National Cocoa Day / National Hot Chocolate Day
About National Cocoa Day
When is National Cocoa Day? This holiday is always observed on December 13
It’s mid-December. Baby, It’s cold outside. The snow is piling up outside, too. It’s only fitting, that today is National Cocoa Day. This December 13 holiday is also called National Hot Chocolate Day. There’s nothing better to do on a cold winter’s night than to sit by the fireside with a mug full of hot cocoa.
Did You Know? There is a basic difference between cocoa and hot chocolate. Hot cocoa is made from cocoa powder, which comes from roasted cacao beans minus the cocoa butter. Hot chocolate is made from melted chocolate. Many people do not know this distinction. And, many people do not care. They only care that both drinks are delicious!
The ancient Mayans created the first chocolate beverages more than 2,000 years ago. It was called “Xocolatl”. By 1,400 A.D., when European explorers first arrived, they found cocoa was an important part of the Aztec civilization. In addition to being part of their diet, cocoa was used medicinally. It aids in digestion. It is loaded with antioxidants, which help prevent cancer.
Have it Your Way! There are a lot of things you can add to hot cocoa. Among them are:
- Whipped cream
- Candy canes
- Syrups and creamers
- Peppermint schnapps or liquor.
- The Swiss consume the most cocoa, about 22 pounds per person per year.
- In comparison, the average American consumes just 11 pounds per year.
- Cocoa comes from the cacao tree. Therefore, it is a vegetable!
How to Celebrate National Cocoa Day
It’s fun and easy to celebrate National Hot Cocoa Day. Grab your favorite mug, fill it with hot cocoa, or hot chocolate and enjoy. Oh, don’t forget the marshmallows.
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History and Origin of National Cocoa Day
Our research has not yet uncovered who the creator of this day is, or why he or she created it. Perhaps, they fell asleep by the fireside, cup of hot chocolate in hand.
This holiday has been in existence since 2010, or a little before.
We did not find a congressional or presidential proclamation making this day a true national day.
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