Morinaga Milk Cocoa is available in many variations!
Milk Cocoa series / Milk Cocoa Stick series A globally recognized taste! The standard Milk Cocoa with the rich, mellow flavor loved by everyone!
Surprisingly, the more you knead it, the tastier the hot chocolate becomes.
By kneading the powder with a little hot milk (or hot water) before adding the hot milk or hot water, the hot chocolate becomes smoother in texture and richer in taste and flavor.
By kneading the powder with a little hot milk (or hot water,) the starch in the cocoa is said to gelatinize, which then enhances the smooth texture and increases the rich taste and flavor.
Here is some little-known hot chocolate trivia, a drink that is also healthy.
Cacao refers to the seeds in the fruit of the cacao tree.
Cacao is grown in hot, humid areas within the latitudes of 20 degrees south and north and at an average temperature of 27°C. Major production areas of cacao are West Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.
Dietary fiber has a role in cleaning the intestines, and as much as 30% of cacao is fiber.
This amount is much higher than that of raw vegetables and fruits. A cup of hot chocolate contains two to three times as much fiber as the same amount of tomato juice.
Originally, the name “cacao” came from the Mayan and Aztec languages. Cacao beans were brought to Spain and then became popular in Europe, among which only British people found it difficult to pronounce “cacao” and changed the sound combination to “cocoa.” Like the English, Japanese use the term “cocoa.”
The scientific name for cacao beans, the ingredient of hot chocolate, is Theobroma cacao. “Theobroma” refers to the "food of the gods" in Greek. In ancient times, the beans were considered so valuable that they were used as money.
Besides cacao, polyphenols are found in red wine and green tea. Regardless of the food, polyphenols weaken active oxygen, which is related to various problems including arteriosclerosis and aging.
Unlike other drinks made from extracted liquids, cocoa is made by grinding cacao beans. The beans contain calcium, magnesium, and iron, which modern people are said to lack.
The theobromine in cacao is the source of the bitterness unique to chocolate and cocoa and is chemically similar to caffeine in coffee and tea. However, while caffeine has the effect of interfering with sleep and has a strong excitatory action, theobromine’s effect is mild, allowing everyone from children to the elderly to safely enjoy it. This might be why you feel relaxed and soothed after drinking hot chocolate.
It’s a winter’s evening. Saito-san has finally completed his day’s work and is taking a break.
The best treat after a hard day’s work is a hot mug of slightly bitter cocoa for grown-ups!
Here he sits with his favorite hot cocoa, his favorite cats, wearing his favorite robe, in his favorite spot in front of the fireplace.
This is a special time of relaxation for Saito-san.
He reflects on the job he did that day.
Shooting in the middle of winter with heavy snow was much harder than he thought it would be.
“But, I’m the kind of guy that can’t help but try my best to meet everyone’s expectations,” he thinks to himself.
At last, his body, which was cold to the bone from shooting outdoors, is warming up nicely, thanks to the hot cocoa.
Now that he’s completely relaxed, you can see the playful side of Saito-san that he usually doesn't reveal to his fans!