Mexican Hot Chocolate

June 12, 2008

Normally this time of year I'd be writing about wine spritzers or something refreshing. Certainly not hot chocolate. But it's been so cold here in Seattle I would swear it's winter. Mark Twain once said, "The coldest summer I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco" Well, I'm sure he'd say the same about Seattle right now. Didn't we just have a heat wave?! So to take the chill off I cranked the heat up, threw an extra blanket on top of the already-down-quilted bed, and made a big mug of Mexican hot chocolate. Mexican hot chocolate makes Swiss Miss taste like pond water. Rich dark chocolate that's laced with cinnamon and coarse sugar, it's thick, frothy and warms you up like a hug from Granny. In fact, one of my favorite brands, Abuelita, means Little Grandma. Break one tablet into 4 cups of milk and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Stir the mixture frequently with a whisk until the chocolate is melted and frothy. Traditionally, Mexican chocolate is beaten to a froth with a whisk-like wooden implement called a molinillo. Since most of us don't own such an item you can pulse a small amount of the cocoa in a blender, then ladle on top of your beverage, much like a barista does with the foam of your latté. Drink immediately (you won't want to wait anyway). If you really need to take the edge off, add a splash of whiskey. A dash of chili powder is pretty good, too.



Melanie D.'s picture

Wow. I have a fondness for hot chocs and have never seen one that can be so delicious to the eye. I am guessing that this hot choc will be one of my favorites, once i've tasted it.

teena's picture

I love hot chocos! I really wanted to get a sip of this hot choco!

Manny the Pantsy the 3rd's picture

I enjoyed dis fancy liquid, it was frothy but helped my throat gunk !! It helped clear air passages in da throat chamber of luckiness!!!!!

Kary's picture

Chocolate is one of my favorites beverages in this time of the year and it's absolutely the best way to fight cold. Thanks for promoting Mexican food, :) After the mix in the blender, if you want to, you can add a dash of cinnamon, it's delicious too.