Chocolate Caliente - Mexican Hot Chocolate

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"In Mexico, a good mug of hot chocolate has some delicious espuma, or froth, on the top. Traditionally, this is created with a molinillo. These are often very beautifully made and are as decorative as they are useful. The molinillo is inserted into the hot chocolate, either while the liquid is still in the pan or after it has already been poured into a cup. The cook then takes the handle of the utensil between her palms and makes the molinillo spin quickly back and forth in the liquid until the desired amount of froth is produced. It can take several minutes to create a lot of froth; patience and persistence are key. If you don't have an official molinillo, try the same technique with a wire whisk, or use a portable electric mixer or an immersion blender. If you prefer an authentic method even older than the molinillo, try pouring the drink back and forth between two bowls or pitchers until the espuma forms. In this can also use a blender."

Original recipe yields 3 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (383.4 g)
  • Calories 475.3
  • Total Fat - 25.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 10.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 35.9 mg
  • Sodium - 527.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 53.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.9 g
  • Sugars - 51.9 g
  • Protein - 12.5 g
  • Calcium - 395.5 mg
  • Iron - 1.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Gather all of the ingredients.

Step 2

Place the milk in a saucepan over medium heat.

Step 3

Once the first tiny bubbles begin to appear in the milk, add the wedges of chocolate and continue heating, stirring slowly but constantly, until the chocolate has melted. Do not let the milk boil; if it looks as if it is going to start boiling, take the pan off the heat for a few minutes, continue to stir, then turn the burner down somewhat and return the pan to the heat.

Step 4

Drink your hot chocolate as is, or place in a blender, half of the amount at a time, and carefully blend the mixture until the desired degree of frothiness has been reached.

Step 5

Pour your hot chocolate into rustic clay mugs for serving.

Tips & Variations

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