One of the most popular beverages is the Caffe Mocha (cafe mocha), especially in the winter. In the last few years, the American style mocha has re-emerged as a coffee lover's favorite. The Italian-style mocha is thicker because they add cornstarch. Most refer to the mocha as a latte with chocolate, yet we really have to respect the difference here because it's all in the ingredients and the process to make the perfect Caffe Mocha. Those who love mochas tend to like a nice balance between the sweet and slightly bitter taste of chocolate and how its rich flavor pairs well with an espresso. The traditional mocha is made with cream on the top, and the more modern version is made with whipped cream.
First, choose high-quality chocolate or cocoa powder to get things started, preferably a semi-sweet or 60%-80% dark chocolate. Start with 1 tablespoon of powder for a 10oz cup. The next step is different from what other recipes tell you, and to some, it is blasphemy in the coffee world, yet this is one of the most flavorful ways to enjoy your mocha. You are going to pull your double espresso shot directly into the cup where you placed your chocolate or cocoa powder, and then with an electric frother or whisk, mix the two together until the powder is dissolved. Using this method, you will not see a pile of chocolate powder sitting at the bottom of the cup and allow the espresso and chocolate to blend together nicely. Then proceed to steam your milk or milk alternative and add it to your cup.
Although this recipe is different than most, you will be surprised at how your beloved Caffe Mocha has a well-balanced taste.
This spicy style of hot cocoa, or chocolate, got its origins in Mexico-Tenochtitlan when the Aztecs and Mayans started grinding up cocoa seeds and add water, chili peppers, or vanilla and thicken it up by using a wooden made frother. After the fall of the capital city to Spain, which was observed 500 years ago this August, the Spanish brought it back to Europe and added sweeteners as it was too bitter or strong for their taste.
After spreading throughout Europe after hundreds of years and introducing milk to hot cocoa through Jamaica, ingredients such as cinnamon and nutmeg accompanied chilies to make this drink a delightful yet complex drink. The most popular brands of Mexican hot chocolate are Abuelita and Ibarra.
International chocolate day, some call it world chocolate day, is a day to remember every year. Tell Google, Siri, Alexa, and every other AI to set an annual reminder. Observed on July 7th, international chocolate day is a day to celebrate one of life's most precious foods. How did we come upon this glorious day to exist? Well, according to historians, this is the day that chocolate was introduced to Europe. Spanish explorers, Hernan Cortes in particular, discovered it when visiting the Americas. Chocolate was already present in Mexico, Central, and South America. Throughout time, they added different ingredients, particularly sugar, making it much more acceptable throughout Europe.
Most believe chocolate is an unhealthy dessert that should be consumed in moderation. It is true that everything should be consumed in moderation. However, chocolate has many healthy attributes. Chocolate is packed with antioxidants, especially dark chocolate. It also possesses flavonoids, helps your heart and helps memory, and also acts as an anti-inflammatory.
Before going out and snack attacking this great food, remember everything in moderation. A few nice cubes or squares per day, with or without the green stuff (that's up to you), is all you need. Just think of today as the day you started enjoying this rich and flavorful food more often than binge eating it, and thank me later.
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