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Mexican Hot Chocolate: Not Just Comfort Food

Updated on March 10, 2017
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It's A Tradition

I gaze into my cup of foamy dark chocolate and smell the spicy aroma of cinnamon mixed with nutmeg and vanilla. Then, I taste the creamy beverage, just a sip. Immediately, I feel a gentle warmth flow through my body and if you look close you can see my toes curl! There's nothing quite like a mug of Mexican Hot Chocolate to start your day or to cap it off royally.

When my older sister married she insisted upon toasting with Mexican Hot Chocolate (also called Champurrado) because it was a tradition our family followed. The guests were delighted with the idea and cups clinked all around in honor of the couple's wishes. As children, we would enjoy the beverage on New Year's day with other traditional foods like empanadas and bunelos. My mother served it to Sunday company as an after dinner drink in large mugs. And, on occasion, she would offer a cup when one of us was sick, needed a perk-up or just for fun. You see, Mexican Hot Chocolate is a specialty drink among Hispanics and the process from beginning to end takes a little time and some effort; therefore, when you indulge in the drink you know it has a special meaning.

Source Of The Real Flavor Of Mexican Hot Chocolate

A Little History and Trivia

  • Chocolate, which comes from the cocoa tree seed, played a special role in both Maya and Aztec royal and religious events. Preists presented cacao seeds as offerings to the gods and served chocolate drinks during sacred ceremonies.
  • All of the areas that were conquered by the Aztecs that grew cacao beans were ordered to pay them as a tax, or as the Aztecs called it, a "tribute".
  • The Europeans sweetened and fattened it by adding refined sugar and milk, two ingredients unknown to the Mexicans. By contrast, they never infused it into their general diet, but have compartmentalized its use to sweets and desserts.
  • In1528, Cort├Ęz presented the Spanish King, Charles V, with cocoa beans from the New World and the necessary tools for its preparation. Cortez later inspires a major breakthrough: He postulated that if this bitter beverage were blended with sugar, it could become quite a delicacy. The Spaniards mixed the beans with sugar, vanilla, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. The results were tantalizing, coveted, fashionable, and reserved for the Spanish nobility which created a demand for the fruits of his Spanish plantations.
  • Chocolate was a secret that Spain managed to keep from the rest of the world for almost 100 years. In the 19th century, Briton John Cadbury developed an emulsification process to make solid chocolate creating the modern chocolate bar
  • (Above Source: Wikipedia.org).

Natural chocolate is an antioxidant, may lower blood pressure, improve blood circulation and contribute to one's positive health such as a decrease in negative feelings. The flavenois and flavenoids in chocolate can exhibit benefits similar to fruits such as blueberries and prunes. A study through Dr Shock, MD, PHD shows that ninety-seven percent of women crave chocolate compared to sixty-eight percent of men (being a chocolate lover myself, I can see the truth of this statement!). There seems to be a higher percentage of pre-menopausal women who crave chocolate and the cravings decrease in post-menopausal women. The chart below depicts the statistics of women ages forty-five to eighty who crave chocolate. Notice the cravings of chocolate in general remain high, between eighty and ninety percent, across the graph. Yes, women need (crave) chocolate and I have heard doctors state that two ounces a day does a body good!



Source: Shockmd.com
Source: Shockmd.com

A Molinillo Is Fun To Use In Making Mexican Hot Chocolate!

A Favorite Family Recipe

There are several recipe versions of Mexican Hot Chocolate on the web, youtube, cooking shows, and probably every Mexican family you ask will have their own recipe. The most popular brands of chocolate used are Ibarra and Abuelita (Nestle) which include spices such as cinnamon in the ingredients. The product comes in wheels that must be broken or crushed before cooking. The picture below shows an example of the packaging and form. By the way, some grocery stores may carry these brands but you may have to make a trip to a Mexican grocery store or order it on the web. If this is not possible, any semisweet or bittersweet chocolate can be substituted.

