Brrr! Can you feel that chill in the air? Better bundle up tight before you head outside to play. After sledding for a while, you might feel the need to come back inside and warm up. When you do, you may want to start warming up from the inside out!

Some of the best winter treats are the things that warm our tummies. Do you have a favorite warm winter treat that helps you fight off the cold winter air?

One of the most popular wintertime tummy-warmers is, of course, hot chocolate. Sometimes called hot cocoa, hot chocolate can be made many different ways. The chocolate itself is usually shaved chocolate, melted chocolate or cocoa powder.

The liquid base of hot chocolate is usually either hot water or steamed milk. Combine the liquid with the chocolate and throw in some sugar and maybe some marshmallows and you’ve got yourself a steaming hot cup of cocoa!

Hot chocolate has been around quite a while. Historians believe the Mayan people probably created the first chocolate drink over 2,000 years ago. Since that time, it’s become a worldwide favorite with unique variations in many different countries.

Today, hot chocolate can be made easily with pre-made packets of powdered cocoa. All you need to do is simply add hot water. Gourmet versions of hot chocolate can be bought at stores or made at home with chocolate bars, marshmallows and whipped cream.

Another popular winter drink is hot apple cider. Hot apple cider is apple juice that has been heated and flavored with additional ingredients, such as nutmeg, cinnamon or clove. Have you ever tried hot apple cider on a cold winter day? It’ll warm your tummy in a hurry!

If it’s close to the holidays, you might also want to try a hot glass of eggnog. Made with milk or cream, sugar and beaten eggs, eggnog has a frothy texture that many people look forward to every winter.

Like apple cider, eggnog is often flavored with a dash of nutmeg, cinnamon or vanilla. Eggnog can be made at home or purchased in stores around the holidays. Some people use eggnog as a special flavoring in coffee and tea during the winter months.

Traditional eggnog can be high in fat and cholesterol. However, low-fat and low-sugar versions can now often be found in stores. Some manufacturers also offer eggnog made with soy, rice or coconut milk for vegans and people with dairy allergies.

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  1. I never knew that hot chocolate started about 2,000 years ago. I like to drink it in the winter because it’s nice and warm. I’ve had apple cider, but hot apple cider doesn’t sound so good to me. Maybe I’ll try it one day to find out.

    • We’re so glad that you’ve learned something new about that delicious, chocolate drink, Eoin! We are looking forward to curling up with some hot chocolate today! :)

    • Great question, Jesenya! Drinking warm things, like hot chocolate, or eating warm meals, like soup, will help keep you warm when it’s cold outside. It’s also important to dress for the weather– so if you need to bundle up to stay warm, make sure you grab a jacket! :)

  2. My mom has a secret hot chocolate recipe. It is the best hot chocolate. If you try it, it will become your favorite hot drink. It tastes better than Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks coffee. I bet you want to try it. Happy winter. There is no snow yet here in Michigan.

    • Yum! Your mom’s secret recipe sounds like a dream come true, Jerry! Thanks for sharing your comment with us! We hope you can enjoy her chocolate drink even if the snow hasn’t appeared yet! :)

    • MmmmMmm! We are so glad you’re in the mood for hot chocolate– we are, too! We hope you satisfy your tastebuds and have some soon! :)

  3. Hey Wonderopolis, Its me again, CHATTER!
    My Most favorite way to have hot chocolate is to pour a mug of cold milk, put it in the microwave for 1 min and 5 sec., stir the mix in and then enjoy it!! :D Thought I would share this recipe with you since we WONDER how we can be warm and cozy this winter! Happy Holidays!,
    -Chatter! :D :) ;)

    • Yum, that sounds extra tasty, Wonder Friend Chatter! We bet this is the perfect beverage to have after a day of skiing! Happy Holidays to you, too! :)

  4. Hi wonderopolis! I can’t wait for Christmas. I thought it was crazy to wear shades in the snow. I LOVE summer and winter. I usually wear shades in summer. But I get sand in them a lot at the beach… have a WONDERful day!

    • We’re so glad to hear you’ll be protecting your eyes from UV light in the winter, too, Rylie! Thanks for joining the fun and WONDERing with us– we hope you have a terrific Tuesday! :)

  5. This is not a good website you should put stuff kids care about, like mine is sonic the hedgehog I mean almost all your subjects are boring.

    • Hi there, Chris! We appreciate your comment today! While we don’t have a Wonder about Sonic the Hedgehog, we have a variety of other topics to check out! We’re sorry to hear that this isn’t your favorite site, but we hope you’ll Wonder with us to learn something cool, fun and new! :)

  6. Hi! My name is snowman. In the winter, I like to play in the snow. After I come inside, I like to drink hot chocolate. My mom makes it with milk. I don’t add marshmallows or whip cream. I have never tasted eggnog. Someday, I want to try it. We don’t have eggnog in Japan. I also have never tasted hot apple cider. Maybe, someday I will.

    • Hey there, Snowman! We’re glad you enjoy the winter as much as we do! It’s so much fun to play in the snow and once we come inside, there’s nothing like a cup of hot chocolate to warm us up! We hope you’ll taste other holiday drinks, including eggnog and apple cider, too! :)

  7. Dear Wonderopolis,
    I love hot chocolate!!!!!!!!!!! Especially with marshmallows! Do you like hot chocolate??
    Please answer back!

    • MMMMmmmMMM! We sure do enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate, Katie, especially when it’s chilly outside! Some Wonder Friends even enjoy topping their hot chocolate with whipped cream! YUM! Thanks for WONDERing with us today, we are so glad you’re here! :)

    • Hi Alexis! Thanks for WONDERing with us! Hot Chocolate is delicious! Have you tried apple cider before? It’s yummy too! :)

    • Hi Dave! There are lots of ways to make hot cocoa! You can make the traditional kind with milk or water, but you can always add different flavors in like peppermint and hazelnut! Sounds yummy! Keep WONDERing! :)

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