Happy New Year from Chocology!
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Along with the New Year celebrations, the weather inevitably turns cold and blistery in most of the country. On those cold dark nights, we like to sit by the fire with a warm kettle of hot chocolate and all the trimmings. On one such night, we got to thinking about the Mayans and how they consumed chocolate.
Have you ever wondered what chocolate tasted like to the Mayans? When we learned about the history of chocolate, we learned that the Mayans made a frothy drink that was believed to have magical and divine properties. It was consumed during wedding, birth and death ceremonies. The Mayans also knew that chocolate was good for their health and utilized its medicinal properties for multiple ailments.
Today we drink chocolate with lots of sugar and milk. But the Mayans didn’t have access to these ingredients. The brew that they concocted was bitter and spicy, quite a contrast from the chocolate drinks we have today.
Even in modern times, many of the cacao farmers have never tasted the sweet candies and treats that their crop is eventually made into. Most of them, however still enjoy the bitter drink of the Mayans.
So, would you like to taste something similar to what the Mayans drank in their culture? We’ve found a recipe that just might fit the bill. These days, we can simply go to the grocery store and buy ingredients to make the hot, frothy drink in about 20 minutes. The Mayans had to start from scratch, right from the cacao tree. While this isn’t your average sweet cup of hot chocolate, we think with an open mind, you just might enjoy it!
1 ½ Cups Water ¼ Cup Cocoa Powder
Green Chili Pepper, diced 2 tsp Vanilla
4 Cups Water
Bring 1 1/2 cup water to a boil in a pot; add the chili pepper, seeds included, to the boiling water and cook at a boil for about 10 minutes.
Strain the chili pepper and seeds from the water; return the water to the pot.
Add 4 cups water to the pepper water, reduce heat to low, and bring to a slow boil.
Whisk in the cocoa powder and vanilla extract; cook and stir until the powder dissolves completely, about 10 minutes. If you want the froth that is so famous in the Mayan drink, try pouring it from vessel to vessel several times. Alternatively, use a whisk to create the frothy consistency.
Drink it hot or try chilling it for a refreshing summer drink.
If you just can’t bring yourself to try the Mayan style of hot chocolate, you might want to try this more modern day recipe.
Rich Hot Chocolate
2 Cups Whole Milk
1 Cup Heavy Cream
½ Cup dark chocolate Chips
Whipped Cream or Marshmallows
Heat milk, cream and chocolate chips to a simmer. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Serve in thick mugs with generous toppings of whipped cream and/or marshmallows.
So, what did you think? Did you give Chocolatl a try? If so, we’d love to what you thought. Will you be replacing your sweet hot chocolate with Chocolatl at your next winter party? Or, did you try the Rich Hot Chocolate recipe? Either way, we’d love to hear what you preferred.
Let us know in the comments section or on Facebook.
Here’s wishing you and yours a prosperous New Year filled with fun, laughter and joy!
~ The Chocology Team