Today we’re making Spanish hot chocolate, a delicious warm drink that is perfect for the colder Winter months. It’s made with a few pantry staples, and makes an excellent treat to share with family and friends.

a cup of Spanish hot chocolate

If you’re a fan of Puerto Rican recipes, you know how strong the Spanish influence is on the cuisine.

As a result, the cultures have a great deal of overlap in ingredients, flavors, and inspiration.

This is abundantly clear in recipes like Pan de Mallorca and Flan, which both pair deliciously with this Spanish Hot Chocolate.

ingredients to make spanish hot chocolate

Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make Spanish hot chocolate:

  • milk
  • cornstarch
  • semi sweet or dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces

Optional Add Ins

  • For a sweeter hot chocolate: add 2 tsp white granulated sugar
  • For a spicy hot chocolate: add 1 tsp cinnamon and ½ tsp cayenne

See recipe card for quantities.

Instructions

cornstarch with milk

Prep the cornstarch. Add a few tablespoons of the cold milk to a small bowl with the cornstarch and whisk until it has a smooth consistency with no clumps.

a pot of milk being heated

Heat the milk. Add the rest of the milk to a saucepan over medium low heat until it begins to lightly simmer. Whisk in the cornstarch mixture for a minute before removing the milk from the heat completely.

a pot of Spanish hot chocolate

Mix in the chocolate. At this point you can whisk in any optional add ins (see ingredient list above). Keep whisking until the chocolate melts completely into the milk. Return the pot to the stovetop over low heat and continue whisking until it begins to thicken slightly.

a cup of Spanish hot chocolate

Serve! Enjoy while hot.

Equipment

A good quality, heat resistant whisk is essential for keeping the chocolate and milk smooth and creamy.

Storage

This drink is best enjoyed hot directly off the stove!

a cup of Spanish hot chocolate

Top tip

If you enjoy this Spanish Hot Chocolate, be sure to try Puerto Rican Café con Leche, another classic drink.

Buen provecho,

Salima written in cursive
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a cup of Spanish hot chocolate

Spanish Hot Chocolate

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: drinks, beverages
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Spanish
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Spanish hot chocolate is a delicious drink that’s perfect for the colder Winter months. Made with a few pantry staples, it makes an excellent treat to share with family and friends. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 5 oz (about 3/4 cups) semi sweet or dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces


Instructions

  1. Prep the cornstarch. Add a few tablespoons of the cold milk to a small bowl with the cornstarch and whisk until it has a smooth consistency with no clumps.
  2. Heat the milk. Add the rest of the milk to a saucepan over medium low heat until it begins to lightly simmer. Whisk in the cornstarch mixture for a minute before removing the milk from the heat completely.
  3. Mix in the chocolate. At this point you can whisk in any optional add ins too. Keep whisking until the chocolate melts completely into the milk. Return the pot to the stovetop over low heat and continue whisking until it begins to thicken slightly.
  4. Serve! Enjoy while hot.

Notes

Optional Add Ins

  • For a sweeter hot chocolate: add 2 tsp white granulated sugar
  • For a spicy hot chocolate: add 1 tsp cinnamon and ½ tsp cayenne