Hot drinking chocolate
Drinking chocolate, commonly known as drinking chocolate, is a drink that was brought to Europe from the New World. In a traditional recipe, it is made of dark chocolate with the addition of milk and sweet cream. Drinking chocolate is usually consumed hot, but of course it can also be prepared cold. Cold drinking chocolate was known in Europe as early as the nineteenth century, as were its variants with a blend of coffee, hot or white chocolate.
Properties of cocoa
Drinking chocolates are made of traditional chocolate, and chocolate is made of cocoa. Cocoa, on the other hand, is a powder made from the ground seeds of cocoa fruit found in the humid tropical forests of South and Central America. Both the health and nutritional properties of cocoa were already appreciated by the Maya and Aztecs, who called cocoa "the drink of the gods". There is also talk today about how healthy drinking chocolate is. The most important properties of cocoa include:
- Cocoa is a source of many vitamins, minerals and nutrients
- Cocoa improves concentration
- Cocoa improves your mood and helps you fight stress
- Cocoa is a source of antioxidants that protect the body against disease
- Cocoa stimulates and adds energy
- Cocoa is an aphrodisiac
- Cocoa helps fight excess weight (a small amount of calories in cocoa)
Cocoa can be purchased in many forms: chocolate, drinking chocolate, powdered cocoa powder or crushed cocoa beans. To this day, the most popular cocoa on the Polish market is DecoMorreno.
Ceremonial cocoa is the so-called cocoa paste produced in a traditional way from the highest quality unprocessed cocoa beans. The type of cocoa from which ceremonial cocoa is made and the very process of its production are subject to strict rules and a precisely defined procedure. The beans must come from native cocoa beans, i.e. cocoa beans that have never been altered by humans in any way. Ceremonial cocoa comes in the form of a pressed paste and is thick, fatty and with a very distinct flavor. It is the purest and best-quality cocoa in the world.
Recipe for hot chocolate
How to make real hot chocolate? The recipe for homemade hot chocolate is extremely simple:
"Prepare 200 ml of milk, add 2 tablespoons of your favorite powdered chocolate (approx. 30 gr), and then heat it, stirring constantly, until the chocolate dissolves."
Homemade hot chocolate can also be made using a dark chocolate bar. Bitter drinking chocolate is sweetened with sweet cream as follows:
“In a saucepan, heat 500 ml of milk and 200 ml of 30% cream. Then add 100 g of dark chocolate and stir until the chocolate melts and becomes smooth and creamy. Optionally, we add 2 tablespoons of vanilla sugar. "
And the hot chocolate is ready!
Types of drinking chocolate
When preparing hot chocolate, we are limited only by our imagination. The traditional recipe is based on three ingredients: dark chocolate, heavy cream and milk. But how many traditionalists are there among us? There are many variants of making liquid chocolate, and the multitude of products in stores only encourages you to experiment.
Especially popular is white drinking chocolate, which is a much milder and more milky version of dark liquid chocolate. Equally popular is hot chocolate with raspberries, which consists in adding raspberry jam to the brewed drink. Fans of spicier flavors should definitely try thick drinking chocolate with chillies, and those who want refreshment - iced chocolate, which is perfect for hot summer days.
A separate topic is in what form the chocolate is sold. It can be ready-made drinking chocolate in a carton, which you just need to heat. There can also be hot chocolate in sachets that you can take to work or on a trip. Interestingly, drinking chocolate also works on hair growth and is also available in stores in this formula.
Drinking chocolate and cocoa at Coldsea
As lovers of natural drinks, we have made every effort to ensure that our offer includes high-quality drinking chocolate and cocoa. We sell chocolates from renowned manufacturers such as Beskid Chocolate, Master Martin and DecoMorreno. The original Italian Master Martin drinking chocolate and the legendary DecoMorreno cocoa are very popular with us. Drinking chocolate is a great gift idea for loved ones who will surely be pleased with the original hot chocolate set. Remember, chocolate is black gold and the drink of the gods, so don't hesitate! Come and visit us.