“An American Original”

hot choc                You live where it snows (obviously not here in Southern California).  You’ve spent the whole day sledding, ice skating, making a snowman, or having a snowball fight.  Now you’re cold and wet, shivery and tired.  What can turn this day around?  You get into the house and see a fresh cup of hot cocoa with whipped cream (just the way you like it!) waiting for you on the table.  You sip it, and everything is better.  Nothing is more comforting than a cup of hot cocoa.   The perfect beverage for a cold night.  The wind may be howling outside, but inside, everything is warm and peaceful.

After all that, you’re probably ready to have some right now!  But what is the difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa?  Typically, hot chocolate is liquid made from cocoa beans.  Hot cocoa is made from chocolate powder.  I would think it would be the other way around!  But whatever you call it or whatever you’d rather drink, it’s delicious.

The Carriage Barn & Historical Museum located at Heritage Park in Santa Fe Springs has a one pound tin of Wilbur’s brand Breakfast Cocoa from Wilbur’s Chocolate Co.  The company was started in 1865 by Mr. Henry Oscar Wilbur in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  They are still around today, making them around 150 years old!  If you like to collect cool antiques, old Wilbur tins are available online.

How do you take your hot chocolate drink?  With cream, with milk, with whipped topping, or marshmallows added?  Think about it while you come visit the Wilbur Breakfast Cocoa tin in the “Keeping a Home” section of the Carriage Barn Museum!

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