The daytime temperature in Puerto Rico during the year remains above 80 degrees. However, during the winter months in Puerto Rico, the evenings temperatures are much cooler. My aunt, Paulita, would frequently prepare hot chocolate to keep us warm. She would serve hot chocolate with pieces of Edam cheese inside each cup. After drinking half the cup of hot chocolate, we would scoop up the melted cheese with a spoon. What a treat!
Let’s Discuss the Sweet Chocolate Bars!
There are two major brands of sweet chocolate bars: Cortés and Goya. The Chocolate Cortés is a very popular brand in Puerto Rico since 1929. They are considered the biggest chocolate producer in the Caribbean. Today you can purchase the chocolate bars or the ground chocolate. I prefer to prepare my hot chocolate the old fashion way with the chocolate bars and I purchase both brands!
Let’s Start Preparing the Hot Chocolate!
Place 2 full bars of sweet chocolate in a saucepan to yield two cups of Hot Chocolate.
If you just want one cup of Hot Chocolate, place only 1 full bar of sweet chocolate in the saucepan.
Add a small amount of water approximately 1 to 2 teaspoons.
Stir with a spoon until the sweet chocolate bars are fully melted over low heat.
We do not melt the sweet chocolate bars in a double boiler. We prefer the traditional method of melting the sweet chocolate by adding water to the saucepan.
When the melted chocolate has a smooth consistency, the next step is to pour the milk.
Since we added 2 sweet chocolate bars, pour two cups of milk.
I use skim milk but you use the milk of your preference.
Stir until the milk and the melted chocolate are well blended over low heat.
Bring to a boil.
Once the hot chocolate starts creating a frothy layer on top, the hot chocolate is ready to be served.
We Need to Add Cheese to Our Hot Chocolate!
Cut Edam Cheese into small pieces (cubes).
In Puerto Rico, we use Edam Cheese, which is a Dutch Cheese, for many recipes (shredded or cut into cubes). It is the second most important cheese in the Netherlands. Edam cheese is semi-hard, with a fat content of 40 percent. It has a sweet, mellow nutty flavor. The exported version is shaped into a ball and covered in a red wax casing.
Place the small pieces of cheese inside a cup.
Pour hot chocolate into the cup.
Enjoy a creamy and frothy hot chocolate bursting with rich chocolate flavors!
After drinking half the cup of hot chocolate, scoop up the melted cheese with a spoon for an extra cheesy delight!
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Recipe and Nutritional Facts!
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Enjoy a cup of traditional hot chocolate made with melted chocolate bars for a frothy texture and a rich chocolate flavor that will definitely satisfy anyone’s chocolate gravings.
- 2 bars sweet chocolate (1 ounce each)
- 1 teaspoon water
- 2 cups skim milk or milk of your preference
- 2 ounces of Edam cheese, cut into small pieces
- Add sweet chocolate bars in a saucepan.
- Pour water and stir until sweet chocolate bars are fully melted over low heat.
- Add milk and stir until milk and sweet chocolate are well blended.
- Bring to a boil.
- Once the hot chocolate starts creating a frothy layer on top, the hot chocolate is ready to be served.
- Place small pieces of cheese inside 2 cups and pour hot chocolate into the cups.
I purchase the Goya and Cortés Sweet Chocolate Bars.
After drinking half the cup of hot chocolate, scoop up the melted cheese with a spoon.
- Category: Beverage
- Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Keywords: Hot Chocolate