Colombian-Style Hot Chocolate (Chocolate Caliente)

by Erica Dinho on October 3, 2009

This post is also available in Spanish

Colombian Hot Chocolate

Chocolate Santafereño is popular all around Colombia, especially in Bogotá, the countries capital. Hot chocolate is a staple in almost every Colombian home. In my family, as good “paisas”, we drink this hot chocolate at breakfast with arepa and cheese and sometimes as a “merienda”, an evening snack with Colombian pastries or bread and cheese. If you would like to make Chocolate Santafereño as we do in Colombia,  you’ll need two  old-fashioned Colombian kitchen gadgets, which you can get at my store. 

A  “chocolatera” and a “bolinillo” (or molinillo).  Have fun!

Receta Chocolate Colombiano

PrintSave Recipe


(4 servings)

  • 4 ½ cups whole milk
  • 2 ½ tablespoons sugar or to your taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 ounces sweet chocolate, chopped
  • Colombian Hot Chocolate

Receta de chocolate caliente


  1. Heat the milk in a saucepan on medium heat to just below the simmering point, add the chocolate. When the chocolate is melted, add the sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Whisk vigorously or transfer to a blender. Reheat gently and serve immediately.
If you like this page, you can say thanks by sharing it :-)

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Diana October 3, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Erica, I love hot chocolate. Especiallly to dip churros into. What kind of chocolate do you use? A specific brand?


2 Erica October 3, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Hi Diana,
I use “Chocolate Luker” it is from Colombia, if I don’t have that one I use Goya.


3 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction October 3, 2009 at 8:53 PM

Yum… I love hot chocolate and the addition of cinnamon is so fabulous! I think I will have to whip some of this up this weekend!


4 rebecca subbiah October 3, 2009 at 9:02 PM

oh wow this looks divine, i want one now


5 Kim October 3, 2009 at 9:33 PM

This looks really delicious for those toasty cold evenings coming up. I love the cinnamon addition.


6 KennyT October 4, 2009 at 12:25 AM

Hi Erica, can I use cocoa powder + sugar instead? I wanna try this recipe and I have some cocoa powder but not sweet chocolate on hand. Thanks.


7 ruth October 4, 2009 at 3:05 AM

Yum! Chocolate and cinnamon! Looks so rich, Id love that for my breakfast right now!


8 Erica October 4, 2009 at 7:25 AM

Hi kenny,
Yes, you can use cocoa powder.


9 Sophie October 4, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Who doesn’t love a good hot chocolate? MMMMMMMM,…


10 Oysterculture October 4, 2009 at 9:20 AM

oh yum, cinnamon and chocolate is the perfect combo!


11 Enoch October 4, 2009 at 10:43 AM

I discovered this website yesterday and I am excited since I love Colombian people and their food. I learned how to make Colombian hot chocolate from a Colombian baker in NY and it is awesome! Looking forward to receiving more of your newsletters. BTW I already have the molinillo and the bars of LUKER. The best one is the sugar-free one so you can adjust the sweetnes.


12 Felisha October 4, 2009 at 12:01 PM

I just had hot chocolate and home made buñuelos for breakfast :-) Yummy!!


13 Erica October 4, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Thank you all for the comments!


14 Angie's Recipes October 4, 2009 at 1:57 PM

A nice heart-warming drink!

Angie’s Recipes


15 Diana October 4, 2009 at 9:35 PM

I’ll have to look for that at the Mexican store. By the way, I left you a tasty award on my blog ;)


16 Lynda October 4, 2009 at 10:10 PM

I could use a cup of this delicious hot chocolate right about now. Thanks for the recipe!


17 Daily Diner October 5, 2009 at 8:31 AM

wow that looks good.


18 Erica October 7, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Thank you all for visiting and leaving a comment!


19 Anna October 8, 2009 at 5:22 AM

I love hot chocolate specially with cinnamon, and loved the new site by the way.


20 gil December 2, 2009 at 8:04 PM

Cinnamon love, but the difference of adding a bit of nutmeg as well…. becomes ADORE… and very paisa!!!! pues!!!


21 Clara October 11, 2010 at 11:46 AM

do you like hot chocolat ? i like so much
this is just the best


22 sparky February 20, 2011 at 12:57 AM

You put the cheese into the cup of hot chocolate. I’m surprised this important detail was missed in the recipe. It’s the best part to spoon out the melting cheese as you enjoy sipping the hot chocolate.


23 Don March 7, 2011 at 8:32 AM

I believe that using a blender for the hot chocolate takes away from the home made process. Back in Colombia, we place the milk, chopeed chocolate and sugar in the chocolatera. Using the molinillo, we the chocolate was pressed and eventually desolved in the milk. I guess it just depends on which part of Colombia you are form. Coming from a humble (poor for those of you that think you are better than me) home, I guess that the true way to make chocolate, is with the cholatera and molinillo, not a blender


24 Erica March 8, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Don- Use the blender if you don’t have a chocolatera and molinillo . In the USA not everyone has one! Does not matter if you are rich or poor :)


25 Andrea December 15, 2011 at 9:10 PM

I was taught by my mother’s sewing circle that I have to let the milk boil up three times before it could be ready… makes for REALLY hot, hot chocolate. Mmmm, with a little queso campesino melted inside!


26 Erika September 17, 2014 at 4:51 AM

That is so funny! My Colombian husband says his grandmother boiled the chocolate 4 times! I have wondered if this was because the milk might not have been pasteurised back then. And as for the blender vs. molinillo, I find that the molinillo cannot produce the same amount of “espuma” as the blender. Also, I have knocked over the “olleta” too many times on the stove!


27 ruthy June 8, 2014 at 2:46 AM

Hey hun can I use some semi sweet chocolate chips it looks delicious but it is all I have at the moment?


28 Erica Dinho June 8, 2014 at 8:57 AM

I don’t know, but you can try it and let me know!


Leave a Comment

6 + 6 =


Previous post:

Next post: