Here’s an excuse to cuddle inside on Sunday and watch the snow melt and refreeze from your favorite chair by the window: It’s National Hot Chocolate Day.
Snuggling under the covers with a steaming mug of hot chocolate is the comfy highlight of plunging temperatures, snow, sleet and slush. You might even be doing you brain a favor as well.
A 2013 study published in the “Journal Neurology” says drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day could help people with impaired brain blood flow, and improve memory and thinking skills.
Raise a mug — or two. Here are some other fascinating hot chocolate facts, according to the Foodimentary blog .
- Hot Chocolate uses milk or milk chocolate; while Hot Cocoa uses only powdered cocoa
- The first hot chocolate was Mayan, and it was served with chili peppers
- Hot chocolate with churros is considered a working man’s breakfast in Spain.
- Hot chocolate contains the healthy nutrients antioxidants and flavonols
- Chocolate is the 3rd most traded commodity in the world. (1st is oils, 2nd is coffee.)
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