Today is National Hot Cocoa Day! Here’s the Top 5 hot chocolate spots in Delaware.
A drink synonymous with the winter months…hot cocoa is one of the best comfort drinks we have!
But there is a difference in Hot Cocoa and Hot Chocolate!
According to The Kitchn “Hot cocoa is usually made from cocoa powder, sugar, and milk. Because of that, hot cocoa tends to be sweet and light in body. It often also contains flavoring like vanilla or even spices like ground cinnamon. So those packets of Swiss Miss you grew up on are most definitely hot cocoa, and not hot chocolate.”
So what is Hot Chocolate then?
The Kitchn also says “On the other end of the spectrum is hot chocolate, which is just that: melted chocolate. Good-quality milk or dark (or even white!) chocolate is chopped finely or shaved so that it melts quickly when combined with hot water, milk, or even cream. It can also contain flavoring like vanilla, but usually doesn’t have added sugar, as there is already sugar in the chocolate.”
Hot Chocolate seems to be the more involved recipe and can be taken to the extreme!
My personal favorite is a S’Mores type of the drink.
Here’s a quick ingredients recipe/list thanks to the Minimalist Baker:
- 2 cups milk (any kind // dairy-free for vegan)
- 1 cup water (or sub more milk)
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp light chocolate syrup
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp non-bitter stevia (or add 1-2 Tbsp more sugar to taste)
- 1 pinch salt
- Graham crackers (crushed // for lining rim – gluten-free for GF eaters)
- ½ cup marshmallows
You can find the full recipe here.
Whether it be to keep you up instead of coffee, a quick warm-up after shoveling snow, or a way to get cozy before watching your favorite Christmas movie….Hot Chocolate or Cocoa always comes in clutch!
Today is National Hot Cocoa Day! Here’s the Top 5 hot chocolate spots in Delaware (according to Yelp!)