Mexican Hot Chocolate

The origin of Mexican hot chocolate can be traced back to the Aztecs and Mayans, dating as far back as 1900 B.C.E. Mexican Hot Chocolate, Ixtapa Mexican Cantina, MassachusettsPriests would offer cocoa beans to the gods and serve chocolate drinks during religious ceremonies. Eventually, a drink was devised which would later be known as traditional Mexican hot chocolate. The drink was made by grinding cocoa beans with chilies, vanilla pods, anise, and cinnamon. The end result is rather thick and bitter with intense flavor.

Depending on the region of Mexico, the recipe is subject to subtle changes and additional ingredients such as cardamom, unrefined brown sugar, or even corn masa to thicken the concoction. Many countries outside of Mexico create their own rendition of the drink, in which they add sugar to the mix and use milk for additional sweetness rather than water.

For those who aren’t accustomed to the idea of mixing chocolate and chillies, many initially view the drink as a contradiction of flavors. For one to truly appreciate the concoction, they must indulge for themselves. The spicy chillies, sweet sugar and bitter chocolate blend themselves together in a manner which creates a unique yet balanced flavor. The ingredients used in traditional Mexican hot chocolate have been utilized when making this drink for thousands of years. Many groups of people used this “sacred beverage” when conducting rituals and traditional festivities, but until one tries for themselves, the drink will always remain a mystery. So the next time you’re in the mood for a warm chocolate beverage, be sure to give this ancient tradition a try.

Here at Ixtapa Mexican Grill and Cantina, we create an experience by serving Mexican food to our guests in an atmosphere which reflects the true culture of Mexico. Come join us at one of our many locations in Massachusetts and experience it for yourself.

Will you consider making this drink for yourself at home?