Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe

For an authentic Mexican hot chocolate recipe, a special stirring utensil called “El molinillo” is used to froth the milk. Similar to a whisk in function, the molinillo is hollow and made of “turned wood”.

The molinillo is placed between the palms of the hands, which are rubbed back and forth rotating the molinillo, so it moves in a blending action until the chocolate becomes frothy. Children say the following rhyme, while using the molinillo to stir the hot chocolate. The rhyme uses the Spanish verb batir which means to whip or stir.



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Bate Chocolate Rhyme

  • Bate, bate, chocolate - ( Stir, stir, chocolate)
  • Bate, bate, chocolate - (Stir, stir, chocolate)
  • Uno, dos, tres, CHO - (One, two, three CHO)
  • Uno, dos, tres, CO - (One, two, three CO)
  • Uno, dos, tres, LA - (One, two, three LA)
  • Uno, dos, tres, TE - (One, two, three TE)
  • The rhyme is repeated faster and faster and the palms are moved faster and faster… and the hot chocolate gets frothy and whipped. Click Here for Audio Lesson including Morning Routine and Bate Chocolate Vocabulary



    Easy Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe

  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 ounces Mexican sweetened chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch chili powder (optional)
  • Heat milk and combine all ingredients. Stir constantly until chocolate melts.



    More Authentic Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe

  • 2.5 cups milk
  • 3 ounces Mexican unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 tsp panocha (see below)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Mexican vanilla
  • Panocha is pure cane sugar, which is available in blocks. Use a Mexican mortar and pestle (Molcajete Y Tejolote) to grind the panocha into a fine powder. Remove from molcajete and place the Mexican chocolate in the molcajete and grind into powder.

    Heat the milk and add in all the ingredients.

    For children, make sure it is not too hot and place in a bowl. Let children use the molinillo and say the Bate Chocolate rhyme.



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    A Bit of Chocolate History

    Cocoa or cacao dates back to the Mayans, who harvested it from cacao tree. It became so important in Aztec culture that the beans were used as currency. It was first consumed as a strong cold drink and flavored with a variety of ingredients. The Aztecs also used the drink in religious ceremonies.

    The cacao drink was often served at royal banquets and was a favorite of Moctezuma. Moctezuma served it to the Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortés, who brought quantities of cocoa beans back to Spain.

    The Spaniards introduced the drink to Europe and it became the first caffeinated stimulant drink – before the introduction of coffee or tea. The Europeans served it warm, adding sugar and milk.



    Spanish Vocabulary List

    Chocolate El chocolate
    Milk La leche
    Cinnamon La canela
    Sugar El azúcar
    To stir or beat Batir
    Molinillo El molinillo
    Tee Shirt La camiseta
    Pants Los pantalones
    Shoes Los zapatos
    I am hungry. Tengo hambre.
    I am thirsty. Tengo sed.
    I want breakfast. Quiero el desayuno.
    Hot chocolate El chocolate caliente.
    One Uno
    Two Dos
    Three Tres
    I drink hot chocolate. Yo bebo el chocolate caliente.



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