Facts about Cocoa
Ever wonder where chocolate comes from? Here’s some friendly facts on cocoa powder to light up your rainy day.
What is Cocoa Powder?
Cocoa powder is an unsweetened dark brown colored powder that is extracted from cocoa beans. Cocoa beans grow in pods in the cacao tree.
To get cocoa powder, the cocoa beans are fermented, dried, roasted and cracked. This forms cocoa nibs which are then ground up which gives up two substances: cocoa butter and a brown paste called chocolate liquor. After pressing out the fat, the chocolate liquor is dried again and the mass is ground to powder. This gives us unsweetened cocoa powder! [Read: Benefits of dark chocolate.]
HOMEMADE HOT COCOA
Homemade hot cocoa is the perfect drink to make during cold weather.
3 1/2 Cups Milk
3 Tbsp White Sugar
1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
1/4 Cup Semi-sweet
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract (Opt)
- Combine the cocoa, sugar, chocolate chips, and salt in a medium saucepan.
- Over medium heat, stir constantly until the mixture boils. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
- Stir in the milk and heat, but do not boil.
- Remove from the heat and add vanilla; stir well. Sprinkle cinammon on top. Serve immediately.
**I’ve used both vanilla soymilk as well as almond milk to make this and both are delicious!**