The ingredients will also vary but generally include milk, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar. Depending upon the health content concern, I will vary my milk from whole, 2%, condensed, evaporated, or almond. My family prefers the rich, sweet evaporated milk over the other choices because it gives it a thicker texture. Some cooks choose to add a little chili to the mix for extra zing and top it with whipped cream and nuts. Although traditionally it is served without whipped cream because the beauty of the drink is seeing the froth on top.

And of course, you must use a whisk or hand-mixer (an old fashioned egg-beater works great) to create the foamy froth that gives it the traditional look! Below is a picture of a special wooden tool called a molinillo that Mexicans use to create the frothy finish of the drink. This tool is handy and if you have guests who like to participate they can use it to help out in the preparation. It is quite fun, you simply rub the handle between your hands quickly to whip the chocolate. Molinillos can be ordered on the internet or found in Mexican grocery stores.

Ingredients:

2 cups milk
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa or 1/2 tablet of Ibarra Chocolate
1/4 cup brown sugar 
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick (can break in half)
1 vanilla bean, split lenghwise
Pinch of ground red pepper, or mild chili pepper (optional)

Source: everydayfoodblog.marthastewart.com
Source: everydayfoodblog.marthastewart.com

Combine both milks, cocoa, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon stick in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean; add seeds and bean to milk. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until thoroughly heated and cocoa is melted, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat. Strain mixture into a bowl; discard solids. Using a whisk or molinillo beat the chocolate milk until a froth forms. Divide into mugs for serving. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Optional: Can serve with cinnamon sticks or bunuelos as stirs, top with whipped cream and nuts or marshmallows.


So the next time you crave chocolate and feel adventurous, try a cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate. It's not just comfort food. It's liquid health and pleasure in a mug!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I love this. Now I have to go make some. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Yes, I found our pantry lacking the chocolate ... Have to make a run for some! Thanks for the support!

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Wow - the way you described Mexican Hot Chocolate and the experience of drinking it is simply divine! Now, I find myself craving a steaming hot mug of the drink. Delicious and rated up!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Stephhicks68, glad you agree with the benefits of drinking it. Yes, I am craving it as well now... have to write a less caloric topic next time. :)

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      cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

      Nice hub, great information and great recipe. Thank you for sharing this here at Hubpages. Blessings to you and best regards.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This one of my favorite treats. Thank you for your words of support. Be blessed.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      This recipe sounds great! We have a chance of snow here in Tennessee tomorrow so I have a feeling it would be a good day to try this one out. Great job - voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks Alissaroberts for reading the hub. Yes, the cold weather seems to be an invite for it. Let me know if you try it and what you think. Enjoy! Have. Good weekend.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Teaches, this sounds like a dream...mm ...I think now is the time for it, I am going to try this without the chilly of course.. Thanks for sharing this... YUM!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by and the positive support.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Great rich drink that has some healthy benefits to it. Thanks for commenting and your support.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Teaches12345, this sounds delicious.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      If you love chocolate formosangirl, you will love the rich flavor of this drink. Thanks for stopping in. Please have a cup on me!

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      Lots of cocoa and brown sugar, yum! I have never made the Mexican Chocolate, but your recipe sounds delicious, warming.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      It does have a twist to it but it has a great mellow chocolate flavor. The froth on top is what I enjoy most because it reminds me of home. Thanks for stopping in and commenting. Have a great day!

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      alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

      yum! I love cinnamon and chocolate. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I have to admit I try to put cinnamon in just about everything. I start my morning with a cup of flavored coffee and a dash of cinnamon. Thanks for stopping in. I appreciate your comments and support.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Voted this up, I love hot chocolate, but always use the store brand. I am going to try this one now.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks, Michele, for the support and stopping in to comment. If you haven't had this chocolate recipe before it may be a bit spicy but it's flavor is very mellow and soothing. We traditionally serve it during winter hoidays and celebrations with pastries. Hope you enjoy it!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yum! I have to try this now. Voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Yes, habee, you will have to try it for yourself and see if you like it. The froth on top is important... just whip up the mixture right before serving. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love that most of the poll votes here say cravings are "daily". I love chocolate. I enjoyed reading that your sister toasted using hot chocolate. I do not drink so I like the creativity of using hot chocolate to celebrate. Cheers to a great hub here!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for your kind comments. Yes, why not try a non-alcoholic toast? I don't drink either and this is a good alternative.

