Traditional Mexican Hot Chocolate

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Mexican Hot Chocolate is more than a tasty treat, it’s wrapped up in meaningful memories for me.

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Thanks to The National Hispanic Milk Life Campaign for making this recipe possible. As always my comments, opinions, recipes, and love for Mexican Hot Chocolate are my own.

When I was 5 years old, my family lived just three houses down from my abuelita. It was like a dream for me! I remember clearly waking up, putting my shoes on and running to her house every day. I always knew exactly where I could find her, too.

I can still see her in my mind’s eye, there in her kitchen, seated on a small stool next to the stove, eating one of her favorite breakfast combos, a glass of cold, whole milk and a concha, or two.

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She always greeted me with a smile and was always ready, molinillo in hand, to welcome me with a steaming cup of Mexican hot chocolate. I can still smell the cinnamon and chocolate in the air, divine!!

I treasure those memories!

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I guess that’s one of the reasons I love Mexican hot chocolate so much. It takes me back to those mornings with her. There is something very nurturing about serving a cup of hot chocolate. I think she felt it, and I feel it every time I serve it to my own family. Of course, with 8 grams of high-quality protein in every 8 ounces of milk, this Mexican hot chocolate is an easy, simple and delicious way to add protein to a morning meal. Just like my grandma did for me.

So in honor of my abuelita and yours, let’s have a cup of Mexican hot chocolate to celebrate this Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Here is the recipe. If you make it, be sure to snap a photo and share it on social media with #mamalatinatipsrecipes hashtag. I’d love to see it and share it as well.

Traditional Mexican Hot Chocolate

Makes 4 cups

  • 4 cups of whole milk (you can use low-fat milk as well. I just happen to prefer the whole version for this recipe)
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 tablets of Mexican chocolate (you can find it in the Hispanic foods aisle in your supermarket or at a Mexican supermarket)

You will also need:

One molinillo, this is a traditional wooden tool to make the chocolate frothy and good. If you don’t have one, you can use a whisk.

Pour milk into a large pot, add the cinnamon stick and the tablets of Mexican chocolate. Warm the milk over high heat, moving constantly with the molinillo until the tablets are completely dissolved. Don’t take your eyes off the milk because it will boil quickly. When the milk and chocolate start boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes. Let it cool down for 5 minutes.

Mix until the chocolate gets frothy, serve with your favorite pan dulce. Try conchas, orejas, roscas chinas, or churros, just to name a few.

Other Ways to Make Mexican Hot Chocolate

If you are in a hurry, say a guest arrives at your home and you need something yummy and fast, pour two cups of milk along with the chocolate tablets into a blender with 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Mix until well blended, pour into a pot, and warm it up over high heat, stir constantly, when the milk starts boiling, lower the temperature, let it simmer for 2 minutes and finally add the other two cups of cold milk. Serve.

Do you or your family prefer Mexican “hot” chocolate cold? Make Mexican Chocolate Frappé! Your kids are going to like it. Prepare the chocolate following the directions above. Then blend 1 cup of crushed ice per two cups of Mexican chocolate. Top with whipped cream. Serve.

If you think the frappé needs to be a little sweeter, here’s a tip from Chef Adrianne Calvo, she says “Honey is 1.5 times sweeter than table sugar, so you can add less honey and achieve the same level of sweetness.” Cool, right?

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For more delicious recipes and information visit Milk Life (in Spanish), and follow the #herencialeche on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Enjoy!

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Traditional Mexican Hot Chocolate
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Resting time
5 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 
Course: Cold Beverages & Aguas Frescas
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: how to make hot cocoa, how to make mexican hot chocolate
Servings: 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 4 cups of whole milk you can use low-fat milk as well. I just happen to prefer the whole version for this recipe
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 tablets of Mexican chocolate you can find it in the Hispanic foods aisle in your supermarket or at a Mexican supermarket
You will also need:
  • 1 molinillo this is a traditional wooden tool to make the chocolate frothy and good. If you don't have one, you can use a whisk.
Instructions
  1. Pour milk into a large pot, add the cinnamon stick and the tablets of Mexican chocolate. Warm the milk over high heat, moving constantly with the molinillo until the tablets are completely dissolved. Don't take your eyes off the milk because it will boil quickly. When the milk and chocolate start boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes. Let it cool down for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix until the chocolate gets frothy, serve with your favorite pan dulce. Try conchas, orejas, roscas chinas, or churros, just to name a few.

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