Classic Spanish Hot Chocolate Drink

This is so simple but astonishingly delicious. It is just chocolate and milk. The secret to making a creamy, rich, frothy chocolate drink is all in the technique. You just heat it, whisk it, heat it, whisk it etc until it's the thickness you want. And it can get VERY thick. In Spain, this is often breakfast, along with churros. Traditionally, a wooden hand mill called a molinillo was used to whisk it, but a wire whisk or hand held electic whisk works just as well.

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directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a heavy medium saucepan.
  • Stir over low heat until chocolate melts.
  • Increase heat and bring just to boil, stirring often.
  • Remove from heat and whisk until frothy.
  • Return to heat and bring just to boil again.
  • Remove from heat and whisk until frothy.
  • Repeat until it is nice and thick.
  • Pour hot chocolate into mugs.
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"This is so simple but astonishingly delicious. It is just chocolate and milk. The secret to making a creamy, rich, frothy chocolate drink is all in the technique. You just heat it, whisk it, heat it, whisk it etc until it's the thickness you want. And it can get VERY thick. In Spain, this is often breakfast, along with churros. Traditionally, a wooden hand mill called a molinillo was used to whisk it, but a wire whisk or hand held electic whisk works just as well."
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  1. Studentchef
    This is so good!!!!!!!!!! I used Gheridelli's semisweet chocolate, and added the coffeed powder, nutmeg and mandering orange rind. I'm very happy to add all those things because boy, did they ever add flavour!
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  2. herbs and spices
    It's a tradition in our country to have hot chocolate (tablets) during new year's eve, and I was plannning to make a very good one for my husband using the chocolates I had on hand. I blended semi-sweet, bittersweet chocolates and used unsweetened chocolate in lieu of the coffee, and my husband was very impressed! For those who really love to drink thick hot chocolate the classic/traditional way, the molinillo is something you should really try. In our country, this is called chocolate (pronounced cho-ko-la-te) de baterol.
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  3. Messy Chef
    I had been eyeing this recipe for a couple of weeks when, low and behold, I got a giant bar of bittersweet, Belgian chocolate for my anniversary (clearly a sign). I followed the recipe to a T, except no orange. This is a fantastic recipe, except I did find the nutmeg a little intrusive. Maybe I'd feel differently if I'd had a churro in the other hand. Next time I'll leave the nutmeg out all together or just add a dash. Espresso powder might be nice to try, as well, in place of the instant coffee. Also, I put some Asbach (German riesling brandy) in it just to experiment and that was mighty tasty. Now if only I had a cream whipper....
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  4. CiaoBella
    Delicious. I did leave out the orange rinds, and what resulted reminds me of the hot chocolate we'd drink at the summertime feasts in Spain when my brother and I were children. Now all I need are churros to go along with this decadent drink. Thank you so much for posting.
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  5. Bohemian on a sojou
    I am in full agreement with Jangomango and the other reviewers. I will find it difficult to ever have dry hot chocolate mix when this is so easy and beyond words delicious! Winter's chill brought me to the website searching for a satisfying hot chocolate. I followed the recipe and process EXCEPT that I didn't have orange/mandarin orange rind and substituted 1/8th teaspoon of tangerine oil and used 1c whole milk & 1c half & half. As a FYI the 4oz of semisweet chocolate chips were Tollhouse and I couldn't have been happier with the taste (wonder how Ghiradelli chips would taste?). Lastly, I used a hand held, battery operated frothing whisk each time I heated and then wisked. What a thick, unbelievable drink. In my husband's words it was INCREDIBLE. I'm also thinking what a great drink to serve him for an amorous evening ...
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