Hello all, Amy here on bright, cold day. My friends at EXO Coffee make Mole Dulce Lattes, and they are amazing. They discovered Mano Y Metate mole, developed the recipe, and only later did we meet!
I can’t make coffee like that, but I wanted to make a hot drink for myself at home. So I decided to try Mole Dulce Hot Chocolate.
I started with half a tin of Mano Y Metate Mole Dulce powder (about 1 oz). In a dry pan I toasted it over low heat, stirring constantly until it got a shade darker and I started to smell the spices and cough just a bit from the chile. You can see oil from the almonds and the melting chocolate on the wooden spoon.
Then I added one cup of water and simmered for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Mole Dulce powder is made with A LOT of chocolate. I use Xocolatl, a handmade Oaxacan drinking chocolate imported by a sweet Tucson family and available seasonally at the Rillito Farmers’ Market and online. (Tell the young salesperson Isaac we sent you.) The only ingredients in Xocolatl are cacao beans from Chiapas (60%), cane sugar, Mexican/Ceylon cinnamon and almonds. It is wonderful eaten straight, where you’ll notice its coarse ground texture, formerly found in chocolates like Ibarra, before they changed their recipe. Xocolatl also comes in 70%.
I melted 6 small sticks (about 125g) of Xocolatl Classic into the pan, making a glossy chocolate sauce, with some suspended solids from the mole and chocolate giving it interesting texture.
Then I added 4 cups of milk from Danzeisen Dairy from Laveen, Arizona. When I was a kid, my mom would buy raw milk with a cream layer in bottles like these from a drive through milk store. What the milks then and now do have in common are freshness, lower ‘food miles’ (less transportation fuel from farm to consumer), and returnable bottles with a deposit. Plus, the bottles are so pretty!
Now, for the frothy topping. The saying goes that as much work as someone put into the foam layer on the top of your chocolate mug, that’s how much they love you. I heard you could get this by pouring from one container into another from as high as you can, but I found this is messy, possibly dangerous and disappointing.
But there’s a tool designed for this purpose. My grandmother had a molinillo just like this.
However, she didn’t let us use it, just like the fancy dishes, the living room, or anything else that grandkids would certainly ruin or break. These are now available at big Mexican grocery stores, and are so fun to use! They have free-spinning rings and holes which act like wires on a whisk. (Of course, a metal whisk works at least as well.) To use a molinillo, put the handle between your palms, rolling back and forth to spin it in the liquid. Yes, this is when you sing the cho-co-la-te song, singing and spinning as fast as you can! Then sit and savor your warm, frothy, sweet, spicy, rich cup slowly.
6 thoughts on “Mole Dulce Latte and Hot Chocolate”
I used to live in Tucson, and since I left a few years back I’ve been missing the Mole lattes at Exo. I was just googling to see if anyone had a recipe for them and found this post! Just ordered a tin of mole dulce, so I’m excited to play around with it 🙂
Hello Lauren, this is Amy. Thank you!!!! Yes, Exo is special and now you have the mole dulce lattes yourself. I hope it keeps you warm this winter. xoxox PS you’ll probably like the brownies too
Just curious, when you use the mole dulce mix to make hot chocolate do you end up tasting the more savory elements at all (ie, onion, garlic)? Just wondering how that will blend.
Great question, Lauren. Funny, the onion and garlic are not noticable at all in the hot chocolate or latte, just a hint of chile and complexity. It was in the one you had from Exo Coffee!
Oh my! I have had nothing like this since I was a kid. I found that common chocolate in our local supermarket recently, which really surprised me. (I would not have thought that there are many here who know what it is.) I think it is Abuelita chocolate. It is VERY sweet, but very good. My cousin’s grandmother made it for us about this time of year. She made something that might have been like mole dulce latte only on rare occasion. I am not certain what it was. It was quite spicy, and also chocolatey. I remember the aroma more than the flavor, since I got it only two or three times back when I was in high school. Us kids got the other chocolate.. It is such a pleasant memory.
Hello Tony, thank you! This is exactly the kind of aroma that bring back memories. Yes, the chocolate is very sweet. I prefer to go for it, full sugar and full fat, and save it for special occasions.
Happy Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year!
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