On National Cocoa Day, start your morning with something other than coffee! A hot and fragrant drink at the beginning of the day will invigorate, cheer up and simply delight your taste buds. There are many varieties – get to know them right now.
In 1519 the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortes conquered Mexico. The ancient capital of Tenochtitlan fell under the onslaught of his troops, and Montezuma’s palace was plundered. The most interesting find was dried beans. Cortes discovered here huge stocks of unknown grains and took them away. When the conqueror tried the drink, he did not like it at all. Already in Europe, he gave the Spanish king beans – this was the beginning of the chocolate era, and soon the seeds were transported to France, where there were factories for the production of cocoa and chocolate.
It is very difficult to say when the grains appeared. It may have happened 3000 years ago in Latin America. The Indians discovered an unusual tree and found a use for the fruit by rubbing it with hot peppers and maize. It remains to guess what the drink tasted like – sugar simply did not exist then. Some scholars claim that the word “cacao” was used 1000 years ago at the very height of this civilization.
The national day supports cocoa producers: the modern industry produces a wide range of drinks. Basically, these are dry concentrates that dissolve in water in seconds. By the way, such a powder was invented in Holland in the 19th century.
It is noteworthy that cocoa:
- incredibly rich in magnesium, is a powerful antioxidant;
- causes a feeling of love;
- harmless to teeth;
- lowers blood pressure, so it is indicated for people suffering from hypertension.
How to celebrate
Enjoy a delicious drink on National Cocoa Day and treat your friends to it. Check out interesting recipes and cook it like never before. The ingredients can be different: marshmallows, sweets, cream… Tell others about the benefits of the product!
When is National Cocoa Day celebrated in 2022?
National Cocoa Day is observed on December 13 each year.