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      justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

      Many thanks for the authentic information! Voted up and awesome! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks justmesuzanne for stopping in for a visit. Hope you get to male a cup soon. I'll bring the mugs!

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great information on the history of chocolate and the recipe! Nice article :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for your support, KatrinaDalMonte. I am glad you found it interesting.

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      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      This looks great! I wish I had one right now :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You and I are on the same page, Pinkchic18! I would love a cup right now cause it's a little chilly and this would just hit the spot. Thanks for the visit and for leaving a comment.

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      Susan Ream 5 years ago from Michigan

      This recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate sounds yummy. It's a cold night here in Michigan and a cup of this specialty Hot Cocoa would warm me to the toes.

      I have not heard of the Ibarra chocolate wheel .. but you can be sure I'm going to get me some. :)

      Thanks for an intriguing and interesting hub! Voted up and Awesome.

      Mekenzie

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      If you are craving chocolate this will not only hit the spot but give you a little treat. Thanks for the comment and vote!

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      susanm23b 5 years ago

      I love chocolate in all of its wonderful varieties :D! Your recipe looks delicious. Voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for the vote and I hope you do try it some time.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is the perfect rainy Northwest day for this recipe. Thank you! Now we are going to have hot chocolate and watch a movie. Great recipe for the late-winter blues!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I agree, Billybuc, this recipe goes well with movies and a chilly winter day. Sounds like a perfect day! Enjoy. Thanks for the comment and visit. Blessings!

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      ustad 5 years ago from Pakistan

      good explanation of chocolate history...

      your recipe is seems easier for me to make...i can't live without choclates as i read a survey that choclates that choclates reduces the chance of heart attack..... i love to eat hear-shaped choclates..

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow, the way this Mexican hot chocolate drink is described...wish I had a cup right now to sip and enjoy. Thanks for your recipe and the education. Voted useful and interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I love to eat heart-shaped chocolate truffles and can't seem to get enough of them. Ustad, chocolate has great benefits for health such as flavanoids and iron. Eating a couple of ounces of pure dark chocolate (75% cocoa) is really a good thing. Thanks for the visit and your supportive comments. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello Peggy. Glad you got some informative interest from this hub. It is one of my favorite treats on a cold winter's day. Thanks for the vote and visit.

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      myawn 5 years ago from Florida

      This hot chocolate sounds so yummy I will try Mexican hot chocolate . I have never drane and it before. Chocolate and cinnamon lovely!voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You would be surprised how much chocolate and cinnamon mingle to make such a spicy sweet flavor. Hope you enjoy it, Myawn. It was good to see you stop in for a visit. Thanks for the vote of support.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Next winter...or the next for sure cold snap Mexican hot chocolate will be on my list. Sounds really yummy!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am glad you stopped in, Rebecca, for a visit. Yes, let's have a mug during the first snowfall this year. I'll bring the marshmallows!

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      billips 5 years ago from Central Texas

      There is definitely something unique about Mexican hot chocolate - once you have tasted one, the usual version tastes pretty bland - thanks for the recipe - B.

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Boy, I am glad I haven't gone grocery shopping yet. All that stuff I am putting on my list. Yummy! Great hub, thanks!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I agree bilips, once you have tasted Mexican Hot Chocolate, regular cocoa tastes a little bland. The spices in this recipe add a little zest (and are healthy) and mellow flavor. So glad you stopped by to visit. Thanks for the supportive comment!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I hope you enjoy the recipe, Ruby. It will be a real treat at the end of your busy shopping day. I am glad you stopped in for look at the hub and appreciate your positive comment. Blessings!

