Chocolate Caliente con Agua (Hot Chocolate with Water)

by Erica Dinho on October 24, 2013

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Chocolate Caliente con Agua (Hot Chocolate with Water)

If you’ve ever had breakfast in a Colombian home, chances are you’ve had a cup of chocolate caliente. To make traditional Colombian hot chocolate, the chocolate is broken in pieces and melted in hot milk or water in a chocolatera (aluminum pitcher), then beaten with a molinillo or bolinillo (wooden beater).

Chocolate Caliente con Agua (Hot Chocolate with Water)

We have different variations of hot chocolate in Colombia such as, Chocolate Santafereño (Hot Chocoate with Milk), Chocolate con Leche de Coco (Hot Chocolate with Coconut Milk) and Chocolate con Agua (Hot Chocolate with Water).

Chocolate Caliente con Agua (Hot Chocolate with Water)

I remember having Chocolate Caliente con Agua on weekends at my grandmother’s house. She made this thick, rich and dark drink to help me warm up in the morning and if the chocolate was too hot, she would pour it back and forth between two cups to cool it off for me.

Chocolate Caliente con Agua (Hot Chocolate with Water)

BTW, we Colombians love to dunk white cheese in our hot chocolate, it is absolutely delicious!

Buen provecho!

Chocolate Caliente con Agua (Hot Chocolate with Water)

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Ingredients

(4 servings)

  • 4 oz Colombian chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or to your taste
  • 4 cups of water

Chocolate Caliente con Agua (Hot Chocolate with Water)

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a medium pot or chocolatera.
  2. Heat over medium heat until simmering, stirring frequently until melted.
  3. Remove from heat and serve hot.
  4. Chocolate Caliente con Agua (Hot Chocolate with Water)

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1 AnnaMaria October 24, 2013 at 8:21 PM

I will never forget when my best friend, a gringa, came and had her first Colombian breakfast at our house in 4th grade. The look on her face when my father dropped a piece of cheese in her “hot chocolate” was one that I still laugh about 25 years later! Another simple, authentic, and delicious recipe, which conjures up a wonderful memory, muchas gracias Erica!

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2 Sharon. October 24, 2013 at 9:45 PM

I love your blog it’s beautiful.met you at Gina’s party.

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3 Erica Dinho October 25, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Hi Sharon,
It was very nice to meet you….I can’t wait to read your blog!

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4 Sharon October 28, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Thanks Erica,I just moved my blog to a new website sorry,here is the link
everydayindiancook.blogspot.com

Your blog is amazing.I love all your beautiful pictures!

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5 Sharon. October 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM

I just started a blog on Indian food,do stop by.
comfortcurry.blogspot.com/
Thanks :)!
Look forward to trying some of your recipes.

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6 Belinda @zomppa October 24, 2013 at 11:51 PM

That white cheese with chocolate…oh my. Now I am fantasizing this for breakfast!

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7 Angie@Angie's Recipes October 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM

I would love one too! White cheese with chocolate…a heavenly combo!

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8 Roslyn October 25, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Hi Erica, Love your receipe, must try this Hot Chocolate Drink, mmm don’t know about the cheese jejeje im from Australia, I will try though

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9 Joanne October 26, 2013 at 9:10 AM

This is the best kind of hot chocolate!

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10 Andrea October 29, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Now that it’s getting cold I’m loving the Colombian hot chocolate! We’ve always called it Cacoa. I was wondering where you bought your chocolate? We have such a hard time finding it here in Northern California. Do you know of a place that sells it online?

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11 Erica Dinho October 29, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Andrea, Amazon.com or Hatogrande.com

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12 Alicia November 9, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Beautiful pictures. I just had my first hot chocolate with cheese at a Colombian bakery. Looking forward to having it in Bogota soon. What kind of cheese do you use?

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