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Leche de Chocolate (Mexican Chocolate Milk!)

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Cold, creamy and sweet- this is chocolate milk like you’ve never had it before.  Say hello to one of my favorite treats from the beautiful country of Mexico!

For several years I’ve led mission trips from our church down to a tiny town in Sinaloa, Mexico.  We spend 10 days or so doing Bible school with the kids of the town, helping to build a church and training facility and just helping out around the town- painting, cleaning etc.  We have met the most wonderful people and made friendships I will never forget.  The food—authentic Mexican–is literally the best I’ve had in ANY country I’ve visited.  I, of course, had my nose in the kitchen often- asking questions, watching them make tortillas from scratch and pluck feathers from chickens.  I do hope to feature some of the recipes they shared with me here someday, but tonight I was craving chocolate milk, and the best chocolate milk I’ve ever had was in a tiny restaurant in Mazatlan, MX.  It was a hot day of touring and we’d just climbed a HUGE hill up to the lighthouse in Mazatlan.  We stumbled on this restaurant and stayed because it had air conditioning.  For some reason, chocolate milk sounded good– and the rest is history!

My friend Jennifer and I enjoying chocolate milk in Mexico

I knew the ingredients because I asked our waiter, but the proportions were up to me.  I will give you the amounts I use- but feel free to adjust them to your liking. Add more or less of anything to adjust the sweetness or the flavor.  This is how I like it:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 c. milk
  • 1c. ice cubes
  • 1/3 c. Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
  • 1/2 of a (14oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1t. vanilla

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into fun glasses (mine were a gift, but I found more like them here: Tall Irish Coffee Glass)
  • Serve cold and frothy!
  • ENJOY!!!!

My thoughts:  My 1st sip of this made me smile and I had to just close my eyes and remember all the wonderful people I met on these trips to Mexico.  Isn’t it fun when a taste brings back happy memories?  I hope that this easy recipe becomes a favorite in your family!  Enjoy! -r

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