In Europe we’re mentally preparing for the cold, and dark winter days. The best drink that keeps me warm during these days is hot cocoa. My favourite version is chocolate abuelita or hot cocoa granny style from Mexico. It’s a creamy cocoa with as special ingredient cinnamon. I got really fond of it, as it adds a bit of more warmth to the chocolate. Chocolate abuelita certainly helped me to warm up during rainy season in Mexico City. This winter it has to work its magic in Europe.
If you can lay your hands on a tablet of Abuelita bring a saucepan of milk to a simmer, and add the tablet of chocolate. Give it a good whisk until the chocolate is dissolved and you have a nice foam on top. Once it’s all creamy, pour it into mugs and serve. Here in Europe it’s hard to find, but I know that in the Netherlands it’s sold online or in local shops that sell products from Latin America. Try a Google search to see what is available in your country.
Of course it is easy to make chocolate abuelita at home with the following ingredients (for 1 serving):
- 1 cup of milk
- 1/4 cup of chocolate chips (four tablespoons of drinking chocolate powder)
- one cinnamon sticks
- a teaspoon of sugar
- for a sweet version: vanilla drops or for a spicy flavor chili powder
I’m a real chocoholic so I prefer to use milk to get a creamy hot chocolate. Also I’ll be using chocolate chips instead of powder. That way you get small parts of chocolate throughout the cocoa. Yummy!
Add the milk to a small saucepan. Warm the milk over medium-low heat, then add a cup of chocolate chips. I love dark chocolate, but you can also use milk chocolate chips. Then add the sugar and the cinnamon sticks.
Stir it around, until the chocolate chips are melted. Bring it to a simmer for a few minutes before serving, but make sure it doesn’t get too hot. The trick is to heat the milk, not boil it. If it’s too much chocolate, add half or a cup more milk. And if you like it sweet, add some more sugar and even a little vanilla extract.
Once it’s all melted and smooth, pour the hot cocoa into mugs, and enjoy your hot chocolate abuelita 🙂
If you don’t get warm with a cup of hot cocoa you can finish it off with a splash of Tequila, Kahlua or, like I do, some Flor de Caña. That will get your feet warm this winter!