Yes, it’s finally here! December has arrived. The Christmas spirit is rising but the temperature dropping.
When the weather outside is freezing, there’s nothing better than cozying up with a warm cup of hot chocolate. A comforting mug of this delicious drink in our hands makes the time slow down and the smiles start showing. Even though it may seem like an indulgence, did you know that this chilly day treat made with dark chocolate is actually good for your health?

Hot chocolate: Benefits

Well, for one, these hot chocolate recipes truly warm up your whole body, leaving and exquisite and rich taste in your mouth. They are also powered up with all the nutrients and luscious flavor of quality dark chocolate from Ecuador.

It is proven that dark chocolate will not only make you feel happier but it will also lower blood pressure, improve brain function and reduce the risk of heart disease. It is also one of the most important sources of antioxidants and flavonoids that help your skin look young and radiant.

OUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPES

TRADITIONAL HOT CHOCOLATE

This recipe brings the warm-weather favorite to cozy new levels.

Traditional Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

SERVINGS: 2

 

• 400ml Milk
• 2 bars Hoja Verde 100% dark chocolate
• 2 tsp honey

• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 cinamon stick
• Whipped cream to top

Instructions:

 

• 1. Place the milk into a saucepan with the Hoja Verde 100% dark chocolate (broken into small pieces), the cinnamon and the honey.
• 2. Heat gently until the chocolate is completely melted.
• 3. Add the vanilla and mix with a small hand whisk until slightly frothy.
• 4. Take out the cinnamon stick.
• 3. Pour into 2 mugs, and top with whipped cream.

 

SALTED CARAMEL HOT CHOCOLATE

Making this sweet and rich concoction is about to become a new Christmas tradition.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

SERVINGS: 2

 

• 400ml Milk
• 2 bars Hoja Verde 72% dark chocolate
• 2 tbp salted caramel sauce

• Whipped cream to top
• 2 cinnamon sticks, to serve (optional)

Instructions:

 

• 1. Pour the milk into a small saucepan with the finely chopped Hoja Verde 72% dark chocolate and the salted caramell sauce.
• 2. Warm, stirring over medium heat, until chocolate is melted and you have a rich hot liquid.
• 3. Serve with the cinnamon sticks to use as stirrers, top with whipped cream and a drizzling of salted caramel sauce.

 

CHRISTMAS PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE

Wake up and smell the peppermint! This hot chocolate will be the best part of your holiday season.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

SERVINGS: 4

 

• 1 tbs cocoa powder
• 1/3 cup hot water
• 1 ½ cup Hoja Verde 100% dark chocolate chips

• 4 cups whole milk
• 1/2 cup heavy cream
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 7 candy canes finely crushed.

Instructions:

 

• 1. Mix the cocoa with the hot water to make a thin paste.
• 2. Add Hoja Verde 100% dark chocolate chips and the rest of ingredients to a saucepan.
• 3. Serve with marshmallows and candy canes.

 

Who doesn’t like to curl up with a cup of homemade hot chocolate
during the holidays? Make your own:

72% Chocolate Chips: 2.2 lb - Organic Dark Chocolate
66% Cacao: 4 Bars of 1.76 Oz each - Organic Dark Chocolate
58% Cacao: 4 Bars of 1.76 Oz each - Organic Dark Chocolate

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DHL Express, the world's leading logistics company, with more than 30 years of experience in Ecuador, has partnered up with IMPAQTO to invite small and medium-sized Ecuadorian companies to participate in the first edition of the DHL Export to the World Challenge.

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DHL’s objective with this initiative has been to encourage the development of new business proposals in Ecuador that have a social contribution, meet the needs of current and potential customers and that can be anchored to its economic chain adding value to it.

The “Export to the World Challenge” has encouraged entrepreneurs from all around Ecuador to subscribe and to express their ideas and motivations. It has also created a window to promote the projects of these local entrepreneurs towards the rest of the world. In order to publicize their business models and participate for a recognition that helps them consolidate their projects locally and internationally.

Export to the World Challenge

Ecuador is a country with a lot of potential. According to Edith Villavicencio, general manager of DHL Express Ecuador, this country is the one with most entrepreneurship in Latin America. 1 in 3 adults aim to create their own business before turning 45 years old.

With 347 subscriptions, Sense Ecuador has recently been listed as one of the final 10 companies in the Exporters category of the Export to the World Challenge. This demonstrates the potential that its business model has and the quality of the premium products they offer. Their commitment of reducing distances by sending a piece of Ecuador straight to their consumer’s doorstep with a single click has been well recognized and appreciated.

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