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Seasonal Beverage Showdown: Hot Chocolate vs. Apple Cider

As the colder weather starts to set in, there’s nothing like a hot beverage to warm you up. There’s something so cozy about snuggling up on the couch with a blanket and a warm mug.

But when you imagine yourself in that situation, what’s inside your mug?

Hot Chocolate

If you say hot chocolate, you’re definitely not alone. Plenty of people love this warm, rich drink as they pick out Christmas trees, go ice skating, or just snuggle by the fire.

Hot chocolate has been around for along time, with the Mayans making it from ground-up cocoa seeds, water, cornmeal, and chili peppers as far back as 500 BC. Sounds pretty different from modern-day hot chocolate, right? When this bitter version was introduced to Spain, they started serving it hot and sweetened, making it more like what we think of these days.

Apple Cider

However, if you’re anything like me, your mug is full of hot apple cider, complete with a cinnamon stick!

Of course, just like hot chocolate, the original apple cider was a little different from what we’re talking about here. Historically speaking, apple cider used to be an alcoholic beverage. Back then, booze considered a daily necessity, even for kids, since water was often riddled with bacteria and couldn’t always be trusted.

There is evidence of apple trees growing along the Nile as far back as 1300 BC, but we haven’t found proof that the Egyptians were using them for cider. They did enjoy beer, though, so it’s possible that they could have known the joys of fermenting fruit into a beverage.

By the time the Romans invaded what is now England in 55 BC, they were already drinking cider. It was so popular that it spread throughout the Roman Empire and has remained popular ever since.

Hot Chocolate vs. Apple Cider

So what side are you on? Which of these warm beverages is your favorite to enjoy on a chilly night?

  • Would You Rather Drink Hot Chocolate or Apple Cider?

    • a mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows and cinnamon sticks
      Hot Chocolate
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    • glass of apple cider with cinnamon sticks
      Apple Cider
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Kate Singer

Kate Singer is a regular contributor to Polling Pig and enjoys making trivia, polls and personality quizzes.

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