National Chocolate Milk Day 2023: On September 27, we celebrate National Chocolate Milk Day, and our childhood sensibilities are tingling. This beverage can be found in lunchrooms across the United States, but its origins are in Jamaica. Indeed, Jamaica gave us both ginger beer and cocoa milk. Its history dates back to the 1400s, and its popularity continues to grow. In fact, it is anticipated that the global chocolate milk market will expand by 3.6% between 2019 and 2024.
The background of National Chocolate Milk Day
Would you believe us if we said that chocolate milk is a sacred and mystical beverage?
Around 1900 B.C., the Olmec drank chocolate, which was the earliest documented use of chocolate. It was consumed from round containers known as tecomates, which were status symbols.
Consequently, the Mayans worshipped a deity of cocoa. According to ancient Mayan writings, chocolate beverages were served at weddings and other significant occasions. Additionally, they prepared cacao beverages as offerings to their spirits.
Throughout history, chocolate beverages continued to be medicinal and mystical. In 1687, Irish botanist Hans Sloane was designated as a physician to the Duke of Albemarle in Jamaica. Sloane was introduced to Jamaican cocoa water while in Jamaica. He added milk to the beverages because he believed they were too bitter. He realized that cocoa milk was not only delicious but also extremely nutritious due to its calcium and protein content.
Sloane was permitted to transport the drink mixture back to Europe due to his position. He began selling it to apothecaries and proselytizing about its healing properties.
In 1828, the Amsterdam corporation Van Houten invented a method for cocoa pressing. This produced a chocolate powder that was light, fluffy, and readily soluble in water or milk. This increased the popularity of cocoa milk because it was so simple to prepare.
With the 1904 introduction of Ovaltine, U.S. brands gained popularity in the early 1900s. The prevalence of chocolate milk continued to rise, and it is now one of the most popular beverages in the world.
FAQs FOR NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MILK DAY
Which eateries serve cocoa milk?
The majority of large chains offer cocoa milk for children. If it is not listed, simply ask your server. You can also purchase chocolate milk at fast-food restaurants such as McDonald’s or at the supermarket.
How do you create chocolate milk without dairy?
Choose a nondairy milk such as almond, coconut, soy, etc., and mix it with unsweetened cocoa powder. You can include sweeteners such as maple syrup or dairy-free chocolate morsels, as well as flavors such as vanilla. Combine and combine the ingredients.
How is cocoa milk made from scratch?
If you want chocolate milk made entirely from scratch, you must create your own cocoa powder. First, grind cacao seeds into a fine powder. This will be added to your milk along with any additional ingredients you desire. You can even visit a farm to obtain freshly-pressed milk if you’re an overachiever.
Activities On National Chocolate Milk Day
Make chocolate milk for adults
If you are at least 21 years old, you can elevate cocoa milk. Add some Kahlua or Baileys, and voilà! The ideal cocktail is awaiting.
Take a selfie with a milk mustache
Do you recall the Got Milk campaign? Gather some companions and relive your youth by taking photographs with milk mustaches.
Decorate a ceramic tumbler.
Want a super cool mug to appreciate your preferred beverage libation? You can paint or decorate a ceramic tumbler yourself.
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