Hot chocolate vs. hot cocoa: What's the difference?
When the weather turns cold outside, it’s time for a soothing, yummy cup of hot chocolate…or is it hot cocoa…or is there even a difference? Turns out, yes.
Hot cocoa, by definition is made with cocoa powder, while European-style “drinking chocolate” is made with ground, solid chocolate and is richer and higher in fat, thanks to the cocoa butter in the chocolate. Though indulgences of a different sort, both are typically made with milk or cream, sugar, a wee pour of vanilla and a dash of salt to round out the flavor of the chocolate.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding a shot of your favorite liqueur, a dash of cinnamon and cayenne for Mexican-style chocolate, or perhaps a little cardamom or anise. And if you’re tempted to dump a powdered mix in a mug, add hot water, and call it a day, don’t give in. Try making your own even once and you’ll never pick up a powdered mix again—promise.
Buy the solid bars of Mexican or South American chocolate for this hot chocolate. A bit of crushed red pepper flakes or black peppers adds pizzazz.
Cinnamon and vanilla come together to create a delicious hot chocolate.
Cinnamon converts ordinary hot cocoa into something extraordinary!