A South American Take on Hot Chocolate
In Colombia it is common to find people drinking hot chocolate with gooey cheese melted in it. Their cheese of choice...salty queso blanco.
Hot chocolate is a popular drink in many Latin American countries, but it’s practically a national pastime in Colombia. Chocolate Santafereño is Colombian hot chocolate served rich and steamy, with cubes of salty melted queso blanco cheese. Prepared on foggy, brisk mornings or for after-dinner treats, the perfectly balanced mix of salty and sweet is a Colombian staple. Visit Bogotá’s nearly 200-year old restaurant, La Puerta Falsa, for a true taste of this special concoction. After the abuelitas (Little Grandmothers) whip up the hot chocolate with a specially constructed wooden spoon called a molinillo, they drop the cheese in and while the hot chocolate cools, the cheese will melt into a perfectly slurpable consistency. ¡Buen provecho!