Hot Chocolate in Modern Society !
Today hot chocolate is consumed throughout the world, although there are still two main styles of the drink, one having a much thicker consistency than the other.
In America and parts of Europe, the drink is most popular in instant form, made with hot water or milk from a packet containing mostly cocoa powder, sugar, and dry milk. This is the thinner of the two styles, it is very sweet and often topped with marshmallows, whipped cream or, in the UK at least, a piece of solid chocolate, often a Cadbury's Flake bar.
In Europe, where it is especially popular, it is often very thick, due to being made directly from chocolate (such as Italy's cioccolata densa, ubiquitous in their bars and restaurants). The Germans are also known for very thick, heavy chocolate. With the influence of restaurant pastry chefs and chocolatiers, this style is creeping into American culture, where hot chocolate is traditionally a winter drink of the aforementioned powder-based variety, associated in folk images with snowstorms and sledding.
In Spain, hot chocolate and churros was the traditional working-man's breakfast. This Spanish style of hot chocolate is very thick, having the consistency of warm chocolate pudding. Today, in cities like Madrid, Spaniards mark the traditional end to a night out by dipping churros into this very thick hot chocolate.
A study has shown that hot chocolate contains more antioxidants than wine and tea therefore reducing the risk of heart disease. New research claims that drinking hot chocolate before bedtime promotes better sleep.