Hot Chocolate or Hot Cocoa?
Does it matter?
What is the real difference?
While the two terms are often used interchangeably,
and both drinks are made from the fruit of the cacao tree, there is indeed a difference.
The chocolatey drink typically consumed by American kids and adults alike
is HOT COCOA, a powdered mix combined with hot water or hot milk.
HOT CHOCOLATE, also known as drinking chocolate or sipping chocolate, is made by mixing hot milk with solid pieces of
dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate.
The result is a thicker, creamier beverage truly made for sipping.
Cocoa butter processed from the cacao seed
is used when making solid chocolates.
Dark, milk, and white chocolate contain fat from the cocoa butter which creates a thicker texture and richer flavor.
The dried cacao bean remnants are ground into a powder,
then mixed with sugar, flavorings, and dried nonfat milk
to make hot cocoa powdered mix.
The natural fat in cocoa butter
makes HOT CHOCOLATE a richer, creamier drink
(with varying levels of sweetness).
The added flavorings and sugar
give HOT COCOA a sweeter chocolate flavor.
Just yum, ok?