It might surprise you to know that Chocolate de Maní Caliente does not have any chocolate in it. The delicious Dominican delight is a Hot Peanut ‘Cocoa’ and is as deliciously deceptive as its name. It is actually a peanut-flavored milk drink that is served hot.
This Chocolate de Maní Caliente is a Dominican recipe and surprisingly good and easy to make. It is made with unsalted roasted peanuts, milk, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and ground nutmeg. Pour the mixture into a pot, add cinnamon sticks and cloves, then boil the combination for 10 minutes. After that, take the cinnamon and cloves out, garnish with nutmeg and serve.
This Hot Peanut ‘Cocoa’is a refreshing change to coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. So bring the island’s taste and smell to your table with a nice piping hot cup of Chocolate de Maní Caliente.
Chocolate de Maní Caliente ~ Hot Peanut ‘Cocoa’
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- 1½ cups unsalted toasted peanuts
- 2 qt milk
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup sugar to taste
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6 cloves
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg for topping
- Blend the roasted peanuts with the milk and half of the sugar. This may take some time, you don't want it to have a grainy texture.
- In a saucepan add all other ingredients and sugar to taste.
- Boil for 10 minutes over low heat.
- Remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves.
- Sprinkle the nutmeg on top before serving.
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