December 12, 2012

National Cocoa Day

“But what tempts you? You're a portly fellow. A bit long in the waistband. So what's your pleasure? Is it the salty snacks you crave? No no no no... Yours is a sweet tooth. Oh, you may stray, but you'll always return to your dark master... The cocoa bean! And only the purest syrup nectar can satisfy you. If you could, you'd guzzle it by the gallon... Ovaltine! Hershey's! Nestle's Quik!" - Kramer, “Seinfeld”

It's National Cocoa Day!

Sponsored by: Attune Foods

Remember, 'lo those many (many) months ago, when we celebrated National Hot Chocolate Day? That was January 31st. It seems like just yesterday. It also seems like forever ago. Yet, here we are almost a year later celebrating it's counterpart holiday, National Cocoa Day.

There's actually a pretty big difference between hot chocolate and cocoa. Cocoa is generally made from a powdered mix of cocoa and sugar, then it's combined with either hot milk or water. Proper hot chocolate, on the other hand, is made from melted chocolate and hot cream.

And it's totally healthy for you to drink... well, kind of. With all the recent studies about the awesome antioxidant properties of chocolate, though, I'm telling myself it is!

I'm celebrating today a little non-traditionally with Erewhon Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice Cereal (topped with mini vegan marshmallows, swimming in vanilla soy milk that it soaked up....yum). Their cereal is made from US grown organic brown rice that's cooked, oven-toasted, then rolled in a cocoa glaze for a super rich chocolatey flavor. I don't usually feel like cereal is a food one can spoil themselves with... but I do today! It was sweet, crunchy, and really did taste like cocoa!

Erewhon "derived its company name from a famous nineteenth century novel by Samuel Butler. In the novel, 'Erewhon' (made by rearranging the letters of the word “nowhere”) was a utopia in which it was a crime to be sick, and everyone was responsible for his or her own health. Founded in Boston, Massachusetts by two macrobiotic educators named Michio and Aveline Kushi, Erewhon was on the forefront of the whole foods movement that emerged in the mid 1960’s. Their message was simple: a whole foods diet can support health and help prevent sickness. A whole-grain based natural diet was necessary for good health."

Erewhon is owned by Attune Foods, according to their website "an innovation accelerator in the food industry dedicated to improving and enhancing Americans' lives through the creation of next-generation healthful foods and beverages." They use simple, pure ingredients to help people feel their best and are dedicated to improving the way we eat at home, in our communities, in our nation, and someday worldwide.

See... I told you cocoa was good for you!

Happy National Cocoa Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.