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Mexican hot chocolate is frothy, creamy and laced with a pleasant hint of spice. It is a comforting drink perfect for cold days and ideal for chocoholics looking for their daily fix of all things made with cacao.
So how do you make Mexican hot chocolate? Unlike the regular hot chocolate (which requires milk, sugar and chocolate or cocoa powder), Mexican hot chocolate calls for spices such as cinnamon and star anise.
Some Mexican hot chocolate recipes call for the addition of masa, a special type of corn flour used in the preparation of tortillas. But the real trick in making Mexican hot chocolate lies in the wrist because you'll need to whisk, whisk, whisk to obtain that iconic froth of this traditional Mexican beverage.
Naturally, every home cook has his or her own way to prepare Mexican hot chocolate but here are three recipes that yield good results:
Mexican Hot Chocolate for Beginners
The method of preparation is similar to that of American-style hot chocolate so this is a good recipe for beginners.
Mexican Hot Chocolate with Cayenne
Cayenne is another ingredient that often makes its way into Mexican hot chocolate. It warms your belly and your soul.
If you like things spicy then follow this recipe from Hilah Cooking.
These are the ingredients: 2 cups milk, 2 ounces bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Champurrado: The Ultimate Mexican Hot Chocolate
If authentic flavor is what you are looking for then this Mexican hot chocolate recipe is a must! It is laced with cinnamon and star anise and sweetened with piloncillo (traditional Mexican brown sugar).
Just watch and learn. Video from Tastemade.