Saturday, January 12, 2013

Chocolate Abuelita

What is the very best hot chocolate? Well, Abuelita's chocolate of course! Literally...
This is the exact photo you will see on the box. Now they have boxes with packets and even individual packets for individual coffee cups... Anyhow when you take one of the (6) bars out of the octogon-like packed box. When you begin to make your hot chocolate you will want to decide about how much you want to make. In this case, I used 1 Whole bar. Recipe as follows:

You will need:
1 Abuelita Chocolate Bar
2- 21/2 Cups of Whole Milk 
(skim, 1%, 2%, soy, or even evaporated milk would be great)
1 Wooden Spoon
1 Whisk
2-21/2 Cups Boiling Water

Place your water in a pot to boil on Med to Med/High temp. Before you add any chocolate this is what your water should resemble.

When you open your bar of chocolate (choco-lat-eh) this is what you will see:

You will need a sharp knife for cutting. It is not pictured below but if you have a clean kitchen rag you will want to lay your chocolate bar on top and chop into small pieces as best as you can (this is not your usual chocolate).

I used whole milk in my drink but as I listed above you may use your choice of Milk. I wish I would have had some evaporated milk to use in mine giving it a smoother frothier taste.

When your water is good and boiling you can add your chocolate pieces and then lower the furnace to a low to med temp. This will allow your chocolate to melt in the water. You will NOT be adding your milk (leche in español) until the chocolate has completely dissolved as you can see in the process pictured below:

As it dissolves you will see it turn into a sauce like consistency like so:

When all your chocolate pieces are completely dissolved you can whisk in your milk while it is still on a low temperature.

You will see what is resembled in the picture above of the chocolate sauce mixed into the milk. It will look like chocolate milk for the first few minutes and as you whisk and stir it for approx. 5-10 min. You will witness the most beautiful thing happen. The creaminess of the chocolate begins to rise to the top as it has all had a moment to marry and have little wonderful chocolate love. This is time to drink and have nothing but happy thoughts :)

 You can serve nice and warm with a few sprinkles of cinnamon or a nice dab of whipped cream or over a glass of nice cold ice cubes for a nice Iced Chocolate dream. Endless possibilities! Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. NOTE: you may drink Chocolate Abuelita with water only...but this will give you a "tea like" texture to your hot chocolate. I do suggest adding a thickening agent
    like Milk, Soy, Almond or even Goats or any evaporated milk (even rice milk tastes great!). :)