This Brazilian hot chocolate recipe is creamy and flavorful. It is topped with a lemon-lime egg white froth.
Recently my father-in-law married a lady from Brazil. Traditions, the way we speak to each other, and even the food is so unique from what I am used to so I have learned much from spending time with her.
My favorite part is the food. I have always loved Brazilian food from the local Brazilian restaurant but had no idea that there was so much more to try and experience.
My father-in-law recently took her up to a mountain city where they enjoyed some hot chocolate. I’m sure it was some mix thrown in with water, mixed together, and sold for a few dollars but that’s what we’re used to so we enjoy it. She, however, did not think it was as good and went home and made her own, the kind she was used to in Brazil.
They kept telling me that the hot chocolate had egg whites in it and I while I was willing to try it, I was not willing to express that I may enjoy it, even a little. I mean, who puts egg whites in hot chocolate?
So I stood there and helped as she made it for me. It was unique and I wasn’t so sure about all of the ingredients she was putting into the hot chocolate, namely the egg white froth and the lemon and lime juice she was adding to it. It was making me really wish I had a packet of Swiss Miss with marshmallows instead but being the good foodie that I am, tried the Brazilian hot chocolate anyway.
To my surprise, it was actually delicious!
I will tell you right now that it is no hot chocolate packet mixed with water. This Brazilian hot chocolate is creamy and full of flavor. It also takes a bit longer to make but it is worth it!
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 4 tablespoons cocoa
- 2 tablespoons sugar heaping
- 4 cups milk
- salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon (or 2 cinnamon sticks)
- 1/2 bar Hershey chocolate
- 2 egg whites
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
Combine the cornstarch, cocoa, and 2 tablespoons sugar in a bowl. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, heat milk on medium heat. Whisk in cornstarch mix. Add in salt to taste (I added about 1/2 teaspoon).
If you have cinnamon sticks, add in the cinnamon sticks now. Add the Hershey bar as well. Let the mix heat.
If using ground cinnamon instead of cinnamon sticks, add the cinnamon at the end before serving.
In a separate medium sized bowl, add in egg whites. Use a mixer to beat until the egg whites have a soft peak, or so that the egg whites are thick.
Add in 3 tablespoons sugar into the egg whites and continue beating until the egg whites have a hard peak, or so that you can pull the beater away from the egg whites and the egg whites will stay at a peak or point.
Beat in lemon and lime juice into the egg whites. Set aside.
Once the cocoa is warmed thoroughly and the chocolate has melted, pour the drink into cups. Top with egg white mix. Add a little bit of cinnamon to the top if desired.
Serve and enjoy warm.