It’s National Cocoa Day Y’all!

pexels-photo-239584Ok, I have a confession to make . . . I HATE hot chocolate . . . and chocolate milk.  I don’t think either one actually tastes like chocolate.

Americans tend to use both the term hot chocolate and hot cocoa to mean the same thing.  I think there is probably a regional dialect thing going on as to which you use.

  • Hot chocolate is made with ground chocolate which contains cocoa butter.  It’s mixed with hot milk and is actually a drinking chocolate.
  • Hot cocoa is made from cocoa powder. Cocoa beans are processed into a paste called chocolate liquor and then the cocoa butter is separated from it resulting in cocoa powder.

To do my part in helping celebrate National Cocoa Day, I DID go get a special coffee from a local coffee shop.  They have an awesome coffee that has dark chocolate, cinnamon, cayenne and a few other yummy ingredients.

So, raise a cup (or, if you are British, a cuppa) and hunker down with a hot drink.

Peace, Love & Cocoa

Hoosier Barn Chick

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