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      You hit on my favorite weakness. I will have to try this recipe out.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Mljdgulley, I think chocolate is a woman's friend and also a weakness. Please, do try it if you get a chance, I think you might like the spicy flavor. Thanks for your visit and comment. Take care.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      What a great hub! I will definitely try this recipe. Your description at the beginning made me want chocolate. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Skarlet, it is a pleasure to see you here and I appreciate your leaving a comment. Yes, chocolate is irresistible, and more so when it is prepared in this way. Drink up and enjoy!

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      I thoroughly enjoy your hubs. Starbucks used to sell a drink that was pretty much a melted chocolate bar, "Chantico", I think I was the only one drinking it and it was discontinued:( I have to make my own chocolate drinks now. I look forward to trying this:)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      It would be nice if Starbucks brought Chantico back. I would order it often. Yes, I think it is one drink that you really cannot duplicate as well in a restaurant. Skarlet, Thanks for coming for a look and leaving a comment. Have a great day.

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      Oh, man. I've never tried this but I will now! It would be a wonderful Christmas treat, too. Thanks, Teaches!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Molly, it is a really good smooth chocolate taste due to the Ibarro spices. Thanks for stopping in. I appreciate your support. Take care.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Yummy! I love hot chocolate especially at night. It make me sleep so much better...lol

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You and I think alike, Cardisa. I good hot cup of chocolate at night just makes everything right. Thanks for your sweet visit and take care.

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      leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      This looks so rich and delicious! I am definitely going to try this next winter - the kids will absolutely love it! There is nothing better than a great cup of hot cocoa after sledding outside!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hi Leah! This is a rich chocolate drink and I have been craving a cup myself. I may have to indulge in one today. Hope you enjoy it this winter. Thanks for the visit and support.

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      Cassandra Goduti 5 years ago from Guilford, Connecticut

      Who can't live without chocolate. This sounds scrumptious.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Yes, Cassandra, I agree -- who doesn't like chocolate? Thanks for stopping in and for your support. You have a great evening. :)

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Great family tradition, history and recipe. I love hot chocolate. Voted up!

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      im crazy in love with chocolates :))

      love your hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, urmilashukla! Thanks for stopping in to read the hub and for your vote of support. We chocoholics have to stick together!

      Hi snowdrops! I am always happy to run into another chocolate lover. Thanks for your visit. BE well and safe out there.

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      Magdaleine 4 years ago

      I love chocolate .. and always drink the hot chocolate during winter

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Magdaleine, the good news is that winter is just around the corner and we can indulge once again in our chocolate drinks! Enjoy!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I would like to try this, look delicious. Voted up

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Great Hub. I was unaware of the many facts about chocolate until I read this Hub. Thank you for sharing this Hub.

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      CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      This sound incredible :) I'm going to have to try it for sure! Thanks :) Voted up and shared!

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      jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      This sounds so yummy- and just in time for those upcoming chilly fall and winter days. Voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Dwachira, thank you for your support, friend. I am thinking about making some this weekend.

      Jainismus, glad you found something new in the hub topic. Thanks for stopping by. Take care.

      CassyLu, Don't forget to have this with a cookie or two! Thanks for your votes and sharing. Enjoy your weekend.

      Jennzie, I am thinking about some this weekend with the cooler weather coming in here. Thanks for your supportive votes and visit. Have a cup yourself soon on me!

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      Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

      This sounds like an awesome recipe that will be perfect in a few months as our weather changes from the summer to the winter.....so I will be bookmarking this hub for future reference.....my little girls love chocolate.....so this sounds like something perfect for them....voted up and very useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love this chocolate drink with all the extra spice to it. I hope that you like the taste, Cogerson. It is especially good with marshmallows on top. Enjoy.

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      myawn 4 years ago from Florida

      I like to drink hot chocolate at night before bed it helps me sleep better and is delicious too!

