Bernard Eats: Making your own hot chocolate
The chilliness is here and what better way then to turn up the heat by fighting with your friends about whether to say hot cocoa or hot chocolate. Spoons up, it’s a doozy of a battle.
I never really had a passion for sticking to solely one, because to me they both are equally good and the same thing… right? Well, with a little research they are in fact two different drinks.
Hot Chocolate vs Hot Cocoa
According to Best Friends Cocoa online:
Hot chocolate and European drinking chocolate are made by taking solid chocolate and grinding it into a fine powder. Hot chocolate is meant to be made with hot milk which adds to its creaminess. Hot cocoa is made from cocoa powder, which has little fat, usually non-fat dry milk, sweeteners and other ingredients and is formulated to be made with hot water.
The difference is indeed obvious with milk and water. Since I’m a Milt, I used Hershey’s recipe “Favorite Hot Cocoa” to make my hot chocolate and well it called for both milk and water, but the ratio is more milk than water. So, technically I think it is hot chocolate and oh boy it is creamy!
If you want hot cocoa though, you can try those awesome packets of Swiss Miss that we all adore. Who loves those little marshmallows?
Here is a brief slideshow presentation of how you can make your own “hot chocolate.” Click below.
Guess you know where I stand on this sweet battle. But honestly, it all depends on my mood and I may use the term cocoa or chocolate interchangeably. But it is good to know why there are two different words in the first place.