be cold outside to enjoy hot chocolate! I have a cup most evenings in the "winter", even though ours are very mild in Arizona! I love adding cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne to mine!

  • deabeatovic

    Dea Beatovic from DreamCorridor said 2 years ago

    Calories doesn't matter when you have something tasty in your hands.

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 2 years ago

    Cold and snowy here too. This is the sort of weather that I hate the most..... So cold and this house is so old it never warms up. I can always see my breath in the air I have on 3 pairs of pants 2 pairs of socks 1 of them thermal, 3 shirts 2 hats and a hood, and I would kill for something hot to drink because I am still so cold I have goose bumps and my teeth won't stop chattering. Great article thanx. For just 1 short moment you made me able to feel my toes again.....

  • lovelygifts

    Linda from lovelygifts said 2 years ago

    mmmm Yum!

  • everythingok

    everythingok from everythingok said 2 years ago

    Any variation of hot chocolate is a good thing in my estimation. This is magnificent.

  • LedaDesign

    Leda Design from LedaDesign said 2 years ago

    Yummy!

  • farandtwee

    Vintage Minnow from VintageMinnow said 2 years ago

    NEED SOME NOW!

  • camrynfallon

    camrynfallon from ZenVintageCollection said 2 years ago

    Ummm, I need to make some now!!! :-b

  • JewelMeShop

    Georgia from JewelMeShop said 2 years ago

    I love chocolate!Hot chocolate on a winter day is such a pleasure!

  • TheGlowingSkin

    TheGlowingSkin from TheGlowingSkin said 2 years ago

    Pitching hot chocolate in winter to a female heavy site, you can never go wrong. Already I am browsing through the products displayed to snag some goodies.

  • BCtwo

    Katrina Balling from BCtwo said 2 years ago

    yumm I too was craving hot chocolate after slogging though the cold nyc streets this morning. you read my mind!

  • oracleleatherworks

    Oracle Leather from OracleLeather said 2 years ago

    Going to have to buy some coco beans.

  • fieldtrip

    Amy from fieldtrip said 2 years ago

    so fun! i've really got into hot chocolate this winter - my fave has been a tin of salted caramel hot chocolate (so good) but you're inspiring me to branch out even more :)

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 2 years ago

    Yum! Right now is a great time to be serving this up!!

  • pickleberries

    Lonnie from pickleberries said 2 years ago

    Fascinating and fun read! Now I want to try it too. :)

  • auntsuesoldnewlovely

    auntsuesoldnewlovely from AuntSuesVintage said 2 years ago

    I've been enjoying a cup of cocoa each day! :0) I was thinking....there's only so many months out of the year that I enjoy hot drinks.

  • alwayzzcitra

    Citra Florenca from TheBlogShop said 2 years ago

    Interesting article. I don't have enough skill to craft a perfect hot cocoa, and after reading this, I envy those who do. A lot!

  • KarinLorenc

    KarinLorenc from KarinLorenc said 2 years ago

    Ooh. I'd love to try this.

  • animalcharm

    Tina from AnimalCharm said 2 years ago

    Very interesting post. Nothing takes the chill away better than a steaming cup of coco. I've adoped a daily hot coco ritual this winter. Yum makes me want one right now.

  • CrystalsDesignMind

    Crystal from IKANDiiAccessories said 2 years ago

    The best winter drink ever! time love to sip and look at the crystal bracelet I made on my arm at the same time. Lol jk. But I can't live without hot chocolate, especially the peppermint hot chocolate at Starbucks!

  • melonybeard1

    Melony Beard from MelsToyBox said 2 years ago

    I love hot chocolate. I like it IN my coffee in place creamer. Interesting post and it looks good, different, but good.

  • SabrinaBJewelry

    Sabrina from SabrinaBJewelry said 2 years ago

    Yummy!

  • H88255

    H88255 from HillarysSuperfoods said 2 years ago

    Great story! Hot Chocolate is a classic treat! It is fun to personalize and make your own with other flavors, too. True hot chocolate with cacao beans or nibs creates a decadent hot beverage at the table or while reading! It is an acquired taste that is filled with antioxidants!

  • katherinedooren

    katherine Lenz from 214EVER said 2 years ago

    ALL KINDS OF CHOCOLATE. I LOVE THEMA ND I APPRICIATE THE SHOW OF CHOCOLATE AND THEY LOOK GREAT AND WONDERFUL. ONE DAY, I WILL TRY THEM.

  • lowelowejewelry

    Lowe Jewelry from lowelowejewelry said 2 years ago

    Yummm :)

  • DeepSilence

    Sonja Bikić from DeepSilence said 2 years ago

    I will tray this with my https://www.etsy.com/listing/96025176/cookie-and-hot-chocolate-pot-with?ref=shop_home_active_9

  • YiaYia17

    Kathleen Hoty said 2 years ago

    Very interesting story, enjoyed the history and pictures. Hot chocolate is one of my favorite drinks. Thank you for sharing!