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      myawn 4 years ago from Florida

      I like to drink hot chocolate at night before bed it helps me sleep better and is delicious too!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I think that is a great way to end a busy day, Myawn. That would really make you dream well! Thanks for stopping in here. Enjoy your day well.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! This is a delicious drink recipe, ideal for a chilly winter day! I am a fan of anything that involved chocolates in them! I have tasted hot chocolate before but not in Mexican style till I came upon this engaging hub of yours. I would like give it a try soon. An engaging hub filled with a drool-worthy photo, amazing trivia and history, numerous health-benefits & a detailed recipe!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up and pinned

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      i always crave for chocolate. i love chocolate so much :)

      your recipe is amazing..additional recipe to the chocolate-craving stomach :)

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, such an interesting hub. Never knew something like this before. All I knew was instant chocolate :)

      Voted up, awesome and sharing :)

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      Shampa Sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      I am extremely fond of chocolate. Nice to have a recipe to enjoy chocolate. Good one with the history section too.Sharing and pinning

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Iswary, glad you like this spicy chocolate. It now the time of year to enjoy it. Have a cup on me. Thanks for your visit here today!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      A cup of this will satisfy your chocolate lovers soul! Enjoy.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This is definitely a step above instant chocolate. It only takes a few minutes longer to make and the flavor is so good. Appreciate your visit, Livingsta.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Shampa, glad to meet another chocolate lover! Always good to see you on a hub. Enjoy this recipe soon .. You will like it.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Chocolates!!! wow looks so yummy. This is really good because winter is just around the corner.

      Thanks. :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ignugent, I can't wait to have my first cup to welcome winter. Thanks for visiting today.

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      Dianna, I just told Micah as he is sitting next to me on his Laptop.."We soooo have to make this!" We will too! We think this would take the winter chill out of our bones, no doubt!!! Love this! Thanks for sharing family memories and this recipe!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Audra, I love this chocolate during the winter. We are hoping to make some next cold spell that comes along -- if Florida has this type of weather! He, he, he. Enjoyed your comment and have a cup on me!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Whether it is winter or not,it is always good to drink hot chocolate.

      Thanks for including historical references with the recipe.

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      Tim Mitchell 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      An awesome article. First thing this morning a treat is offered - delight. The top left drawer of my workplace desk in the aid drawer. I say that as more than first aid stuff is there - Alieve, band-aids, glucose tabs, glucose meter, salt & pepper in shakers, cinnamon in a shaker, Vitamin D, Tea bags, & Stevia packets.

      Soon, since Sunday is a traditional day for the market, I will hunt down some K-cups discovering as per your recommendation Nestle as a source.

      I learned much of a tradition I really knew not. Seems, I should living at San Diego next to Mexico. On Monday I will be an office marvel chit and chatting of a new Discovery. Or, maybe like Spain I will keep it a secret for as long as I can, hmmmmmm

      tim

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Give me chocolates in any form and you'll be my bff....

      Very interesting and well-written hub. Thank you, Teaches :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Vinaya, I do love chocolate, but love this drink during the winter and summer months. You have it right on this thought!

      Tsmog, I love your routines for starting a morning right. Sounds like it would do the trick for me too! Thanks for your comment and hope that you find the right source ofor this recipe idea. Enjoy your day.

      Martie, I agree -- any one who loves chocolate is a BFF! Thanks, dear friend. Enjoy your week! Blessings!

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      I can live without a chocolate, but I do not want to :-) I wish I could be that Charlie who was at a chocolate factory :-) Shared!

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      Deepali 4 years ago from India

      chocolates are always fantastic...

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Pavlo,

      Neelu,

      We are all in agreement that chocolate is an essential in life! Can't live without it! Thanks for the visit and comment. Be well, safe and healthy.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I'm sure glad chocolate is healthy! When the weather turns a little cool, hot chocolate is the first thing I think about. This recipe is one I'll surely try.

