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RECIPE for the Perfect Cup of Hot Cocoa- Amarettogirl Style!

*Disclaimer - I am not a professional cook by any means, I am simply a creative and this is how I make one awesome gourmet cup of hot cocoa. I'm sure its not that different than other's recipes - but it's how I do it - enjoy!

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Nestles Abuelita Hot Cocoa Tabs


1. A blender

2. Nestle's Authentic Mexican Hot Cocoa Tablets (I know it kills this little indie girl that a major American Co. (not a Mexican one) is the parent Co., but trust me, after I tried it I was converted and it is perhaps easier to obtain then actual Mexican hot chocolate depending on where you live. But hey, if you can get your hands on some hard-core Mexican Chocolate without Nestle - by all means do so!Abuelita tablets are FANTASTIC and are intended to be melted down into milk in a blender.

3. Four cups of your fave kind of Milk, I use fat-free (can use all the help I can get in that area!)
Note- It's a good idea to have at least four people you would like to serve some of this gourmet hot cocoa to lined up (sharing is always better) unless you want a mega-cup of hot cocoa all to yourself!

4. Some Amaretto coffee flavoring syrup ( I get my bottle from Whole Foods Coffee concession)

5. A capful of good Vanilla Extract

6. Pinch of cinnamon

7. Pinch of nutmeg

8. Pinch of Allspice

9. Pinch of chili powder

10. A small dash of salt

11. Optional: a small (like a tablespoon) amount of your favorite DARK chocolate ground up

Ok so now heat up your milk in a saucepan (I do around two cups which is what the nestle box states at a time. Then place the first two cups of HOT milk in a blender and add ONE of the Nestle Abuelita tablets. Blend carefully on low speed - then add in two additional cups of hot milk on low speed. Add in the cap full of Vanilla Extract and all of the pinches and dashes to taste (instead of sugar, which is what the Nestle box suggest).
Then Voila- serve immediately.

The Nestle box has a good reminder that

hot liquids may expand when blended - do not overfill blender- cover blender lid with a towel when blending and blend on low speed
(though I was naughty and sped up the blending to make sure my tablet was completely liquified!)

Ok and as an added note- if you consider some magical, tantalizing thoughts while your concoction is blending it will be that much more phenomenal; who knows you may be able to influence love!So go off and enjoy an AWESOME cup of hot cocoa and create a loving memory.

-Ciao Amarettogirl

Reader Comments (5)

whoa this looks pretty awesome! Cant wait to give it a try =D

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOrph

I have some mexican hot chocolate. it's the best! i'll have to try this recipe. it sounds so good. for some reason it reminds me of alice and wonderland and the "drink me" signs, which i saw yesterday! so goood!

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterisabella

My friend Sadie Casamenti said,
'I completely agree with your thoughts regarding Abuelita. I first tried it at Amherst - I had asked a nearby Mexican restaurant how they make their hot chocolate, and apparently they use Abuelita! I haven't tried it like this though. I'll have to try your recipe out sometime when I'm back home.
On another note - I hope all is well! I'm in Argentina for the semester, but please keep in touch!'

March 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterAmarettogirl

mmmm hot chocolate. this recipe looks sinfully heavenly. i'll have to jot it down and try it out one day. i love the thought of adding chili powder to it as i do love things with a hint of spice. now i am not only in the mood for some of this hot chocolate but in the mood to see one of my fave movies' Chocolat'. Mmmmm Johnny Depp and some of the above concoction sound like a sinful heaven to me...heehee. ;D

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon <3

Sadly, we don't have "Abuelita" in Brazil.

That ring is my favorite one!!!

April 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLilian

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