A history of drinking hot chocolate

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With just over 90 days until Christmas and the days getting noticeably shorter as we enter into beautifully colourful Autumn, many of us will be thinking of cozy evenings, cradling a mug of warm, rich, hot chocolate in both hands on a cold night by the fire. With your shoes kicked off and the body relaxed, the crackle of the glowing embers are a wonderful soundtrack to a blissful time.

Hot Chocolate evenings – not long to go chocolate lovers!

Those wonderful evenings with hot chocolate have been our inspiration this year for a soon-to-be-announced new range of Langleys hot chocolate flavours. Not your standard powdered, chalky chocolate, but hot chocolate stirring spoons that melt as you stir in your heated milk. The slow creamy drama as your chocolate morphs from solid to luxurious liquid is one of life’s great pleasures. With cool, dark nights fast approaching you’ll soon be able to get your ‘cradled’ hands on a fusion of hot chocolate flavours to enjoy for yourself or as a stocking filler gift this Christmas.

With final touches almost complete, keep your eyes peeled for announcements on here, Facebook and Instagram for a the big reveal of exciting new Laangleys flavours.

History of hot chocolate

Have you ever thought about this delicious beverage’s origins? Hot chocolate’s history goes quite a way back, and the drink has changed over the years, evolving from cold and spicy to warm and sweet.

In Mexico, the Maya civilisation were drinking chocolate made from ground-up cocoa seeds mixed with water, cornmeal and chillies as far back as 500 BC. They would mix the drink by pouring it back and forth from a cup to a pot until a thick foam developed, and then enjoy the beverage cold. Although the chocolate drink was available to all classes of people, the wealthy would drink it from large vessels with spouts, which later would be buried along with them.

Hot chocolate made its appearance into Europe in the early 1500s. Although the drink still remained cold and bitter-tasting, it gained popularity and was adopted by the court of King Charles V as well as the Spanish upper class. After its introduction in Spain, the drink began to be served hot, sweetened, and without the chillies. It wasn’t until the late 1700s in London when hot chocolate started to resemble the beverage we drink today where hot milk was mixed with chocolate.

Hot chocolate has become so popular cross the world, and enjoyed in many forms. Although powder varieties sold in packets can give a good fix of ‘chocolate’, there is no comparison to the enjoyment you can get from chocolate melted in warm milk. Mmmmmm.

If you can’t wait for the new flavour announcement, enjoy our original Milk Hot Chocolate Stirring Spoon

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