As Christmas peeks around the corner, we find ourselves lost amidst an ever growing pile of wrapping presents, writing last minute cards, baking, and cooking. Let us take the time this year to truly enjoy the warmth of this season and in what better than to melt away the stress with a cup (or five) of our Taza de Chocolate. With warm spiced notes and rich flavoring from Taza Brand’s Oaxacan stone milled chocolate, every cup is a refreshing take on the classic. So grab a mug, cozy up, and enjoy the words your writing and the thought behind your gifting.
TAZA DE CHOCOLATE
1 2.7 oz package Taza Chocolate Mexicano
2 cups milk, dairy or non-dairy
1 chile de arbol, whole not broken
pinch of salt
Roughly chop the chocolate and set aside. Heat two cups of milk with the chile and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat to just below a simmer. Remove the milk from the heat and slowly mix in the chocolate, stirring consistently until dissolved. Once the chocolate has dissolved remove the chile and return the mixture to the stove over low heat. While the chocolate is warming, use a whisk in a rapid motion to froth the chocolate. When the chocolate is frothy, remove from heat and serve. You can add your favorite marshmallows or whipped cream to top it, even our personal favorite coconut whipped cream!
While working with the chile, be mindful to check that the pod has not broken releasing the seeds and creating a very spicy drink versus a spiced one. You can also remove the chile entirely and just add a dash of cayenne pepper to taste.