      Voted UP and will share.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      I like chocolate, but it is first time I read about hot chocolate. Thanks for sharing the detailed information.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      This sounds delicious. The photo drew me in, and the recipe sounds amazing. I love hot chocolate. I drink it as a treat, especially when it is freezing outside. I will have to try this recipe. I like the addition of cinnamon and vanilla. Voted up.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Delicious! There is something very comforting about making cocoa, instead of using those pre-packaged packets. It feels more special. I had some homemade cocoa a couple of days after the blizzard here in Boston. Perfect beverage for a chilly day!

      Thanks for sharing the recipe, and your story.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Mmmm, those spices look great! Pinning to save this one =)

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Nice hub, teaches, enjoyed it very much. whonu

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      ExpectGreatThings 4 years ago from Illinois

      Congratulations! This is the first hub I've ever read that made me get off my rear and do something immediately. I didn't have a vanilla bean, so I just added a little vanilla extract. I'm not sure if that renders it inauthentic. But it turned out delicious!!! Thank you for posting this. I'm pinning so I'll have it for my next craving :) And if you decide to add the ratings capsule, I'll be the first to give it 5 stars! Ginger

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      Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

      A warm cup of hot chocolate after a long day is soooo comforting, but I never knew there was life outside of Swiss Miss! This recipe is pretty cool. I'm gonna try it out : )

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      I always knew there were more in chocolate that I suspected! Thankfully, it's not only me that i can't live without it! Very interesting hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Elias, Ryem, Expect, Whonu, Natasha, Kathryn, Donnah, Jainismus, Mary:

      Thank you so much for the feedback on the article and the comments. I see I have great company on the enjoyment of this recipe. There is nothing comparable to a hot cup of this chocolate on a winter day. Enjoy!

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      I'm ready for a cup right now! Sounds delicous. You did a very thorough job with this hub. Voting up and sharing.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Champurrado! I love Champurrado! You just made me crave for it now...as in now!

      Yum for this hub! Pining and sharing! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I love chocolate in any way, shape or form so I'm sure I'd enjoy Mexican Hot Chocolate along with homemade twinkies! :)

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      Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

      Great hub and recipe! I will certainly give it a try soon!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Crystal,

      CrisSp,

      Linda,

      Mike,

      Let's all have a cup today! This is absolutely the best cup of chocolate I have ever had, but I will each basic choc0late any day. Thanks for stopping by here today.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This sounds really interesting with those spices. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Thank you Rajan for your feedback. It does make a really good cup of hot chocolate.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      What a nice wedding toast your sister chose. Voted up and shared.

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      Haydee Anderson 2 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      So many flavors I love all packed into a steamy hot cup of Mexican coco! Wow, what a treat!! I am looking forward to trying this and soon!! ; )

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Sounds delicious. Pinned to my 'Drinks' board.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Oligsinquito, it was the best toast I've ever had at a wedding! I love chocolate any day. I enjoyed your presence here today. Have a wonderful evening, dear friend.

      Midnightbliss, Your words make me want to make this today. Take care.

      Au Fait, Glad you like the idea of this yummy drink. Be well and safe.

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      Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina

      The last couple of days have been really chilly and this would have been a welcome treat to warm up with! Look forward to trying, Thanks for sharing!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Pepper and chocolate seem an odd and intriguing mix. I should try it some time.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      A super post all round! Thanks for the interesting history info. You've made me want to further explore all of it. And the Mexican Hot Chocolate--oh me. The way you've written this makes me want to use all of the authentic ingredients and tools. As I cannot have cow's milk I'll have to do a little experimenting with goat's milk and I'm glad we are having some cold days to inspire me not to wait! :)

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I have never try this exotic chocolate, i would love to try it, voted up

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      It's a miracle drug! Great to hear of this natural curative. And imagine, it's just in time for Valentine's Day! Thank you. ^+

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I never knew so much about chocolate. It's all so wonderful to read. Knowing how good it is for the body, I've got to go have some chocolate now.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      This sounds a wonderful and healthy treat. I have to buy the ingredients for this drink. Yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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