Cocoa is great for gifts in place of boxed chocolates.
Stage a promotion showing how cocoa can be a part of a healthy lifestyle by posting results from recent scientific studies.
Low-carb cocoa is an excellent choice for dieting chocolate lovers.
Instead of passing out candy, serve up samples of Mexican hot chocolate or another of your creamy and delicious specialty cocoa products.
Spotlight Mexican hot chocolate with a Day of the Dead Celebration promoting cinnamon-spiced cocoa and a feast of Latin foods.
Host a Rococoa Festival that invites customers into your store and out of the winter cold with a combination art festival and cocoa promotion.
Joseph Adhum, managing director of JOACHIPO Commercial Enterprises (the Ugandan exporting firm that purchased the plastic in September 2004), told SciDev.Net his firm dried 26 metric tons of cocoa beans in just two days last November (traditional drying can take two weeks).
Advocates say the reduction in drying time could help boost Uganda's cocoa exports.
The technology's advocates say the plastic also kills mold and fungi more thoroughly, and thus makes it easier for Ugandan cocoa to meet European health requirements for imports.
As long as you use skim or low-fat milk (and don't add whipped cream), the fat content of the cocoa powder is relatively unimportant because the amount you use is so small.
PRODUCT CALORIES FAT (g) Hot cocoa mixes (one packet, prepared with 6 oz water) Carnation or Nestle 110 1 Swiss Miss 110 3 Swiss Miss Lite 70 <1 Weight Watchers 60 0 Unsweetened cocoa powder (*) Hershey's (1 Tbsp), dry 18 <1 Hershey's (1 Tbsp), with 6 oz skim milk and 1 Tbsp sugar 128 <1 Ghirardelli (1 Tbsp), dry 15 1 Ghirardelli (1 Tbsp), with 6 oz skim milk and 1 Tbsp sugar 125 1 Chocolate drinks Nestle Quik chocolate (2 tsp powder), dry 72 1 Nestle Quik, with 6 oz skim milk 137 1 Bosco (2 Tbsp syrup) 85 <1 Bosco, with 6 oz skim milk 150 <1 (*) The labels of different brands suggest using different amounts of cocoa.