Let’s have a Colombian hot chocolate end-of-year party!

You are all cordially invited to a hot chocolate party – Colombian Style. Yes, yes, I still love coffee. But as much as we Colombians love coffee, we also have other hot beverages we love. Aguapanela and hot chocolate, for example.

But! let’s celebrate. What are we celebrating? That we made it through yet another year, I suppose. But mainly, that we are friends, even if virtual ones.

So I’m making a big pot of delicious hot chocolate Colombian style for all of you to enjoy. And we’ll be having it with fresh double cream  Colombian cheese. It melts in the hot chocolate and create a chewy yumminess in your mouth.


We start with real Colombian chocolate:


This one already comes with a hint of cloves and cinnamon. But in Colombia, you can buy it without, and then add them to your taste. Or not

Then we need the proper tools:


Molinillo & Chocolatera. Both brought from Colombia

Then we put the milk and the chocolate in the chocolate pot and we heat it up on the stove to melt the chocolate. We whisk it with the molinillo by placing your hands around it as shown in the picture and move them back and forth to make the molinillo spin. We do this every now and then, and watch the temperature so it doesn’t spill.


Proper technique to froth the hot chocolate (yes, those are my hands)

We let the milk raise a couple of times without letting it fully boil, frothing vigorously every single time. Then we carefully pour it in a mug and serve with cheese. I like to cut the cheese in somewhat small pieces and put it in the mug before pouring the hot chocolate so it melts better. But some people prefer to serve it on a side plate and eat it alone or add it to the chocolate later. I guess that since this is a party and all, I should serve the cheese in individual plates and let you have it in any way you prefer.





My daughter, the hostess with the mostest***


mmmm yes. This is how I like it!

So this little chocolate party is to show my appreciation to all of you, fellow bloggers that read the craziness that is my blog.

to the ones that started with me, and to the ones that came along as the year of 2012 grew old.  But especially, for those of you who stuck around despite everything, my MIA period, the heartwrenching posts, the dark posts, sending me healing thoughts/prayers/good vibes on and off-line.

A big hug in particular to Sandee, Anita, Ruby Tuesday and Dad Knows for never failing to be there no matter how hard my posts were! I know that sometimes, my posts are hard to read. I know they can make some people uncomfortable. But think about it, the more painful they look, the harder I am trying to reach out and you**** were always there for me. And for that, you have my most sincere thanks and my love!



* Noon for Colombians is any time between 12:00 and 2 pm. The afternoon for us starts at 2 pm.

** In case you were wondering, there wasn’t any obesity problems in Colombia until the MacDonald’s were introduced. Now, Colombia has joined the list of many other developing (read, starving) countries having to deal with brand new obesity epidemics.

*** The hot chocolate pictures were taken on Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) during the preparation of our Cena Navideña.

**** It is entirely possible I might have left a name or two out. Please forgive my foggy, cold-infested brain

31 thoughts on “Let’s have a Colombian hot chocolate end-of-year party!

  1. Sid Dunnebacke says:

    1. With all those meals, how do you fit in time to drink coffee? 2. Onces makes me think of elevenses. 3. I must remember to find that Latin market in town. 4. N – you are as gorgeous as your mom says you are. 5. SSG, I wouldn’t have missed a thing, and I’m glad I didn’t. 6. Thanks for the party! 7. Both of you, get better.

    • SummerSolsticeGirl says:

      hahaha well, we mostly drink coffee with breakfast, lunch and dinner. As for mediasnueves and onces sometimes we have coffee too. But of all of those meals, onces are the meals that more often than not will have either aguapanela or chocolate instead of coffee. Also, it depends on the region. In Bogota, most people prefer chocolate for breakfast instead of coffee. But there’s ALWAYS room for a tinto :)

      Glad you enjoyed the party. I’ll be more than happy to host a real one for the whole family…. I know, I know… say no more.

      And isn’t N just gorgeous? :D

    • SummerSolsticeGirl says:

      Oh, it’s so good! Wish I could have a real party for all my blogger friends so they could taste it too!

      I hope to get better soon too. This coughing and sneezing and runny nose is no fun ;)

      Happy New Year!

  2. Natalya says:

    I’m not a cheesecake fan so I doubt I’d like the cheese in hot chocolate but it looks festive. People always think I’m odd though as I’ve never much liked cheese in any but the smallest of quantities. Thanks for sharing your New Years custom. I forgot you’re in Columbia. My New Years celebrations are positively understated. Actually, I hardly ever do anything. Sometimes I don’t even bother to stay up ’til midnight! I’m 30 but I act 100 sometimes, LOL ;)

    • SummerSolsticeGirl says:

      he he I hear ya. I always prefer to stay home than to go out but I’m a night owl.

      I am not in Colombia anymore. I live in Canada but I keep some of the traditions I grew up with. The good ones, of course.

      We don’t normally have that hot chocolate on New Years Eve. We just party hard on that evening! :)

      • Natalya says:

        Oops, lol. I knew I was confused for a reason! Has it been difficult to adjust to the cold? I’ve lived here(Canada) my whole life and still don’t like the winter weather and cold temperatures. Likely that’s b/c I’m on the coast and we’re milder than the rest of the country so I’m “soft”, LOL!

          • Natalya says:

            That’s good then :) . I guess I don’t enjoy winter much b/c I have physical health issues that make it uncomfortable for me in winter conditions. But even if I didn’t I don’t think I’d be very ‘outdoorsy’ anyhow.

            • SummerSolsticeGirl says:

              Ah, sorry to hear about your health issues. I can relate to that. I have fibromyalgia so the cold does make the pain a bit more annoying. But I go into heat exhaustion very easily, plus I sunburn like crazy so Summer is much more unbearable for me. I have always been the outdoorsy type but can’t go out in the heat so my life in Colombia was pretty miserable.

              Instead, I layer up like crazy, and go out in the winter :)

              • Natalya says:

                Haha, you have a positive attitude about it. I’m not a fan of summer either as my asthma, allergies and sinus issues get worse in the heat and humidity. Fall is my favourite season :)

  3. Ruby Tuesday says:

    You are so sweet to include me by name. But I would take a general invitation to any party you’re giving any day! ;)

    You’ve been so good to me, too, and I’m grateful that I can call you my friend. I’m not quite sold on the hot chocolate/cheese idea yet, but maybe if I used something sweet like mascarpone. . .

    By the way, as I know I’ve said before, you have such a beautiful daughter! She looks just like her mama!

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