We have a variety of delicious organic hot chocolates that will leave your mood sky-high. From our classic, rich dark chocolate to our decadent milk chocolate, we've got the perfect drink for any occasion. And with so many flavours to choose from, it's hard not to find one that suits your taste buds!
Treat yourself by indulging in some wholesome cocoa made with love. Our organic hot chocolate drinks are vegan and gluten-free - they're sure to satisfy even the pickiest palate! You'll never want to drink anything else again after trying one of our delicious hot chocolates. Plus, they make great gifts for loved ones for any special occasion, especially during the holidays!
Chocolate Drink Talk
Hot chocolate has a long history. Humans have been enjoying hot chocolate since 500 BC, when the Mayans in Mexico first discovered it. They were drinking a different version of hot chocolate than we are used to today.
The Mayans ground cocoa seeds into a paste and combined them with water, cornmeal, and other ingredients such as chilli peppers. It is thought that everyone in Mayan society drank some form of hot chocolate, with the only difference between social classes being the container in which the hot chocolate was served.
Hot chocolate arrived in Europe in the 1500s and spread across the continent only 100 years after it was first introduced in Spain. Chocolate was very expensive at the time because it was only grown in South America.
Because only the Spanish upper class could afford chocolate, it was regarded as a "fashionable" drink. The Spaniards replaced the majority of the original ingredients used by the Mayans for their hot chocolate in order to replicate the same goodness of hot chocolate using European ingredients. For example, instead of honey, they used sugar as a sweetener.
In the 1700s, hot chocolate was already popular in England. Chocolate houses, which were similar to coffee shops today, were popular in London. Despite its popularity, hot chocolate was still considered a luxury item among European nobles at the time.
Hans Sloane is widely credited with inventing a modern version of hot chocolate or drinking chocolate. In the late 1700s, as president of the Royal College of Physicians, he visited Jamaica. During his stay in the country, he tried chocolate and disliked its unpleasant taste because it made him feel nauseous. He came up with the idea of combining chocolate and milk to make the taste more palatable after several trials and errors. When he returned to England, he brought the recipe with him.
Indulgent hot chocolate drinks have been enjoyed for thousands of years, and the good stuff has some pretty impressive health benefits. We have some deliciously indulgent blends, whether you enjoy the ritual of making it with hot milk and shavings of pure dark chocolate or want an instant fix. And one of the few vegan instant hot chocolates on the market.
So what are the benefits of drinking hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate is made with chocolate, which is a byproduct of the processing of cacao beans. To give chocolate its consistency, cocoa butter is retained. Chocolate has been shown in studies to be high in antioxidants.
Antioxidants fight free radicals in our bodies, helping to prevent cancer, heart disease, and a variety of other diseases. That is why acai, blueberry, and pomegranate are considered superfoods by many because they are high in antioxidants.
It is important to note that when chocolate is heated, more antioxidants are released; therefore, if you want to get the most antioxidants out of chocolate, consider drinking hot chocolate.
Hot chocolate is also high in polyphenols and flavanol, a flavonoid group. Polyphenols are antioxidants, whereas flavanols are bioactive or plant-derived nutrients.
You will enjoy hot chocolate even more now that you are aware of some of its benefits.
A cup of hot chocolate can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. You can make an old-fashioned hot chocolate by melting unsweetened chocolate into warm milk and adding vanilla extract to enhance the flavour. To enhance the flavour of your favourite hot chocolate, you can also add marshmallows and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.
Hot chocolate from well-known brands such as Gnaw and Cocoa Loco can be found in our selection. These hot chocolate drinks are made ethically and with high-quality cacao beans.
Look no further than our collection if you want to enjoy ethically made hot chocolate.