National Cocoa Day Date in the current year: December 13, 2024

National Cocoa Day National Cocoa Day, also known as National Hot Cocoa Day, is celebrated on December 13. This food day is a perfect occasion to indulge yourself with a cup of hot cocoa or some chocolate confections.

Cocoa powder, often referred to as simply cocoa, is made from cocoa solids that remain after the extraction of cocoa butter from cacao beans. Cocoa is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants. It is a key ingredient of chocolate. Cocoa powder is used to make hot cocoa, also known as hot chocolate.

Hot chocolate can be made with cocoa powder, shaved chocolate, or melted chocolate combined with heated milk or water, and sugar. The first cocoa beverage is believed to have been created by the Maya people around two thousand years ago. Of course, it has undergone considerable changes since then.

To celebrate National Cocoa Day, make a cup or two of cocoa to enjoy. Here is a simple hot cocoa recipe. Whisk together 2 tbs of cocoa powder (unsweetened), 1 to 2 tbs sugar, 2 tbs milk and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Make sure that sugar and cocoa are dissolved completely.

Whisk in 1 cup of milk and heat over medium heat until hot, whisking occasionally. Stir in 1/4 tsp vanilla extract. If you have lactose intolerance, you can substitute cow milk with almond, soy, or rice milk.

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