7 Reasons to Love Hot Chocolate

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There are very few beverages that are as engrained into our collective childhood memories quite like hot chocolate. If you grew up in a frigid part of the country, then it will probably remind you of snow days, sledding, or a quiet day watching the snow fall. Those who grew up in a more tropical climate can appreciate that warm, tingly feeling that a warm cup of hot chocolate provides on those chili Florida nights.

What is it about a hot mug of chocolate in the cold winter months that brings out our smiles? It’s obviously not just the chocolate, because eating a chocolate bar doesn’t provide quite the same feeling. We decided to take a further look and came up with the top 7 reasons to love hot chocolate.

  1. Cocoa contains flavonoids that not only relax the blood vessels and lowers your blood pressure, but also reduces inflammation in the body.
  2. It packs a fiber punch. Almost 2 grams of fiber per teaspoon.
  3. It contains a chemical called epicatechin, which improves cognitive function.
  4. It can reduce your cravings for something sweet by providing a healthier substitute.
  5. It helps fight cancer cells. Hot chocolate, especially when consumed at high heat, is loaded with cancer-killing antioxidants. Believe it or not, it actually has double the antioxidants than a glass of red wine, and three times more than a cup of green tea.
  6. You get to add marshmallows. Let’s be honest. Anytime you have an excuse to enjoy marshmallows, you take it.
  7. If nothing else, it keeps your hands warm.

After all that talk about hot chocolate, we couldn’t leave you without an incredible hot chocolate recipe to try out.

3 tablespoons cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-processed), plus more for serving
3 cups whole milk
6 ounces semisweet chocolate (preferably Scharffen Berger), finely chopped
3 tablespoons demerara or granulated sugar
Lightly sweetened whipped cream (for serving)

Bring ¾ cup water to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder until no lumps remain, then add milk and return to a simmer. Whisk in chocolate and sugar and cook, whisking frequently, until mixture is smooth and creamy and chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes.

Divide hot chocolate among mugs. Top with whipped cream and dust with cocoa powder.

Source – https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/bas-best-hot-chocolate