  • Masselyn

    Tiffany Profet from ButtercupandCo said 2 years ago

    Ooooh, just perfect for the chilly mornings when I start my day at 4am. I need to tumble around Etsy and find someone who makes really good Vegan Marshmallows. That is the one thing I miss the most to top off a frothy cup o' chocolate.

  • boonwoodLV

    Klik Klak Blocks from KlikKlakBlocks said 2 years ago

    Looks soooooo tasty! And very great for such cold winter days as this one. Having -20 degrees Celsium in Latvia. Hot drinks needed!! :)

  • JumpedUpStitcher

    Sid Winters from JumpedUpStitcher said 2 years ago

    Sounds delicious. Thanks for the good story about a real comfort food. I am looking forward to visiting your shop and your interesting sounding blog site.

  • CJaPalmer

    Cindy from TwistdbyDesign said 2 years ago

    I love Hot Chocolate, but can't have the stuff. But I can have and found White Hot Chocolate mix, tetoncocoacompany Thanks

  • jenstilley

    Jen Stilley from ArtfullyYoursByJen said 2 years ago

    Sounds delicious and beyond what hot chocolate is today. Might be worth a try some time. Thanks for sharing!

  • FiftyFourTenStudio

    Mary Lee from FiftyFourTenStudio said 2 years ago

    Love chocolate! Those hot chocolate cupcakes look amazing!

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 2 years ago

    ymmm sounds good enough to be a dessert.

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  • TheSingingBird

    Becky from TheSingingBird said 2 years ago

    You just reminded me of our trip to Amsterdam last winter. It was freezing so we stopped in a local chain called Bagels & Beans and had the best hot chocolate. It was hot milk in glass mugs and you stirred in milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips, or a combo of both. It was sooo good and just right for the weather. Now I want to try something like you described here.

  • TheGoodCapn

    The Good Cap'n from CapnsKustomWorks said 2 years ago

    Sounds excellent, although I would prefer un-spiced! The pouring trick described is very cool, similar to how one makes "pulled tea", but a bowl on the floor DOES sound like a recipe for disaster! Two large mugs should probably do well, though, I just may have to try that!!! - Cap'n

  • AliceCloset

    Alice from AliceCloset said 2 years ago

    Hot coco 4ever! Love it :D

  • mbguba

    mbguba said 2 years ago

    I love a hot cocoa now and then. Cocoa of choice is from penzeys.com--they have the best powdered cocoa. I use it in baking and in hot chocolate

  • LetterKay

    Kayla from LetterKay said 2 years ago

    Yummy!!

  • cindiru

    Cynthia from ClearCreekCabin said 2 years ago

    Extremely intriguing and very interesting, humorous to read. thank you for sharing.

  • sarahfinabeads

    Sarahfina Moore from sarahfinabeads said 2 years ago

    Wonder filled history with a great personal story too!!! Makes me want to try something new. I've been enjoying cocoa with cinnamon & hints of cayenne pepper! Thanks for sharing xo

  • danielnichevo

    ZARAZA from ACMEVintageLimited said 2 years ago

    I love food history. I love hot chocolate. What more can I say? I super love this blog.

  • kattaime

    Elizabeth from AtolyeMetiista said 2 years ago

    Fascinating! I'm a huge fan of food history, so I enjoy these posts. Couldn't help but laugh about the pouring attempt--I would have probably tried to do the same thing (with no better of a result)! Might have to try making a more traditional type of hot chocolate sometime...

  • metrocottage

    Laurie from metrocottage said 2 years ago

    So excited to see my gourmet cocoa mix included as a featured shop in this blog!!! Thank you so much! Such an interesting history of cocoa as well... I'd better get to making more cocoa....!!

  • lauraprill

    Laura Prill from lauraprill said 2 years ago

    chocolate and history- two of my favorite things:)

  • kadyo39sullivanjohns

    Kady O'Sullivan-Johnson from MoodTherapy said 2 years ago

    Hot Chocolate..mmmm! I live in Mass, and it is absolutely freezing here right now. There is nothing better than a nice cup of hot chocolate when coming in from shoveling out! And what a great story about the history behind cocoa! Great Blog!

  • 3vintagehearts

    Scarlett from 3vintagehearts said 2 years ago

    Congrats to Metro Cottage for the include in this fabulous article! WHO DOESN'T ♥ HOT CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!!!!??? Love this Article!!!

  • ZorroPlateado

    Carole from ZorroPlateado said 2 years ago

    Enjoyed your story...Now I need a cup of hot chocolate!

  • hmmills

    Helen Mills from 1820BagCo said 2 years ago

    wow, my kitchen utensil drawer is calling....

  • TheHouseofGarland

    Janet Law from TheHouseofGarland said 2 years ago

    After reading.... I crave for a hot cup of cocoa!

  • alexandrafa

    Alessandra from AlexandraFamer said 2 years ago

    Interesting article! Congratulations

  • Chawal

    Chawal Silverware from Chawalsilver said 2 years ago

    i like hot choco :)

  • mn9157

    Marisol N from MarisolNCreations said 2 years ago

    Who knew there were so many ways to enjoy hot cocoa. Makes me want to sip some from my favorite mug.

