Mexican Soy Hot Chocolate-A Tasty Non-Dairy Treat For the Holidays
Mexican Hot Cocoa
Soy Hot Cocoa
Abuelita's Soy Hot Chocolate
If you are like me, the dairy industry here in the United States has put you off lately what with all the GMO's and bovine vaccines that they give to their cows. So naturally, I've turned to soy milk as an alternative. At first I was worried that all the things I used to enjoy with regular milk I wouldn't be able to enjoy with soy, but I found that that was not the case. Abuelita's Hot Chocolate, one of my favorites, can be made with soy milk, too! And if you've never tried authentic Mexican cocoa, you are in for a treat.
- You will need only a few items to get started: a saucepan, soy milk (I use Silk vanilla flavor for that added sweetness), and Abuelita's Chocolate Tablets.
- You can basically follow the instructions on Abuelita's Hot Chocolate box, with the modification of soy milk instead of skim milk or any other dairy product, but I will post them here, too. In the pot you add the soy milk (enough for however many cups of hot cocoa you want), and add enough tablets of cocoa as indicated on the box. You should break them up and add these to the soy milk right away because they need to soften and even on low heat it doesn't take that long for the milk to heat up. Stir over medium heat.
- After about five minutes you will see and feel that the tablets have broken up but might still be clumpy. Keep stirring. You should keep stirring until they are completely dissolved. Lower the heat if needed, so that your milk doesn't scald.
- Next you are ready to pour it into a nice warm mug. If you follow the box instructions you will see that it calls for you to add sugar to taste. That is fine if you have a sweet tooth, but I have found that the hot cocoa is perfectly sweet enough without any extra sugar. Also, try adding marshmallows instead of sugar. They are more fun, especially for the kids, and just a few will do.
And that is all there is to it! A nice hot cup of cocoa can be enjoyed without worrying about harmful dairy side effects, and you can experience a taste of Mexican culture, as well. Have fun!