Hot chocolate, also known as hot cocoa, is a hot beverage consisting of shaved chocolate, melted chocolate or cocoa powder, heated milk or water, and often sugar. The first chocolate beverage is believed to have been created by the Aztecs around 2,000 years ago, and a cocoa beverage was an essential part of Aztec culture by 1400 AD.
The beverage became popular in Europe after being introduced from Mexico in the New World and has undergone multiple changes since then. Until the 19th century, hot chocolate was even used medicinally to treat ailments such as liver and stomach diseases.
Today, hot chocolate is consumed throughout the world and comes in multiple variations including the very thick cioccolata densa served in Italy and chocolate a la taza served in Spain, and the thinner hot cocoa consumed in the United States.
Today, hot chocolate in the form of drinking chocolate or cocoa is considered a comfort food and is widely consumed in many parts of the world.
Here in the United States, the drink is popular in instant form, made with hot water or milk from a packet containing mostly cocoa powder, sugar, and dry milk. It’s often very sweet and topped with marshmallows or whipped cream.
Hot chocolate was first brought to North America as early as the 17th century by the Dutch, but the first time colonists began selling hot chocolate was around 1755. Traditionally, hot chocolate has been associated with cold weather, winter, and dessert in the United States.
If you are Paleo (vegean/vegetarian or Dairy-Free) you’re surely missing a cup of warm, comforting Hot Chocolate this fall. Since there isn’t a commercially available paleo hot chocolate mix available and/or you’re like me and don’t want the hassle of making individual servings on the stove top.
No worries – I’ve created an amazing, Instant Hot Chocolate Mix that’s completely dairy free, paleo friendly and perfect for vegan/vegetarian lifestyles. With just a few simple ingredients, quickly blended together, yields you a instant powered mix for quick and easy mugs of Hot Chocolate when even your heart desires!
The key to this delicious Paleo Instant Hot Chocolate Mix is Coconut Milk Powder! You’ll need to purchase at Amazon ($3.53/bag) or at Thrive Market ($2.75/bag) – It’s important that you stick to the Native Forest Brand, since it’s not filled with junky ingredients like most other brands are.
This post is not sponsored or endorsed by Native Forest in any way, all opinions are authentically mine.
One of the hardest parts of creating recipes like this one, and by this one I mean a sweet recipe, is that I will never use a sweetener that’s perfect for everyone. Everyone’s healthy-eating/paleo template is different and that’s most obvious when it comes to what sweeteners we choose.
Realizing that I can’t ever make all of you happy, I just wrote this recipe how I like it.. but I’ve also made it with several other sweetener options and am offering you options for several popular paleo sweetener options in the notes section of the recipe.