Hot chocolate is a Christmas season tradition all over Peru. There are gatherings called “chocolatadas”, where hot chocolate is served along with thick panetón (panettone) slices or some other goodies. No fruitcake or other heavy desserts. Maybe some little sandwiches and cookies.
Peruvians love their hot chocolate even though the weather is warm and sunny in December in most of the country. The weather doesn’t stop us from having our delicious chocolate drink…and even better if it has some whipped cream on top or some melted marshmallows in it. When it comes to the holidays, traditions rule and this is one that we embrace and love.
- 4 oz chocolate de taza, or semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 3 cups water
- 2 sticks cinnamon
- 1 can unsweetened evaporated milk
- Sugar to taste
- 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg, grated
- 1 cup whipped cream or marshmallows (optional)