National Cocoa Day


Chattanooga, Tennessee—



It’s National Hot Cocoa Day! And if you’re in the mood for some hot chocolate, there are a lot of ways to make it, even if you’re using a mix.


poll asked people what they mix the hot chocolate powder into, and 41% said dairy milk.  31% said water . . . 8% said non-dairy milk (like almond, soy, rice, oat, and coconut “milk”) . . . and 2% said “other,” which is intriguing.  15% of the people surveyed claim they don’t make hot chocolate.


If you’re an over-achiever, here are some various hot chocolate “hacks” to try:


1.  Add two ounces of espresso, plus a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon.


2.  Using an oven-safe mug, top it with marshmallows, and put it under the broiler.


3.  Take the hot chocolate mix, and add:  A half-cup of pumpkin puree, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a quarter-cup of white chocolate chips.


4.  Stir your hot chocolate recipe with equal parts warmed eggnog.


5.  Drop a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream in a small bowl, then pour hot chocolate over it, along with a whipped cream topping.


6.  Make it SPICY with a half-teaspoon of ancho chile powder.  If you do this, consider also adding cinnamon, dark brown sugar, and vanilla extract.