  • TheCupcakeMarket

    Julie Lynn from imjulielynn said 2 years ago

    Ooooh! Yummy! :)

  • designerheadboardsho

    Michelle from DesignerHeadboards said 2 years ago

    Yum! Nothing better that a hot cup of cocoa! Except maybe when it's mixed with coffee. LOL Thanks so much for sharing these!

  • illuminativeharvest

    Jennifer Presler from IlluminativeHarvest said 2 years ago

    great article

  • scentgoodsandgear

    Scent Goods and Gear from ScentGoodsandGear said 2 years ago

    Hot cocoa...I smile just thinking about the creamy chocolate goodness!

  • divinalocura

    Maril from DivinaLocura said 2 years ago

    just the smell of hot cocoa can heal the soul .....

  • leevalker2012

    Lee Valker from ArtWithStickers said 2 years ago

    ★ (¯v´¯) . •.¸.•´ ★ LOVE IT!

  • queenserpentine

    Adele Humes from TheSerpentsCave said 2 years ago

    hmm, I think I will have to give it a good go. Do you have any suppliers you would suggest?

  • patspottery

    Pat Parker from PatsPottery said 2 years ago

    That was so very interesting. I am a chocaholic, but like my dark chocolate, sweet:>)

  • mrssfrances

    Stephanie Mackenzie from InspiredTales said 2 years ago

    Metrocottage's Gourmet Hot Chocolate (right side in the bottom section, third row from the top) is some seriously tasty stuff. Just like Old World European hot chocolate. Nothing beats it! Just thought I'd let you know! It's divine! <3

  • MurrayDesignStudio

    Jeanna Murray from CharMmarket said 2 years ago

    Love this!!!! I love love love chocolate!! Thank you!

  • MariaHelenaPhoto

    maria helena from MariaHelenaPhoto said 2 years ago

    I wish we had hot chocolate cafes! Super article, thank you!

  • EclecticLoveVintage

    Jessica from EclecticLoveVintage said 2 years ago

    Yum! This couldn't be more topical with today's cold and blustery weather! Thanks for sharing! I think I'll go grab a cup of hot cocoa ;)

  • lisacook

    Lisa Cook from lisacook said 2 years ago

    Reading this article reminds me of the movie, "Chocolat" where they explored the rituals of Chocolate. Mmmmmm. Johnny Depp helped make the movie even richer than the chocolate!!

  • stefaniesears

    Stefanie Rose from SRSnaturals said 2 years ago

    Awesome! who doesn't love a cup of hot chocolate :)

  • skullandsparrow

    Sarah Clark from skullandsparrow said 2 years ago

    Wow, I had no idea hot chocolate had such a past. I recently made my own dry mix thinking I was clever and it would be better than Swiss Miss...sadly it was gross. Now I want a really good cup of hot chocolate!

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 2 years ago

    made for winters :)

  • DazzlersAccessories

    Chris from HarmonyBalls said 2 years ago

    Great post - it has been ages and ages since I have heard the term cup of cocoa - it was what we called it when I was young but now hot chocolate is the pervasive term - good read.

  • torysvic

    Vic Torys from GiveMe5ive said 2 years ago

    Awsome in winter! I love ♥

  • rachbing

    Rachel Bingaman from BingArt said 2 years ago

    Great lesson in hot cocoa! I read the other day that hot cocoa also boosts memory... who knew? I'm definitely going to have to try some Mexican hot cocoa :)

  • robertm8041

    JULIUS MCCAIN from ItsALLaboutTEEs said 2 years ago

    Wonderful post I love hot chocolate I think I will make some now .

  • chochps

    Myra La Motte from nanaschair said 2 years ago

    My husband and I are reading a book called "Young Jaguar" by Zoe Saadia. It's about the Aztec and Mayan cultures and they mention the drinking of chocolate through out the 4 book series.

  • barrycarry

    Tam from BarryCarry said 2 years ago

    yummy !!! hot cocoa is very good when u feel bad or something like that

  • Chawal

    Chawal Silverware from Chawalsilver said 2 years ago

    love hot cocoa

  • normaharrell

    Norma from CultOfChiffon said 2 years ago

    Mi Abuelita (grandmother) made the best hot cocoa I've ever had.

  • metroretrovintage

    metroretrovintage from metroretrovintage said 2 years ago

    The chocolate drink that you made, sounds very refreshing. Oaxacans make an excellent water based hot chocolate and take their own cacao beans, cinnamon sticks, and almonds to the local grinder's shop. Those with a little more money can afford having more cacao in the mix.

  • clarekapin

    Clare and Richard Kapin from VarietyArtworks said 2 years ago

    Wow, delicious looking!

  • nestedturtle

    Lisa Dockery from TheNestedTurtle said 2 years ago

    I gained 2 lbs just by looking at the photos!

  • suzshan

    suzshan said 2 years ago

    Yum! You gave me an awesome idea for Valentine's Day...XOXO!

  • prettyamazing7

    prettyamazing7 from HandcraftedYoga said 2 years ago

    Love it, I drink dark chocolate or eat raw cocoa beans for body detox.

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 1 year ago

    yummy~ for chocolate lovers like me!

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