It’s below freezing in Charlottesville this week. And just a couple of days ago I saw some very confused robins poking around my backyard. My blueberry bushes want to leaf out. There’s still a pile of unmelted snow at the end of my street. My camellia bush is itching to pop into full powdery pink glory. This morning the buds were donning a ruff of lacy frost. In this full-on climate madness, disparate and beautiful and strange, I find myself drawn to combining seasonal opposites. Cooked food and raw food. Summer fruit and winter grains. Even coconut water and cocoa. Opposites that somehow work together beautifully.
Over the weekend I developed this awesomely delicious, easy coconut water hot chocolate recipe using ZICO’s new 100% chilled natural coconut water. I’d had chilled chocolate coconut water before. So I figured, why not go hot with it?
If it’s not already vastly apparent, I absolutely love coconut water. I’m a certifiable snob. I mean, not all coconut water is created equal my friends. Plenty of coconut water out there has added sugar or artificial flavors. I only trust labels that list 1 ingredient: 100% pure coconut water. Which is the reason I usually go for whole, fresh Thai coconuts (which amazingly we can get here at the Charlottesville Whole Foods). I just stick a straw in one of those bad boys and start sipping.
But what’s really been blowing my mind is that the coconut water in ZICO natural chilled coconut water tastes just like the delicious water you get straight out of a young Thai coconut! I say this with the utmost seriousness, y’all. (And yes this is a sponsored post, but that is my unsolicited opinion.) It tastes good and it’s good for you. Plus it’s naturally sweet and low glycemic without any added sugars or sweeteners. Of the top three coconut water brands, ZICO is the only one that has just one ingredient: 100% coconut water with no sugar added. Which I think is a vote for a better world, personally. But that’s just me.