1. Interesting facts about hot chocolate
Interesting facts about hot chocolate
The sweet, chocolaty treat that we all love relishing over a platter of muffins and cookies has a lot of history behind it. We are talking about ‘Hot Chocolate’ that seems to be a result of modern dining experiences but actually has a history dating back to 1700 BC. Also, if we go by the historians, it had stirred up religious controversies in the past. Here are a few remarkable yet debatable facts about hot chocolate.
2. History of a thousand years
History of a thousand years
According to archaeologists, the first traces of chocolate were found in 1700 BC. If we go by reports, Southern Mexico is credited to first roast the fruit of cacao tree that was consumed in liquid form.
3. It has medicinal properties
It has medicinal properties
It is believed that soldiers often used to drink cacao before going to the battleground because of its restorative properties. With time, the drink also gained a reputation of an aphrodisiac.
4. It was served in the gold pitcher
It was served in the gold pitcher
Now this will make you go gaga about the art of serving hot chocolate in England. In 17th century, the business establishments use to serve hot drink in pitchers made of gold, silver and porcelain. Limoges porcelain was the most popular choice of the elite era.
5. Served at 71 degree Celsius
Served at 71 degree Celsius
Globally, the standard serving temperature of hot chocolate is 71°C, while the ideal temperature of drinking is 54°C.
6. Source of religious controversy
Source of religious controversy
As a luxury drink of 16th and 17thcentury, hot chocolate is known for rising debates that whether it’s a drink or a food item. It is believed that the argument was also about whether it was fine to consume it while fasting or not.
7. The largest cup was of 880 gallons
The largest cup was of 880 gallons
The history was created by 300 school kids in 2013 when they made a pool-size brew with the help of teachers at Tampa Bay’s Museum of Science and Industry. The drink was made with 1100 pounds of cocoa and 87 gallons of powdered milk.
8. Part of wages and ration
Part of wages and ration
You will be surprised to know that during the Revolutionary War hot chocolate mixes were given to soldiers on monthly basis in lieu of wages and ration.
9. Hot chocolate is different from hot cocoa
Hot chocolate is different from hot cocoa
Hot chocolate, also known as drinking chocolate is made with untreated ground cacao that is full of fat and acid. While hot cocoa is made with ground cacao that is fatless and is either processed naturally or through a ‘Dutched’ process.