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Cocoa Crazy: 40 Basic to Boozy Recipes - To Celebrate National Cocoa Day

Cocoa Crazy: 40 Basic to Boozy Recipes - To Celebrate National Cocoa Day

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Cocoa Crazy: 40 Basic to Boozy Recipes - To Celebrate National Cocoa Day

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28 minutes
Apr 30, 2020


Whether you live in a sunny or cold climate, December is the perfect time to make yourself a mug of cocoa and celebrate National Cocoa Day.

Every year on December 13, people across America celebrate their favorite holiday season comforting chocolatey drink.

So what’s the difference between cocoa and hot chocolate?

Quite simply, hot chocolate is made from ground chocolate contains cocoa butter. Hot cocoa is made from cocoa powder and has fewer calories and fat.

Cocoa is also very versatile and so not only can you use it make hot drinks, milkshakes, and cocktails you can also add it as an ingredient in sweet and savory recipes.

Cocoa Crazy brings you 20 boozy and basic recipes for drinks including:

• Honey Cinnamon Cocoa Shake
• Chocolate and Blueberry Smoothie
• Mexican Hot Cocoa with Tequila and Cayenne Pepper
• and Dark Chocolate Caramel Martini

Plus, discover our 20 boozy and basic recipes for desserts and sweets including:

• Champagne Rose Chocolate Tart
• Strawberry and Limoncello Cake
• Cocoa Fig Truffles
• and Cherry Cocoa Chia Pudding

So what are you waiting for chocolate lovers? It’s time to celebrate the history of cocoa around the world with National Cocoa Day on December 13.

Apr 30, 2020

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Gordon Rock is the author for hundreds of cookbooks on delicious meals that the 'average Joe' can attempt at home. Including, but definitely not limited to, the Amazon Prime bestseller "Smoking Meat: The Essential Guide to Real Barbecue".Rock is also known for other well-known titles such as "Making Fresh Pasta", "Hot Sauce", "The Paleo Chocolate Lovers" and "Vegan Tacos", just to name a few.Rock has been nominated for various awards and has recently been offered a 'Question & Answers' column in Food and Wine Magazine that will give him a greater medium to respond to all the queries readers may have after attempting his recipes. He has also been honored by the Institution of Culinary Excellence for his outstanding recipes.Gordon Rock grew up in the outskirts of Los Angeles in California, where he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with honors. He still resides there along with his wife and three kids. He operates a non - profit organization for aspiring cooks who are unable to finance their culinary education and spends practically all his spare time either in the kitchen or around his desk writing.

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Did you know that Theobroma, which translates as food of the gods, is the Greek name for cocoa?

And it’s not only the Greeks who value cocoa.

In fact, it was once used to create a ritual drink that couples shared during engagement and marriage ceremonies; providing us with one of the first known links of chocolate with romance.

Even today, we associate chocolate with luxury and love, but it wasn’t always that way.

Cocoa’s history goes way back to almost 4000 years ago when the Aztecs and Mayans used it as a form of currency.

However, the luxurious sweet drink we know and love in the 21st century is a far cry from the chili laden, spicy version enjoyed way back in 1900 BC.

Mayan priests would use chocolate for religious rituals, offering it to the gods with specific cocoa recipes for different types of ceremonies, including newborn baby baptisms.

Cocoa wasn't just for rituals though. The Europeans and Mesoamericans gave it as medicine and used it for a whole number of purposes and ailments, from reducing fever to cleaning teeth.

Not everyone loved cocoa though. When Cortes first encountered chocolate in Montezuma’s court in the early 16th century, he didn't like it at all. Neither did Christopher Columbus when he came across it on one of his expeditions to the Americas.

They disliked the chocolate drink so much that they changed it, replacing the chili spices and cornmeal the Mayans so loved, for sugar and honey.

It soon became a drink for the rich, well hidden from the rest of the world by the Portuguese and Spanish explorers who coveted its medicinal capabilities.

Today, cocoa is used in lots of different ways from hot drinks and shakes to pancakes and puddings. It is celebrated throughout the world and even enjoys its own National Cocoa Day on December 13 each year.

Alcoholic Desserts

Boozy Bourbon Cocoa Popsicles

Rain or shine you won’t be able to resist these grown-up frozen treats.

Servings: 6

Total Time: 6hours 10mins


4 Medjool dates (pitted)

2 tbsp. cocoa powder

1 cup coconut milk

1 cup ice

4 ounces bourbon

¼ cup dried cranberries (unsweetened)


1. Add the chopped dates, cocoa powder and coconut milk to a blender and process until silky.

2. Add approximately 1 cup of ice and process.


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