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Ancient Mayan hot cocoa recipe

The ancient Mayan tribes used cacao to make a hot drink that was of great importance to them as a celebratory drink and a direct initiation into the spirit world. Here's a simplified recipe for making Mayan-style hot chocolate:

Ancient Mayan hot cocoa recipe


  • 2 teaspoons of cocoa

  • 1-2 teaspoons of honey or sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla or cinnamon

  • a pinch of salt

  • a pinch of cayenne pepper

  • 1 cup milk (you can also use plant-based milk, such as coconut or almond milk)

Cooking instructions

  1. Put the milk in a saucepan and heat it over medium heat until it is ready.

  2. Add grated cocoa, honey or sugar, vanilla or cinnamon, a pinch of salt and cayenne pepper to the milk, mix well.

  3. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it begins to boil.

  4. Pour the drink into a cup and enjoy aromatic hot chocolate.

The Indians brewed cocoa very thick: the grains were ground, mixed with water and spices: cinnamon, cloves, cayenne pepper. They also added corn flour - for nutrition and thickness. They drank the drink cold and whipped to foam.

May it taste just as it tasted to the ancient Mayan tribes!

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