I never realized until I was an adult that drinking Colombian hot chocolate with cheese wasn't normal. Think hot chocolate in a mug and pieces of soft white cheese melting inside the mug. You scoop the melty cheese out of the cup with a spoon and sip on your hot chocolate. It's sweet and salty.
For me, it's a treat that always reminds me of my childhood. It's what I drink when I want something comforting and it's a nightly treat during the holidays.
What is Colombian hot chocolate?
Colombian hot chocolate is made using a dark unsweetened chocolate bar like Luker or Corona. It's typically made in water instead of milk with a pinch of cinnamon and cloves. Some people will make it with milk, it's up to your own personal preference. Sugar is added to one's own taste.
The drink has a much stronger and complex flavor compared to American hot chocolate.
What kind of cheese is used?
For this odd pairing, traditionally you'd use a Queso Colombiano for this. However, if you live in an area where this cheese isn't available you can opt for a firm white cheese like a halloumi, queso de freir, oaxaca cheese or a firm mozzarella.
Colombian Hot Chocolate with Cheese
- 3 oz of Colombian chocolate
- 2.5 cups water
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 5 oz white cheese
- Place your chocolate, Cinnamon, cloves, sugar and water inside a molinillo or sauce pan over medium high heat
- Stir constantly using a molinillo or whisk until water simmers and chocolate is completely melted. The hot chocolate should be frothy from the constant whisking
- Turn off the heat and cut cheese into small cubes and place about 2.5 oz of cheese into each cup.
- Carefully pour cheese into each cup and allow to steep for 1 minute to allow cheese to melt.
- Serve with a spoon and enjoy.