Hot Chocolate Day

December 13th, 2021

Hmm, a cup of hot chocolate, what a treat! These cold winter days are asking for it. I love a nice cup of Hot chocolate with yummy tiny marshmallows and a lot of cream. OK, it is not the healthiest thing and might be full of sugar, but I still will have it when I meet with my friends for a natter. I like to go to Bear Coffee, Fueled, or Hohm here in Uttoxeter. Great dog-friendly places and a lovely atmosphere.
When I am at home, I will make myself hot cocoa or hot chocolate from instant powder and use oat or almond milk to make it creamier. I will drink it from a big mug, so it lasts longer.

Years back, I used to go to a famous chocolate café in Bratislava, in Slovakia. They made hot chocolate in tiny cups. This drinking chocolate was thick, rich in flavour, sweet, and bitter at the same time. I couldn’t drink it, only slowly eat it with a small teaspoon. They always served it with a glass of cold water. So tasty!
I am a big foody, and as my husband says, I make everything about the food.

Did you know there is a difference between Hot Chocolate and Hot Cocoa?

I always thought it was the same. But how wrong was I? The preparation is completely different. Hot cocoa has a thinner consistency and tends to be sweeter and creamier as it’s made with milk. Hot chocolate is much richer; bittersweet flavours are often made with water to taste the full body of the chocolate.

If you are going to celebrate today with a cup of hot chocolate, then ENJOY!

We will make the most of it today at Vita Canis HQ! I’m going to have my favourite hot chocolate from Café Direct: San Cristobal, which is a luxuriously rich, dark, and creamy hot chocolate with 40% high-grade cocoa and it’s Fairtrade.
Jitka has her favourite Chilli-Dark Hot Chocolate from Hotel Chocolate. This chocolate drink is super-sleek, with 70% dark chocolate and a fiery tingle of Habanero chili.

Don’t celebrate this day with your dog!! Be selfish!!

Chocolate contains theobromine. Theobromine is toxic for dogs (and other pets) at certain levels. Because they can’t metabolize theobromine as effectively as humans, it builds up in their system until it reaches a toxic level. Contact your vet immediately if you ever suspect that your dog might’ve eaten chocolate. The warning signs of poisoning are: extreme thirst; diarrhoea; too much energy; pacing; panting; shaking; seizures.

What is your perfect hot chocolate? 

Bea xx

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