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National Cocoa Day

Celebrate National Cocoa Day this winter to celebrate winter and the holiday season! There’s nothing better than a hot cup of cocoa to warm up winter’s cold temps.

National Hot Cocoa Day.

When is National Cocoa Day?

National Cocoa Day takes place on December 13 every year.


Here’s your insider’s guide to all you need to know about cocoa and its national day of recognition.

How to celebrate National Cocoa Day?

Here are some ideas on how to make the most of National Cocoa Day:

Warm up with a hot cup of cocoa to feel cozy. Wrap up in a blanket and put on a pair of slippers. A fire in the fireplace will set the mood for the perfect cocoa drink.

Gather friends and indulge in a comforting chocolatey drink while sharing recipes.

Serve hot cocoa after kids play in the snow, ski, go sledding, skating, or after any winter activities.

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All you need is love and chocolate.

Where Does Cocoa Come From?

Cocoa comes from the cacao tree, which is believed to originate in South America but is now grown worldwide. Beans (or cocoa seeds) from the trees are ground into cocoa powder, the main ingredient in hot cocoa.

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What Are the Health Benefits of Cocoa?

Don’t feel too guilty enjoying a cup of hot cocoa; there are numerous health benefits to cocoa:

  • Cocoa contains antioxidants, which are known to help prevent diseases like cancer.
  • The cocoa bean aids digestion.
  • Cocoa flavonoids are good for healthy arteries.
  • Early users of cocoa in Europe even considered cocoa an aphrodisiac.

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe

Ingredients: cocoa powder, milk, sugar, chocolate chips, and marshmallows.

How to make: Mix 8 ounces of milk with two heaping tablespoonfuls of cocoa powder and a teaspoon of sugar in a saucepan on medium-low heat. Stir and gently raise the temperature to medium. Stir in a handful of chocolate chips to taste.

Serve immediately in a big mug. Top with marshmallows and shaved chocolate chips. Yum!

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What to add to your cup of cocoa?

  • Whipped cream
  • Candy sprinkles
  • Chopped nuts
  • Marshmallows
  • Cinnamon
  • Candy cane
  • Sugar
  • Peppermint
  • Coconut
  • Cereal
  • Chocolate chips
  • Butterscotch
  • Toffee
  • Caramel
  • Cookies

National Cocoa Day Hashtags

Use these hashtags when you post your cocoa festivity photos to social media:

  • #NationalCocoaDay
  • #Cocoa
  • #HotCocoaDay
  • #Coco
  • #CocoaLover
  • #HotChocolate
  • #TisTheSeason
  • #HotCocoa
  • #Chocolate
  • #Cozy
  • #Marshmallow
  • #FirstChocolateBeverage
  • #LuxuryDrink

The History of Cocoa

The first origins of cocoa date back to about 500 BC when it was used by native populations like Aztecs and Mayans in South America.

When Spanish Conquistadors invaded the New World, they discovered delicious food. By adding sugar and spices, the European explorers improved the taste of the bitter drink. But they kept their discovery secret from the rest of Europe for almost 100 years.

Eventually, cocoa consumption caught on with other Europeans, mostly by the social elite and royalty who could afford it. During the Industrial Revolution, machine-produced cocoa powder brought cocoa to the masses.

In 1850, Joseph Fry discovered that adding cocoa butter to cocoa powder formed a solid mass called chocolate. Later, the Belgian inventor Jean Neuhaus II created pralines—or chocolate with flavor fillings.

From there, the chocolate industry boomed, spreading quickly around the world.

Cocoa Fun Facts

  • The word chocolate comes from two native words: chocolatl, meaning “hot water”, and cacahuatl, referring to a bitter drink made with cocoa, usually consumed during religious ceremonies.
  • Monkeys first discovered that the cacao plant was edible before humans began consuming it.
  • Native cultures used the cacao bean as currency in their trading and also as a reward for warriors returning from battle.
  • 4.5 million tons of cocoa beans are consumed annually worldwide.
  • It takes between 300-600 cocoa beans to make two pounds of chocolate.
  • Archaeologists believe the original chocolate beverage was flavored with vanilla and chili peppers.

Other Holidays for Chocolate Lovers

International Cocoa Day occurs annually on July 7 (also known as International Chocolate Day or World Chocolate Day)

World Nutella Day is February 5

National Chocolate Day is October 28

National Hot Chocolate Day is January 31

International Coffee Day is October 1.

Cocoa and Chocolate Quotes

  1. All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.
    Charles M. Schulz
  2. Chocolate is comfort without words.
    Ursula Kohaupt
  3. Oh, comfortable cocoa!
    Dodie Smith
  4. Chocolate is a gift of love to yourself.
    Sonja Blumenthal
  5. There’s nothing like hot chocolate and a hug for making the nightmares go away.
    Neil Gaiman
  6. A little bit of sweetness can drown out a whole lot of bitterness.
    Francesco Petrarca
  7. Look, there’s no metaphysics on earth like chocolates.
    Fernando Pessoa
  8. Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.
    Jo Brand
  9. Chocolate is happiness that you can eat.
    Ursula Kohaupt
  10. Don’t think that chocolate is a substitute for love! Love is a substitute for chocolate.
    Miranda Ingram
  11. Life is like chocolate: you should enjoy it piece for piece and let it slowly melt on your tongue.
    Nina Sandmann
  12. Chocolate says, “I’m sorry” so much better than words.
    Rachel Vincent

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National Cocoa Day Quotes

  1. The superiority of chocolate (hot chocolate), both for health and nourishment, will soon give it the same preference over tea and coffee in America which it has in Spain.
    Thomas Jefferson
  2. If there’s no chocolate in Heaven, I’m not going.
    Jane Seabrook
  3. Because the best gift in life, is just having someone to drink hot chocolate with.
    Tessa Shaffer
  4. Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.
    from Forrest Gump
  5. True strength is when you can break a bar of chocolate into four pieces with your bare hands – then just eat one.
  6. Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.
    Joanne Harris
  7. Nothing is as alluring as a piece of chocolate you can’t have.
    Nina Sandmann
  8. There is nothing better than a friend unless it is a friend with chocolate.
    Linda Grayson
  9. Your hand and your mouth agreed many years ago that, as far as chocolate is concerned, there is no need to involve your brain.
    Dave Barry
  10. What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.
    Katharine Hepburn
  11. Coffee and chocolate—the inventor of mocha should be sainted.
    Cherise Sinclair
  12. Nice memories are like chocolate: you can’t survive on them alone, as they aren’t very filling, but they make life sweeter.
    Janine Weger

By Michael O’Halloran

Michael is the founder and editor of Greeting Card Poet.


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