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    Atol De Elote (Sweet Corn and Milk Drink)

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    38 mins

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    18 mins

    PanNan's Note:

    This is a classic Central American beverage. It is sweet and silky smooth. The recipe was posted in Saveur magazine and is based on a recipe from Maria Franco, a Salvadoran cook in Los Angeles. It is Mayan in origin, and is for many Central Americans part of a morning and midday ritual. It's believed to be as curative as chicken soup is to many other cultures.

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    1. 1
      Use a sharp knife to remove the kernels from the corn and place them in a blender.
    2. 2
      Add 1/2 cup milk and puree until completely smooth (2 - 3 minutes).
    3. 3
      Transfer the mixture to a medium pot, add the rest of the milk, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and salt. Stir.
    4. 4
      Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly. Then reduce heat to medium low and simmer, still constantly stirring, until the mixture is slightly thickened (about 15 minutes).
    5. 5
      Serve hot.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 23, 2012

      I remember my grandmother cooking for hours making this delicious comfort food. I made followed the instructions a and enjoy the taste of the drink, but it had lots of "pulp". I remember my grandma straining this drink to keep it more smooth. It did take care of my craving.

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    • on July 01, 2008


      A hot, filling drink for a cold night. It wasn't clear from the ingredients what form of corn was intended (raw, cooked, roasted, dried). I used boiled sweet corn. I cut the sugar in half, and it was still VERY sweet. We refrigerated what we didn't drink hot, and ate it as a breakfast pudding the next day.

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    • on June 25, 2008


      This is certainly a different kind of drink for me, at least, but it's also GREAT TASTING! This is the kind of recipe that makes the tour so interesting & enjoyable! I especially liked the cinnamon flavoring in this! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! [Made & reviewed while touring South & Central America on the Zaar World Tour 4]

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    Nutritional Facts for Atol De Elote (Sweet Corn and Milk Drink)

    Serving Size: 1 (381 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 452.2
    Calories from Fat 80
    Total Fat 8.9 g
    Saturated Fat 4.4 g
    Cholesterol 25.6 mg
    Sodium 127.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 89.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.5 g
    Sugars 56.6 g
    Protein 11.0 g

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