Sunday, August 24, 2008

Mexican Chocolate, What's That?

That’s what I was asked when I first started spouting off about the wonderful recipes you could make using Mexican chocolate. “Is it as good as Hershey’s?” OMG. Don’t get me wrong; I love a good Hershey chocolate bar every once in a while. I just had one – you know, just to get me in the mood. And, I have an excellent Hershey’s Fudge Frosting recipe that we’ve been using for years now. But, it has its limits. Abuelita, Ibarra, El Popular: These are the three best-known Mexican Chocolate manufacturers around. Mexican Chocolate is flavored with cinnamon, sugar, and cacao nibs. It’s gritty but melts just like the smooth American and European chocolate you’re used to. The flavor is intense. It can be used for baking breads and desserts, for sauces, and in beverages. I will be sharing some wonderful recipes with you as I blog along here.

How much do I love Mexican Chocolate? Well, I love it enough to have written an ecookbook about it. I named it after my grandmother, Mi Chita, since she was the first one to introduce me to this wonderfully delicious confection. I hope you will allow me to introduce you to the numerous ways you can use Mexican Chocolate in your cooking and baking.
I was going to give you an all out timeline of how chocolate came to be, but in my research, I found a plethora of websites that have detailed time lines already online for you to review. Here are a couple of links you can go to and get a true timeline of how chocolate originated. There’s Beryl’s Chocolate Encyclopedia and Gourmet Chocolate of the Month Club.
As for this blog, I just want to make it fun. Share some recipes, some songs, some games, and anything I can find about chocolate. My purpose here is for your visit to this blog to be an enjoyable one. So let’s start off with our first couple of recipes and this cool You Tube video about a chocolate song that will have you dancing along. Thanks for coming by and I hope you will come back.

Let me know what you think of this blog and what kind of information about chocolate I can supply for you. Please keep coming back as I add more recipes and some really great chocolate stuff I have found through my research for your enjoyment. Thanks everyone.
Visit my Mexican-American Border Cooking Blog too. You'll get some great ideas about cooking border style.


Chocoflyer said...

Wow Teresa, great blog! I am a big fan of mexican choc (mmm-cinnamon) and have actually travelled on a cuisine tour with author & choc-expert Elaine Gonzalez to Oaxaca, MX and Villahermosa (sp?) many years ago. It was one of the greatest trips of my life by far- we even visited real working cacao plantations and factories! Soon I will post all the pics on my Choc Traveler blog but you can see some now at The Chocolate Life website under my profile- chocoflyer ( Im posting a link to your site on my blog now!
Choc on

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