There are few things more comforting or luxurious than a rich, silky mug of hot chocolate.
Hot Chocolate Talk
The history of hot chocolate is a long one. Hot chocolate has been enjoyed by humans as early as 500 BC by the Mayans in Mexico. Back then, they were drinking a different version of hot chocolate that we all know today. The Mayans grounded cocoa seeds into paste and mix it with water, cornmeal and other ingredients like chili peppers. Itís believed that everyone in the Mayan society enjoyed some form of hot chocolate with the only difference between social classes was the container of which the hot chocolate was put in for drinking.
Hot chocolate found its way to Europe in the 1500ís and only spread across Europe 100 years after it was initially introduced in Spain. At that time, chocolate was very expensive because it was only grown in South America. Only the Spanish upper class could afford chocolate thus it was considered as a ďfashionableĒ drink. The Spaniards replaced most of the original ingredients used by Mayans for their hot chocolate with the goal of replicating the same goodness of hot chocolate using ingredients native to Europe. For example, they used sugar as sweetener instead of honey.
Hot chocolate has already been popular in England in the 1700s. Chocolate houses, similar to todayís coffee shops, were popular in London. Despite its popularity, hot chocolate at the time was still expensive and considered a luxury item among European nobles.
Hans Sloane is often credited for creating a modern version of drinking chocolate or hot chocolate. When he was president of the Royal College of Physicians, he traveled to Jamaica in the late 1700s. During his stay in the country, he tried chocolate and didnít like its unpleasant taste because he felt nauseous. After several trials and errors, he came up with the idea of mixing chocolate and milk to make the taste more palatable. He brought the recipe with him when he came back to England.
Indulgent hot chocolate drink has been enjoyed for thousands of years and if you drink the good stuff it also has some pretty impressive health benefits. Whether you enjoy the ritual of making it with hot milk and shavings of pure dark chocolate or want an instant fix we have some deliciously indulgent blends. And one of the only vegan instant hot chocolates available.
So what are the benefits of drinking hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate is made using chocolate which is a byproduct after the cacao beans are processed. Cocoa butter is retained to give chocolate its consistency. Studies have shown that chocolates are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals in our bodies thus preventing cancer, heart disease and many other ailments. Thatís the reason why acai, blueberry and pomegranate, considered by many as superfoods because they are rich in antioxidants, are popular.
Itís important to note that more antioxidants are released when chocolate is heated so therefore if you want to get the most antioxidant out of chocolates, consider drinking a hot chocolate.
Hot chocolate is also rich in polyphenols and flavanol, a group of flavonoids. Polyphenol is a type of antioxidant while flavanol is a bioactive or plant-derived nutrients.
Now that you know some of the benefits of hot chocolate, you will enjoy it even further.
There are many ways to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. You can enjoy an old fashioned hot chocolate where you melt unsweetened chocolate into warm milk and add vanilla to enhance its taste. You can also add marshmallows, spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to add more flavour to your favourite hot chocolate.
Our hot chocolate range includes hot chocolate from popular brands like Rosamund & Ivy, Whittards of Chelsea and Willieís Cacao. These hot chocolate drinks are ethically made and made from high quality cacao beans.
If you want to enjoy an ethically made hot chocolate, look no further than our collection.