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Your favorite brand of Mexican hot chocolate?

chocolatetartguy Mar 11, 2010 06:21 PM

I noticed the the yogurt place near my office had it on the menu and then realized that, hell, I could probably buy an entire package at the grocery store for the same price. I bought what they had in stock which was Ibarra and it is fine. I drank it as a child.

An Hispanic friend recommended Abuelita brand and I'm inclined to think he knows what he's talking about.

Any brands that you like better?

  1. Melanie Wong Apr 12, 2010 06:51 PM

    Recently I had some hot chocolate made with Juquilita from Oaxaca. It can be purchased at Taqueria El Paisa in Rohnert Park (Sonoma County).

    1. kattyeyes Mar 13, 2010 04:14 AM

      La Soledad. When I visited Oaxaca, this was my favorite, and I brought plenty home:

      More info on Calle Mina and Oaxaca's "Chocolate Trail" here:

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      1. re: kattyeyes
        chocolatetartguy Apr 12, 2010 06:45 PM

        I asked a Chicano co-worker and he had suggested Abuelita. Then last week he surprised me on his return from his mother's 80th birthday party in Vera Cruz.

        He brought me back a package of Pinotepo made in Oaxaca and sold at a cooperative store in the Mexico City airport. It is very lightly sugared but needs no more. The flavor is a lot more earthy and chocolatey and the dregs taste of rich chocolate and cinnamon bark. It is very satisfying even made with skim milk.

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        jcattles Mar 12, 2010 11:28 AM

        I prefer Ibarra Mexican Chocolate over Abuelita but it's a bit harder to find. (At least where I live). I usually put 2 wedges (for each 8 oz milk) in a large (liquid) measuring cup with milk & heat in the microwave. Then I take my immersion blender (or one of the small attachments) & blend it. This makes it smooth & frothy. Of course you could do this on the stove top in a sauce pan too.

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        1. re: jcattles
          chocolatetartguy Mar 12, 2010 11:40 AM

          Funny, in Berkeley I have only seen Ibarra in the larger grocery stores. There are 2 Mexican groceries in my neighborhood and they carry Abuelita, although I haven't been there yet.

          I have been adding 2.5 wedges to heated skim milk in a sauce pan and whisking it to blend with the burner on until it froths. It's good left over and cold too.

          1. re: chocolatetartguy
            Ruth Lafler Mar 12, 2010 01:04 PM

            I like Ibarra slightly better, too. I think it's a little less sweet than Abuelita. Those are the two brands that are commonly available in the Bay Area, although I have seen a couple of others (one of my hobbies is checking the shelves of ethnic markets for brands/items I've never seen before -- actually, now that I think about it, it's one of my hobbies to check the shelves of any new-to-me market for brands/items I've never seen before).

            1. re: chocolatetartguy
              CindyJ Mar 12, 2010 01:16 PM

              The Mexican grocers in my area only carry Abuelita. I bought a box on my last trip there, as well as one of those wooden whirly-gig things for frothing. I haven't tried either yet.

              1. re: CindyJ
                jumpingmonk Mar 13, 2010 02:18 AM

                Ibarra and Abuelita(which as I recall is under the Netsle brand) are the only two versions I usally see in stores. Theoretically I suppose Taza counts as well as its more or less the same parameters as most (it's a disc, its unconched, and at least one of the versions has cinnamon in it)
                There is a third version I have had experinace with which is for all intents and purposes the Zingerman's house brand version (as far as I can tell it has no brand name, they source it directly from Oxaca) it comes in a re-sealable brown paper bag, and unlike the commercial ones comes in the form of ireggular paired rectanges about the size and shape of a pair of twinkies. I actually like this one best, it has a smoky taste to it (they dry the chocolate over wood fires).


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            jeanmarieok Mar 11, 2010 06:31 PM

            I only know of Abuelita, and I can get it at Kroger - my kids really like it.

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