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Five Reasons Hot Cocoa is Good for You!

Winter weather has us thinking of warm comforts like hot cocoa! While we know that cocoa may not be atop the list of healthy snacks to enjoy this season, it has benefits that we think are just as important for enjoying a cozy and happy Winter. 

1. Improves your mood
Imagine wrapping your hands around a toasty mug. The steam of freshly poured hot milk tickles your face. You breathe in the smell of sweet chocolate, and a warm, smooth sip sooths your throat. Are you smiling yet? Even thinking about it is a mood booster!

2. Inspires creativity
We all know that marshmallows are a common go-to for a cocoa garnish, but you can get imaginative with your mixture and create any flavor combination you want! Add peppermint for a minty finish. Rest a cinnamon stick or gingerbread cookie in your mug for a touch of seasonal spice. Feeling adventurous? Add a pinch of chipotle or chili powder for a kick of flavor.

3. Perfect quality time snack
Winter invites us indoors to enjoy quality time with friends and family. Whether it’s holiday meals and celebrations, or a simple night curled up by the fire, who can resist a round of hot cocoa? Make quality time sweeter with a treat every age will enjoy – with plenty of marshmallows to top, of course.

4. A way to warm up
From red noses and rosy cheeks to chilly toes and fingertips, cold Winter weather is settling in for its season. What better way to thaw out than a fresh cup of cocoa? Grip your hands around a hot mug, let the steam rise over your face and savor a swallow to warm you inside and out.

5. Just plain delicious!
Sometimes it’s the simplest pleasures that have the largest impact on our day. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa today purely because it tastes good. Topped with marshmallows, sprinkled with cinnamon, covered in whipped cream or just plain cocoa, it’s delicious, and we hope you enjoy it!

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