Why dangerous? Because you can barely taste the alcohol and the flavour is heavenly!
Have you ever wondered where cocoa comes from? We all know it’s from a bean. Not to be confused with the coffee bean, however. But before that? What does the bean look like before it is a bean? What does the tree look like?
It is possible that the cacao tree had been in use even before the Mayan culture, which dates back as far as 600 AD. So much more that some believe the Olmec civilization 3000 years ago first discovered the delicious fruit of these trees.
The Olmec people are presumed to originate from what is today the state Veracruz and, it’s neighbouring state, Tabasco, Mexico is where the Olmec people originate. The plant is native to in Central and South America and, today, still grows wild in Southern Mexico.
If you’ve never seen what a cocoa tree looks like, see how the cocoa pods are harvested and are turned into chocolate. First time I ever saw the true source of our chocolate bars!
In Central America? Be sure to visit the chocolate factory Hacienda La Luz.
All chocolate comes from the Theobrama cacao tree. Of this tree, there are 3 main types: Criollo, Forastero(the one with the bitter taste) and Trinitario.
Today, for National Cocoa Day, try warming up your Hot Cocoa with liqueur, if you dare!
Step 1: Make your cocoa.
Step 2: Take your pick of the following:
Frangelico, maybe even with brandy or both.
Baileys, of course. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without this.
Peppermint Schnapps or Tequila or both.
Rum and Cinnamon Liqueur.
Vanilla Vodka and Baileys.
Bittersweet hot chocolate and red wine. Since chocolate pairs so well with red wine, why not mix them?
If you’re a fan of orange-flavoured chocolate, add grand marnier.
Amaretto. Again, because of it’s orange based flavour.
As an Irish Hot Chocolate: Baileys, Whisky and Guinness.
What’s your favorite liqueur to add to your hot cocoa?
Posted by Kim Ratcliffe-Doe on December 13, 2017.