Winter is here and everyone in Chicago knows the feeling of frozen despair that often accompanies it. Thankfully, we have a delicious remedy for the winter blues: hot chocolate. Treat yourself to happiness with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. The treat is made from theobroma cacao which translates to “food for the gods”. Although chocolate has historically been reserved for rulers and divine beings, recently regular people have also had the chance to enjoying it. Here are a few contemporary twists Geronimo Piperni once called, “a divine, celestial drink, the sweat of the stars, the vital seed, divine nectar, the drink of the gods, panacea and universal medicine.”
- Classic Cocoa: Good for any occasion, classic hot cocoa is always a safe bet. Enjoy it on a cozy day of reading by the fire or trekking from the Chicago Brown line station to school. The simplest recipe, you can make this drink by just mixing in your favorite cocoa powder into warm milk.
- Peppermint Hot Chocolate: Perfect for the holidays, the peppermint flavor will get you in the seasonal spirit. The simple addition of a candycane can cheer up your classic cocoa.
- Mexican Hot Chocolate: Thick in its history as it is in the mug, Mexican hot chocolate is just what you need to spice up your winter. First sipped by the Mayan and Aztec civilizations, chocolate was only consumed by the most important (even devine!) people. Nowadays, you don’t have to be a ruler to enjoy this exciting drink: you only need a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon.