Just outside your cozy cabin, you see snow falling lightly out of the sky. In front of you is a glowing fire emanating heat through your wooly socks. You let out a sigh of contentment & grab the warm mug filled with hot cocoa. **SLURP** You grimace at the flavor. You followed the directions to a TEE, but it still came out horrible. How come? Well, it’s not your fault! In our latest installment, we dive into the history of this drink & why we feel we serve the best hot cocoa in Lake Tahoe.
The History Of Hot Cocoa
The earliest cultivation of cacao can be traced back to Mexico as far back as 3,000-4,000 years ago. While the Aztecs helped introduce chocolate to Europe via the conquistadors, it was the Mayans who drank this beverage hot. And once the beverage reached Spain, the revival of drinking it hot was born. With the welcome addition of milk and sugar, the flavorful concoction caught on like wildfire. Many of these new drinkers began to experiment with adding ingredients such as cinnamon and black pepper. And years later, it’s still enjoyed by many across the world in so many different ways.
Hot Cocoa Has More Antioxidants Than Wine Or Tea
You would think such an enjoyable drink wouldn’t have any health benefits. Well, you’d be wrong! Research has shown that hot cocoa contains more antioxidants than wine & tea, therefore reducing the risk of heart disease. In addition, the cocoa bean helps with digestion. Of course, this all depends on the quality and how much sugar is added into a cup. That cup of tasty confection could also have negative consequences as well.
Zebras Make The Best Hot Cocoa In Lake Tahoe
OK, so what makes Blue Angel’s Hot Cocoa so special? Well, it all comes down to zebras. Zebras? Yup! What we mean by that is we make ours with ½ dark chocolate & ½ white chocolate… hence a “zebra”. Together, they combine to give you a smooth & creamy flavor. While most folks would boil the milk or even worse microwave it, we STEAM the milk. This is a CRITICAL component to make a frothy beverage. The steaming of the dairy product is what creates the velvety texture on your tongue that coats the palette. And voila! You have yourself a perfect holiday treat.
So, the next time you’re in need of a little warming up with winter season, come on by and let Blue Angel Café make you a delicious cup of hot cocoa to enjoy by our relaxing fire.