Happy National Hot Chocolate Day! Story about Caffeine War

Happy National Hot Chocolate Day! Have you had a nice cup of hot chocolate today yet? If you had just a coffee, pour an extra cup to enjoy this fantastic food holiday!

chocolate milk

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Well…but to me, I have to excuse attending today’s event. As I am pregnant, I have to be away from caffeine now. So all I can enjoy is brewing, pouring, sniffing, and imagining how tasty they are while looking at my husband truly enjoying them every single day. Sigh…I think it’s like a torture!


<Small but Important Note from Tanooki>

Caffeine intake isn’t a big no no to pregnant women. Even though it’s true that they are recommended to limit how much caffeine they take each day, they can still enjoy about 2 cups of caffeinated tea/coffee in safe zone. (Trust me, my Dr approved it too.) Caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea or chocolate drinks are typically targets of strangers to give some “appreciated” comment to pregnant women. If you don’t know her, don’t give any comment for what she eats/drinks…it’s none of your business. A few days ago in my pregnancy online class, someone bursted with anger because that happened to her on that day. 


But unfortunately, my husband’s belief is “as long as it’s not really recommended, cut them off to be safe zones.” As a result, I’m not drinking any coffee (even decaf!) tea, and chocolate(especially dark chocolate. For milk and white chocolate, I can enjoy them with my husband’s approval which rarely happens) since I got pregnant. I really want to continue complaining, but well, let’s shift to my childhood memory. 


When I was a kid, I used to drink home brewed barley tea every day. But after I went to primary school and visited my friend’s house, I noticed they drank fancy cool home brewed oolong tea. The flavor was amazing, so I asked my mom to switch oolong tea from barley tea, but her reply was like “ah…no, barley tea is better” without saying anything more than that. As a result, I don’t remember if I had drunk oolong tea or other types of tea as my primary source to stay hydrated in my house until I moved to the US. The time when I finally noticed what she meant was when my co-worker got pregnant and told me that barley tea is actually caffeine-free. I wish I had known that earlier so that I could appreciate my mom’s hidden love. 


I’m sorry for what I did: during hot, humid summer days, I emptied out the cooled barley tea bottle all by myself and didn’t make another batch but ran away from the kitchen. Meaning, my brother had to boil the water, put the barley tea bag, wait until it’s brewed, pour fresh-but-still-too-hot-as-a-cold-glass-of-barley-tea so opened ice box in the freezer, and found another empty container. I’m sorry, and it happened to my brother countless times. 


Also since today is National Hot Chocolate Day, I think I should talk about hot chocolate so let me share a story. Do you know Milo, a chocolate flavored drink? For those who don’t know, Milo is a powdered hot chocolate mix originated in Australia. To make a nice cup of flavorful chocolatey drink, all you need to do is just mix the powder with either boiled water or milk. So, how many teaspoons, or possibly tablespoons are mixed with 8 oz liquid is the key to make it yummy. As a result, we as kids used to judge each household based on how generously they mix the powder. The one who made the richest milo, was our favorite place to have playdates. 


And the same thing happens for making Calpico (a Japanese popular milky, sweet yet tangy beverage. No it’s not hot chocolate and caffeinated drinks but let me proceed talking about it) They have straight-type in PET bottles (wow expensive in amazon!!) today, but when we’re kids they only had a version of the condensed liquid type available, so typically the kid’s mom made a glass of calpico by mixing it with water and served us. As rich as the flavor is, the better. But some households wanted to make the Calpico last as long as possible, they added too much water so the flavor got too bland… And yes, as some of you may know, the name of Calpico is only used outside of Japan because especially for the English speaking country, Calpis sounds just like “cow-piss”


Are you enjoying hot chocolate today? If so, I’m jealous! Enjoy every sip…I mean, every gulp of them! 


<The Key to Make the Day Happy>

Want some kicks too? Mexican Hot Chocolate

mexican hot chocolate

Add berry flavor! Berrylicious Cocoa

berrylicious cocoa

Keep it simple! Chocolate Milk

chocolate milk

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

10 Comments Add yours

  1. johnrieber says:

    Tanooki, I don’t have much of a taste for chocolate, so hot chocolate isn’t something I ever drink…but I DO enjoy coffee and sorry you must pass for now…thanks for sharing all of your stories – always so interesting and insightful!

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you John! I enjoy hot chocolate especially during winter but I do agree coffee appears more as a morning cup or a cuppa for refreshing time😄🙌💕✨ Cheers☕️🎉


  2. Laura says:

    Great post, hot chocolate is such a wonderful, warming beverage. Over the past couple of years I’ve found is made differently in every culture. My favorite is French hot chocolate, it’s deeply chocolate with minimal sweetness, which I enjoy.

    Well, your baby will be here soon, and you’re going to be so absorbed in being a new mom that chocolate won’t matter much. Now when you’ve settled into being a mom, then all bets will be off for chocolate anything. LOL

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Haha~~you’re right!! When I first saw marshmallows are floating in hot chocolate, I didn’t know it is actually very popular way to enjoy hot chocolate, so I was like “wait, why mochi is floating?”🤣🤣🤣 When I found out they’re marshmallow, I truly thought American people sure have sweet tooth👍✨

      And…oh off for chocolate anything? I can’t imagine it at this moment but let’s see which one of us is winning for the bet!😂🙌🎰✨🎰💕🎰

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  3. elvira797mx says:

    Happy Hot Chocolate Day! Thank’s Tanooki for share.
    Have a lovely time! Keep well.

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you Elvira! The same goes to you😘💕

      Liked by 1 person

      1. elvira797mx says:

        You are welcome, Tanooki.
        Aww! Thank’s, as well! 😘💕

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  4. Livia says:

    I’ve once had a particular experience with hot chocolate in Italy. 😁
    I don’t know if the guys in the shop had misunderstood the meaning of hot chocolate, but they gave me a cup of melted chocolate to drink. 😜
    In Switzerland and Germany, I had enjoyed hot chocolate, too. But it had usually been made from cocoa powder with hot milk or a chunk of chocolate that had been melted in hot milk. The one in Italy was completely different. It was 100% pure, melted chocolate. No milk, no nothing.🤯
    It tasted nice but when you’re hardly ever eating chocolate, and then you’re confronted with a whole cup of it, it’s quite a challenge!
    I had to ask my husband and son to help me finish the cup, and for several weeks I couldn’t eat any chocolate at all. 😆

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    1. Tanooki says:

      OMG that “hot chocolate” seems so…rich, I should say😂 If I were at the store, I’d probably ask to cool it and give me😂 And since you had lived in Switzerland, you’d probably find it’s difficult to have yummy chocolate outside of Switzerland…the best chocolate I had was the one from Switzerland!

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