you're looking for something to do today then I hope you like chocolate
because it's National Cocoa Day! Who am I kidding... you guys are
chocolate addicts! But let's get right into celebrating National
WHY IS THIS A
Because cocoa is just another form of chocolate, and people LOVE
chocolate! It doesn't matter if you're referring to hot cocoa or cocoa
powder; both are used quite often every single day. But, given the time
of year, I'm sure that most like to lean toward the hot cocoa option.
And how many of you would turn down a cup of hot cocoa after being
chilled to the bone outside? I thought so; those melted marshmallows
sealed the deal, didn't they? So when you have something that is too
hard to say no to, then people are going to want to celebrate it!
But what exactly is cocoa powder or "cocoa solids"? Well, it
comes from the cocoa bean, but it's what is extracted without all the
fat; the cocoa butter is the fat that causes chocolate to melt. So it's
a low-fat powder, but I have to say that it's quite bitter on its own.
And it appears that the flavonoids in cocoa powder actually help out
your cardiovascular system. So, if you don't overdo it with the sugar,
hot cocoa can actually be a bit healthy for you. And it's not
like hot cocoa, hot chocolate, chocolate milk or whatever you want to
call it is something new... even the Mayans were sipping on chocolate
drinks! But to be fair, they did drink it cold... but it doesn't have
to be hot to be considered a cocoa drink, right? And I have to say,
their drink was a bit more complex than the hot cocoa you may be used
to; it had chili peppers and cornmeal in it... Are you up for a
thick and spicy, cocoa drink?
So, how can you celebrate today? Well, it's not going to be
that hard for you to locate hot cocoa today... I can promise you that!
I mean, most diners would gladly bring you a mug of it and they even
sell it at sporting events, around this time of year. And that's beside
the fact that you probably already have some cocoa mix in your home! So
just keep your eyes peeled and let your taste buds tell you when they
want some warm, liquid cocoa magic to pass over them. But if
you're going to make your own, then why don't you get a little
creative? Be all manly and mix it into a protein drink, drop in a few
of your favorite candies (that you know will melt in the heat), stir it
up with a candy cane or mix in some other kind of powdered goodness.
Heck, if you're going with straight cocoa powder, then you're going to
need to sweeten it up, right? Well, then why don't you melt down some
chocolate ice cream for the sweetness? It'd be one heck of a hot cocoa
and trust me; melted ice cream makes for an awesome drink! But
you don't have to drink your cocoa today... you can bake with the cocoa
powder too! You can make a chocolate cake, chocolate icing, brownies
and you can even dust truffles with it. There are so many recipes out
there that use cocoa powder that you should have no problem with
flexing your baking muscles today. But you could get really creative by
making chocolate bread, spreading chocolate icing on the bread and then
sandwiching a brownie between two slices of your special bread. That
might be too much cocoa for some, but you can handle it, right?
Have a great day and you're welcome, chocolate lovers!