SKATERS COR­NER

Hot Co­coa’s Sweet History

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It’s cold out­side and it’s chilly in­side the skat­ing rink, mak­ing a steam­ing cup of co­coa our favourite post-prac­tice treat. And we know we’re not alone. Fig­ure skaters around the world have savoured this pop­u­lar drink for too many years to count. Ac­cord­ing to the Hot Choco­late Fes­ti­val Or­ga­ni­za­tion (and a few history books), the Mayans cre­ated hot co­coa more than 2000 years ago. But it wasn’t un­til the early 16th cen­tury when Spain’s up­per class stirred a lit­tle sweet­ness into the frothy de­li­cious­ness that the bev­er­age went from cold to hot, cour­tesy of the Dutch, Ital­ians, French and other main­land Euro­peans. Now of course, hot choco­late is a sta­ple in most of our homes. Be­yond sat­is­fy­ing our sweet tooth, it has some pretty great health ben­e­fits, too. Hot choco­late con­tains more an­tiox­i­dants than red wine and tea, so drink­ing a mug full can help re­duce the risk of heart dis­ease. Plus, it’s packed full of flavonoids, which can im­prove your blood flow, pre­vent free rad­i­cal dam­age and help re­duce blood platelet buildup so that you can ben­e­fit from over­all car­dio­vas­cu­lar health.

It can also be per­son­al­ized by adding a hint of mint, a dash of warm cin­na­mon or even a hot chili pep­per to spice things up. How­ever you choose to mix-up yours, pour­ing a cup or two into your to-go ther­mos is sure to make skat­ing time even more fun than it al­ready is.

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