It’s safe to say that almost all of us have had a cup of hot cocoa at some point. When I was younger, that meant a package of hot chocolate mix stirred into water with some corn syrup laden marshmallows on top. While the kids and I enjoy regular hot chocolate, I wanted to switch things up and try some Mexican hot chocolate. There’s nothing quite like sipping on hot cocoa with some homemade marshmallows while we decorate for Christmas or snuggle up with a book!
What is Mexican Hot Chocolate?
In Mexico, hot chocolate is a common beverage at the breakfast table and special holidays like Christmas. Unlike the super sweet American version though, Mexican hot chocolate starts with authentic Mexican chocolate. It comes in a round tablet and because the cocoa beans are stone ground, has more of a rough texture. Some popular brands are Abuelita and Ibarra. I used Taza chocolate here though since they’re organic and fair trade (plus all the other good things).
Authentic Mexican hot chocolate uses the round tablets, but you can also use chocolate chips and/or unsweetened cocoa powder. The texture won’t be quite the same, but it’s still a delicious option. The chocolate discs I used have chili peppers in them, so be sure to add a hearty pinch of chili powder to your hot cocoa if you use regular chocolate chips.
The grittier texture of the Mexican chocolate sinks to the bottom of the hot chocolate some but this is normal. You can keep a spoon in your drink to stir as needed or use a cinnamon stick as a stirrer.
To Top it Off
While this drink is flavorful on its own, the kids and I like to add some of our favorite garnishes. Here are a few ideas:
Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe
This warming hot chocolate recipe is a delicious way to treat yourself.
- Chop two of the chocolate discs. If you don’t use some of the chili chocolate, then add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the milk for an authentic Mexican hot chocolate drink.
- Heat two cups milk in a medium saucepan on medium heat until very hot (but not simmering).
- Remove from heat and add the salt, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract.
- Whisk in the chocolate pieces and honey (if using) until the chocolate is melted.
- Return the hot chocolate to the stove over low heat and use a whisk to get the chocolate frothy.
- Remove from heat and serve with any desired garnishes.
Nutrition Facts Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
- Calories 383
- Fat 23g (35%)
- Cholesterol 32mg (11%)
- Sodium 117mg (5%)
- Potassium 627mg (18%)
- Carbohydrates 33g (11%)
- Protein 11g (22%)
- Vitamin A 436IU (9%)
If you don’t have Tazo chocolate discs then semi-sweet chocolate chips or a chopped dark chocolate bar will also work. You can add a pinch of chili powder and cayenne pepper to give it a Mexican hot chocolate flavor.
What are your favorite cozy winter beverages? Have you tried Mexican chocolate before? Leave a comment and let us know!