Friday, March 6, 2009

Bate, bate, chocolate

(Rhymes with latte, latte, cho co latte). Outside of the bedroom what's the best way to cut the chill of a cold evening? Cocktails don't really do it, spiced hot red wine never seems to have caught on on this continent. People debate the restorative qualities of green tea vs. black, et cetera, et cetera. (Fear not! Not on this blog!) I, however, prefer a blend of the old world with the new.

Mexican hot chocolate

Per serving you will need:

2 wedges Ibarra Mexican chocolate
3/4 cup of milk.

In a heavy sauce pan on low heat slowly melt the chocolate wedges. When it is a soft lump of sugary chocolate, add the milk. Heat until scalded. Don't worry if there are flecks or lumps of chocolate hanging around. When scalded, carefully pour the mixture into your blender. Hold tight to the lid; push frappe.

Pour into a mug of your choice. Garnish with a stick of cinnamon. Inhale its dreamy aromatics while you sip and savor fireside, if possible. Perfect with a serving of flan

How do you stay warm on a cold night?


  1. I've been on a hot chocolate kick too. Williams & Sonoma slashed the price (75% off) of their cans of chocolate shavings, so I ordered a couple. I beat the heck out of the scalded milk and choco. with a whisk. Sometimes I even slip in a shot of brandy.

  2. Sounds sublime! Thanks for the shopping tip--

  3. I adore any hot chocolate, but my favorite is thick, pudding-like Spanish hot chocolate. We buy the chocolate from La every christmas. Delicious.

  4. Margaret--that sounds marvelous!

  5. Don't ask??
    I won't tell. Just save me a little of the mole for me.

    I've been on a Hot Cocoa addiction recently 4 sum reason: McD's, Zelis and the best so far, EuroPane's

  6. CP-- Details to follow. I look forward to checking out Europane's hot cocoa--Also, I have to get to work on a future post about comfort foods--to go with those flicks--

  7. I'm going to try and make some for our bacon breakfast.