If you go visit Spain you HAVE to try the Hot Chocolate or Chocolate a la taza. I mean, you really have to! There is no restaurant or bar that would not have it and it is one of the most delicious things I tried while on vacation in Spain this year for the holidays. You can order it any time of the day and it is the perfect treat on a cold day.
As I live in Minnesota, you can imagine that there really is a need for hot chocolate around here. Boy, it’s cold! Very cold! Lucky me, I got some chocolate from Spain, so I can declare myself happy for a while because I can whip a mug right now and share it with you. I know you want it, especially the ones who live like me, in the frozen tundra.
The texture of the Hot Chocolate in Spain is thicker compared with other hot chocolates out there, and they always serve it with churro pastries that you can dip in your chocolate mug. However, if you don’t have churros, doughnuts or any other favorite pastry would work great with it.To make it thicker, they add a pinch of cornstarch into it. It is served super hot and it is DELICIOUS!
So, as I was telling you earlier, my hot chocolate Spanish style is ready to be enjoyed. On the couch. Wrapped in a blanket. I don’t care anymore how cold it is outside! My hot chocolate will keep me warm, no matter what! What about you? Are you going to make some?
- For 2 cups of Hot Chocolate:
- 2 cups/500 ml whole milk
- 6 oz/175g dark or semi-sweet chocolate
- 1 tsp cornstarch or tapioca
- sugar to your taste
- a pinch of cinnamon
- a pinch of black pepper
- Dissolve the cornstarch into the milk.
- Add sugar to your taste.
- Chop chocolate.
- Transfer the milk to a pot and warm it up on medium heat, mixing continuously.
- Add the chocolate and let it melt.
- Optional: Add the cinnamon and the black pepper.
- Keep mixing. You should obtain a smooth thick mixture.
- Pour it into cups and serve hot.