Making Chocolate Mexicano in Mexico

In Mexico, hot chocolate is poured into a large pottery jug and whipped with a wooden beater called a molinillo (moh-lee-NEE-yoh).

Chocolate Mexicano

Make delicious Chocolate Mexicano, or Mexican hot chocolate, for a breakfast treat.

What You'll Need:

Two 3-ounce squares of Mexican chocolate (or 6 ounces of sweet baker's chocolate)

6 cups milk

1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon (if using baker's chocolate)

Saucepan

Eggbeater

Mixing bowl

Wooden spoon

Cups

Measuring spoons

Cinnamon sticks for garnish

Cayenne pepper (optional)

Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and cook over low heat. Let an adult in on your secret breakfast treat so they can help you adjust the stove temperature. Stir the mixture constantly so it doesn't burn.

When all the chocolate has melted and the mixture is blended, carefully pour the liquid into a large mixing bowl. Using an eggbeater or electric mixer, whip until frothy. (You could also pour the liquid into a blender and whip it that way.)

When the hot chocolate is ready, pour it into mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick. A pinch of cayenne pepper can be added for some real south of the border heat! This recipe serves 4 people.

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