Theobromine zester

Orange Hot Chocolate

The cocoa powder in hot chocolate is full of theobromine, which is different from caffeine by just one methyl group & can reduce sleepiness. Add orange zest for a soothing lift at the end of the day. (Just keep away from pets--theobromine is toxic to dogs and cats.)

Theobromine Zester or Orange Hot Chocolate


  • zest from 1 orange (i.e., just the orange part of the rind), grated
  • 1 packet hot chocolate mix
  • 6 oz. hot water or milk


  1. Grate orange zest into a mug.
  2. Add hot chocolate mix and hot water or milk. Enjoy!

Make it a mix!


  • zest from 4 oranges
  • 1.25 c (3.2 oz) powdered milk
  • 4 tbls sugar
  • 4 tbls unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tsp powdered vanilla
  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Grate orange zest into a baking sheet; let dry overnight in a dark, dry place.
  2. Mix zest and remaining ingredients. Store in air tight container up to 3 months.
  3. To serve, combine 1 part mix with 1 part hot water and enjoy!

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