Sunday, January 1, 2017

Using a Molinillo for Our K'ekua Hot Chocolate #TrytheWorld


Four chocolate tablets from K'ekua were included in our Michelin-themed Try the World box (read my thoughts about Try the World: here). This chocolate from K'ekua is spiced with cinnamon and the cacao beans are hand-ground on a metate. And, as a business to love, K'ekua helps marginalized communities by giving jobs to indigenous people in the area.

I dug out our molinillo and let R make a batch. I didn't take a current photo, but he's been our molinillo-master since day one!


A molinillo is a traditional Mexican whisk that includes a wand part and one or two wooden rings that spin on that want. A molinillo is also used in Colombia and the Philippines, where it is also called a batirol or batidor. It i held between the palms of your hands and rotated by rubbing the palms together. The rotation creates a frothy chocolate drink.


Ingredients makes 4 servings

  • 4 to 6 ounces of chocolate (2 to 3 tablets, we prefer our chocolate thicker)
  • 2 C organic whole milk
  • whole cinnamon sticks for garnish, optional

Procedure
Roughly chop chocolate into large chunks and place them in the bottom of a saucepan. Pour milk over the chocolate. Gently warm the milk. As the chocolate melt, whisk the mixture with the molinillo. Serve hot. Garnish with cinnamon stick, if using.

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