Chocolate a la taza is a comforting and delicious drink, ideal for cold days or as a sweet treat in summer. With a rich history dating back to Mesoamerican civilizations, this drink has evolved to become a symbol and festivity in many cultures. This article will guide you step by step through the process of making the perfect hot chocolate, from the selection of ingredients to the final touch that will make your drink an unforgettable experience, whether you prefer to make it with milk or water, in summer or winter.

History of Chocolate

Chocolate has a fascinating history that originates in the ancient civilizations of Central America, especially among the Olmecs, Mayas and Aztecs. These cultures prepared a drink called “cacahuatl,” made with ground cocoa beans, water, and often spices such as corn, vanilla and chili. This bitter and frothy drink was considered sacred and was consumed mainly by the elite and warriors.

With the arrival of Europeans in the Americas in the 16th century, cocoa was brought to Europe, where it quickly gained popularity. However, Europeans adopted the drink to local tastes, adding sugar and, eventually, milk to soften its flavor. This is how the hot chocolate we know today was born. In Spain, in particular, a very strong tradition developed around this drink, becoming an integral part of the gastronomic culture.

Cocoa powder, cocoa beans and chocolate. Chocolate a la taza.

What are the ingredients of hot chocolate?

The key to a good hot chocolate lies in the quality of the ingredients. The essential components are listed below:

  1. Chocolate: Use bean to bar dark chocolate made with cocoa of origin, with a cocoa content of at least 70%.
  2. Milk or Water: The choice between milk and water will depend on your personal preference. Milk is preferable for its creaminess, although you can use vegetable alternatives such as almond or oat milk. If you are lactose intolerant or if you prefer a lighter, traditional or vegan version, you can use water.
  3. Sugar: Adjust the amount according to your taste and the sweetness of the chocolate you use. If you do not want to add sugar, you can add other sweeteners such as honey or panela.
  4. Aromas and spices: If you wish, you can add a cinnamon stick, vanilla, or even a pinch of salt to enhance the flavor of the chocolate.

Utensils Needed

Chocolate with cinnamon

Procedure for making hot chocolate

Chocolate Preparation

If you are using chocolate bars, start by grating or chopping them into small pieces. This will facilitate its dissolution in milk or water and ensure a homogeneous mixture. If you use cocoa powder, you can skip this step.

2. Milk or Water Heating

In a saucepan, heat the milk or water over medium heat. It is important not to let it boil, it just needs to be hot enough to melt the chocolate. If the cocoa or chocolate is of high quality, you will not need to use a thickener.

3. Incorporation of Chocolate

Add the cocoa powder or the grated or finely chopped chocolate to the hot liquid. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon or whisk by hand so that the chocolate melts completely and mixes well with the milk or water.

4. Add the Sugar and Aromas

Add the sugar to the mixture. The amount will depend on your personal taste and the natural sweetness of the chocolate. If you decide to incorporate any aroma or spice, now is the time to do it.

5. Cooking and Thickening

Continue heating the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly until the chocolate boils, at which point, stop the heat. The hot chocolate should have a creamy and slightly thick consistency, similar to that of a smooth sauce.

6. Final Adjustment

Taste the chocolate and adjust sugar or flavorings if necessary. Remember that the beverage will continue to wait a little longer as it cools, so keep this in mind when evaluating consistency. If you want to make cold chocolate for the summer, you can place it in the refrigerator to cool.

7. Serve

Pour the hot chocolate into cups. You can garnish with a little whipped cream, a pinch of cinnamon powder or even chocolate zest for an extra touch of indulgence. If it is summer, you can add whole or crushed ice.

Chocolate a la taza

Variants and Tips

Chocolate with Spices

For an exotic touch, you can add spices such as cardamom, cayenne pepper or even ginger. These spices not only add an interesting flavor, but also provide warming and health-promoting properties.

Vegan Chocolate

If you prefer a vegan version, use water or a vegetable drink of your choice and make sure the chocolate you use is dairy-free.

Texture Adjustment

If you like a thicker hot chocolate, slightly increase the amount of cocoa or chocolate.


Presentation also plays an important role in the a la taza chocolate experience. Serve in nice cups and accompany with homemade cookies or churros. A small plate with marshmallows is also an excellent choice to accompany this drink.

Comparison: Milk Chocolate with Milk vs. with Water

Milk Chocolate with Milk

Chocolate with Water

Chocolate a la taza


Making hot chocolate at home is a rewarding experience that allows you to enjoy a delicious and customizable beverage. With the right ingredients and a little time, you can create a cup of chocolate that rivals any café or pastry shop. Whether you prefer a classic version, spiced, with milk or water, the secret is in the attention to detail and the love put into its preparation. Enjoy your homemade hot chocolate and share this pleasure with your loved ones!

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