Coffee, Tea or Cocoa

I know this may sound unAmerican but I hate coffee. I do love tea but the hands down I’ll take off a finger if you touch it winner is hot cocoa, also known as, hot chocolate.

And, now that I think about it, Chocolate is American.

Those poor unfortunates on other continents dreamt of sugar plums, not chocolate before the Americans were discovered by Europeans. The origins of the plant are murky because Early Americans knew a good thing when they tasted it and so it (is theorized) to have spread from the Andes all along the Americas. There actually is a white chocolate bean, but it is very rare and I’m sure tastes a billion times better than that white stuff evil-doers try to pass as Chocolate.

And chocolate was even used as currency before the Spanish arrived. I’m kinda thankful for the change as it would give new meaning to eating away our retirement. Naturally, there would be those who couldn’t save a reddish-brown bean to save their souls. With their chocolate-stained fingers, they would be easy to spot though.

I haven’t been able to find when the brilliant person turned the noble bean into a drink (let alone flavored it with vanilla) but it was the royal beverage of choice when the Spanish arrived and exported the drink to the rest of Europe.  The rich enjoyed it first, even including it in their daughter’s dowries. Then some bright person separated it and mixed the powdered cocoa with milk.

Although there are a few folks who say hot chocolate is made with bar chocolate and hot cocoa is made with the powder, I use them both interchangeably.  And prefer the powdered type when I’m in a hurry to get to work. Which made my find of 1/2 off hot chocolate (powdered) mixes at my local Bed, Bath and Beyond a wonderful and unexpected present.

Now I just have to hide them from my son:-)

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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2 Responses to Coffee, Tea or Cocoa

  1. Sunshine amthauer says:

    When do we get the next Redaction book. I keep reading and buying……..please, please don’t leave us hanging wondering what happened to all these wonderful people! Love your books, totally believe in the concept and would rehab a missle silo if I had the wherewithal. Oh well, I can always read. Thank you so much for your efforts and wonderful imagined scenes and characters.
    Sunshine Amthauer

    • Hi Sunshine,
      I would love to rehab a missile silo but can’t find one where I want to live. Thanks for the big compliment. There are 3 Redaction books with Mavis, David, Sunnie, Manny and the others. They are Extinction Level Event (I), The Meltdown (II) and Dark Hope (III). The next Redaction book will be set 100 years in the future and will have the descendants of the survivors. I hope to have it out in the Spring (April).

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