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.
The Dominican Hot Peanut ‘Cocoa’ is delicious in the morning with a Mango Fruit Dip and a few Dominican Empanadas.
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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