Upgrade Your Classic Hot Cocoa

There are not many things that can perk you up on a cold and rainy day than a cup of creamy hot chocolate. This delicious beverage can be traced back to the Mayan and Aztec civilizations in which they consumed chocolate drinks made from roasted cocoa seeds mixed with spices like chili and achiote or annatto. The Aztecs, during the earlier times of chocolate history, believed that consuming large amounts of chocolate would bring one health and power. It was so revered in some cultures and countries that only the upper class or royalty had the honor of indulging in this chocolate beverage.

Whether from a powdered packet or made from scratch, now anyone can enjoy a hot, creamy cup of hot cocoa! On January 31, Hot Chocolate Day, celebrate by trying a new cocoa combination in your cup:

Sweet-tooth: Instead of putting regular or powdered milk in your drink, add a splash of coconut milk.

Muy caliente: If you are fond of spicy food and beverages, then add a little of sprinkle of cayenne powder, about half a teaspoon, to give your cocoa a kick.

Peppermint patty: For those who like their chocolate drink minty, mix your hot chocolate together with a candy cane, add some crushed peppermint candies or add a half teaspoon of peppermint extract.

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