Chocolate Caliente con Agua (Hot Chocolate with Water)

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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)



(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)


  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 says

    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!

      • Sharon says

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

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

  2. Sharon. says

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

  3. Roslyn says

    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

  4. Andrea says

    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?

  5. says

    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?

  6. Anonymous says

    Hi i love your blog, my husband is from Colombia, and we took a trip this past summer and fell in love with the hot chocolate and queso combo. however in the states is there any brand that compares so i can use it in my chocolate caliente? i see a lot of the mexican cheese at the stores, but not sure which one to use.

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