Mexican hot chocolate & snow days

Snow days always seemed to mean one thing in my family’s home: Mexican hot chocolate.

mexican hot chocolate

After long, cold days of sledding, my mom would make a big batch of Mexican hot chocolate to go along with fresh cookies. Topped with whipped cream and cinnamon, the mugs of cocoa would help my sister and I to warm right back up.

When snow was in the forecast last week, I knew exactly what I needed to pick up from the grocery store, to go with my gallon of milk: the Abuelita chocolate tabs from Nestle. Located in the Hispanic section, the chocolate rounds are meant to be melted with milk for a creamy drink. Though they’re probably packed with sugar, the resulting drink isn’t as sweet as the instant packets that you mix with hot water. It seems like it may be more of a bittersweet mixture, but there was nothing on the package to really tell. In any case, a few more steps are required than just boiling water, but it’s certainly worth it.

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Last week’s snow was also pup’s first. I’m not always thrilled when Rachel barks at 6:30 in the morning, ready to play and start her day of dogging around. But Thursday, when I looked outside and saw the beauty of fluffy snow, not yet touched by humans, I was truly excited to go for an early walk–and to see what she’d think.

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Crazy pup absolutely LOVED it. Sprinting laps around the backyard, nose down, scooping up the snow in her mouth, this was like The Best Morning Ever for Rachel. A white muzzle proved just how much fun she was having. She leaped and jumped on our walk through downtown and the battlefield, never quite sure what the snow was, but totally thrilled to play in it.

Later that day (which I had already planned to take off before knowing the forecast!), I finally made my apple tart and pizza topped with onion confit for Tuesdays with Dorie. But all that baking on a snow day meant one thing: a break for Mexican hot chocolate.

Here’s how to make it: 

Roughly chop 1 tablet of Abuelita chocolate.

mexican hot chocolate

In a pot, heat 4 cups of milk. Mix in the chocolate for a few minutes. It probably won’t melt, so it’s best to mix it in a blender (cover the top with a dishcloth to let steam out) or with an immersion blender. I was thrilled to learn my roommate has the hand-held mixer, because it does make this simpler. Keep the end in the pot to avoid any splattering!

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Ladle into a mug, top with squirty whipped cream and cinnamon, and enjoy!

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