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Champurrado Mexican Hot Chocolate

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mexican_hot_chocolate "It's like Christmas in my mouth!"

I had this at a friend's place a few weeks back and had to replicate it back home. My first attempt was a bit of a fail, but I totally nailed Round 2. The surprising ingredient here corn meal. It's meant to give the hot chocolate a bit of a thicker gritty texture but, if not proportioned correctly, can turn the whole batch into a gross crap-colored pile of wet bread (ie. Round 1).

Chocolate Ingredients:

  • 2 discs of Abuelita Mexican Chocolate
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 big cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cups milk (preferably evaporated milk, but whole is fine)
  • 3/4 cup Maseca (corn flour for tortillas)

Marshmallow Topping Ingredients: Taken from this recipe (thanks Pinterest!)

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 Cup ordinary white sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Abuelita is a (delicious!) mixture of chocolate and cinnamon. They don't carry the discs at every grocery store, but it's worth shopping around. Start by placing 2 discs in a large pot with 2 cups of water. Even though the discs have a cinnamon flavor built-in, throw an actual cinnamon stick into the pot... just to bump it up. Stir the mixture continuously over medium heat until the discs are fully dissolved and the chocolate just starts to boil. Then, add 1 cup of milk, lower the heat, and give it a stir.

While you are waiting for the mixture to re-heat, prepare the corn flour component. Gradually add water to the Maseca until it forms a paste. Take the mixture in your hands an roll it into a ball about 2" in diameter.

Once the pot starts to boil again, drop in the Maseca ball, add the second cup of milk and stir continuously until the mix starts to boil a third time.

Done! Now for the topping...

Place egg whites in a large heat-safe bowl. Place the bowl over smaller pot of steaming water. Dissolve sugar in the egg whites using a large whisk. Once the sugar is dissolved, beat with a hand mixer for one minute on Medium. Add the vanilla and continue beating on High until the consistency is thick like Marshmallow Fluff.  Give it a taste. You can add more vanilla if needed. Drop some onto the hot chocolate and you're set!