How to Make Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican chocolate is quite distinctive as it is prepared with different spices, which make the chocolate very rich in flavor. Mexico is one of the top cocoa-growing regions in the world and chocolate bars and cocoa powder are some of their top products for the domestic and export markets. It is traditional in Mexico to drink chocolate as a hot beverage, and the method of preparation makes for a rich, thick and foamy cup of chocolate. Below are the steps on how to make Mexican hot chocolate.

For this recipe you will need the following:
•    One-fourth cup each of unsweetened cocoa and granulated sugar
•    Three-fourths teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and vanilla extract
•    Four cups of milk, divided into one cup and three cups
•    One half-cup of cream
•    Dash of salt

Combine all the dry ingredients in a small bowl while you heat one cup of milk in a saucepan. Add the cocoa powder into the bubbling milk while whisking until the mixture is smooth. Allow the mixture to boil under low heat while stirring constantly. Cocoa tends to sit in the bottom of the container and may burn. Add the other three cups of milk into the saucepan and allow the liquid to boil. Use a whisk until the mixture turns frothy and stir in the cream and vanilla as well as the salt. Allow the mixture to be heated before serving the hot chocolate.

This is just one of the many recipes on how to make Mexican hot chocolate. There are many more variations, using different spices to suit your personal taste.

If you are looking for more ideas on how to make Mexican hot chocolate look for several recipes online. Some recipes include the addition of chili to make the chocolate spicier. Some add vanilla beans instead of vanilla extract for richer flavor and aroma. Some will add eggs to make the chocolate thicker. The one thing you should not forget is that the hot chocolate should be frothy to carry on the Mexican tradition.


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