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Hot Chocolate...how it got it's name.

Chocolate. Ok, I'm happy.
It's amazing how one word can evoke a positive response. There are so many types of chocolate, each one for that special pallet of ours. We try and decide if it makes us joyful. Then stick to that one. My favorite is milk chocolate. ..Ok, ok, I know, it's not as healthy as the dark, but it's the little things, right? My favorite one is the Hershey Nuggets Milk Chocolate with Almonds. All other chocolate doesn't do it for me. Ok, maybe a bit of Hersheys syrup down the ole hatch every now and then. ..that's the kid in me. :)
Ok, let's focus here. One specific chocolate comes up when this time of year arrives, the hot beverage that warms our hearts and souls all the way down to those little toes. But why is it called hot chocolate? I did a bit of research and found that the name originates from the ingredients not the temperature. 
When hot chocolate started, they used hot spices to add flavor to it, hence "hot". 
Now, go get some hot chocolate and read on!
Here's the story. Enjoy and Merry Christmas to you all!
Where does hot chocolate come from?
The beverage became popular in Europe after being introduced from Mexico in the New World and has undergone multiple changes since then. Until the 19th century, hot chocolate was even used medicinally to treat ailments such as liver and stomach diseases.
Hot chocolate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
What is the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate?
These terms are often used interchangeably, but the distinction is in the nutritional properties. Hot cocoa is made from raw cocoa powder, which is pressed chocolate which removes the fat of the cocoa butter. Hot chocolate is made from chocolate bars melted into a cream or ground into a powder.
The Difference between Hot Chocolate and Hot Cocoa
What Is the Difference Between Hot Chocolate and Mexican Hot Chocolate?
Besides the instant powder form, traditional Mexican hot chocolate includes semi-sweet chocolate, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla. Hot chocolate of this type is commonly sold in circular or hexagonal tablets which can be dissolved into hot milk, water, or cream, and then blended until the mixture develops a creamy froth.
Hot chocolate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Now go & enjoy some!
Much love,
Jenny

 

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