Chocolate Santafereño

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Chocolate Santafereño is a Colombian hot chocolate that's full of flavor!

Something you’ll quickly notice about Spanish-style hot chocolate is the addition of spice.

American style hot chocolate is creamy and sweet, while Spanish style has the wonderful addition of warm spices, such as cinnamon and clove.

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You'll love the recipe below if you’re interested in making Spanish hot chocolate, otherwise known as chocolate santafereno.

What is chocolate Santafereño?

Put simple, chocolate santafereno is Spanish-style hot chocolate. In some areas, the recipe is more distinct with adding cheese. The recipe is made using bar chocolate, which can be found specifically for this purpose in ethnic markets.

Who puts cheese in their hot chocolate?

Putting cheese in hot chocolate is a popular treat in places like Puerto Rico. The cheese adds a creamy flavor.

What type of cheese can be added to hot chocolate?

White cheese is added to hot chocolate. The cheese used is called queso compasigna. In America, the closest thing to this cheese would be mozzarella.

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What are the ingredients to make chocolate santafereno?

To make this hot chocolate recipe, you are going to need the following ingredients:

How to make chocolate santafereno

Now that you have gathered your ingredients, it is time to make chocolate santafereno. All you have to do is follow the steps below:

  1. Heat the milk to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Do not bring to a boil as milk is easy to scorch.
  2. Once at a simmer, add the sugar and chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is melted and incorporated.
  3. Add the cinnamon and clove and stir to combine.
  4. Remove from heat and serve.
  5. Your chocolate santafereno is ready to serve!

Chocolate Santafereno Recipe

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Chocolate Santafereño (Colombia Hot Chocolate)

Chocolate Santafereño (Colombia Hot Chocolate)

Yield: 2 Servings
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Creamy and delicious Chocolate Santafereño made with spices you are going to love.


  • 2 Cups milk
  • 1/4 Cup Colombian chocolate or milk chocolate
  • 2 Tsp sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of clove


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the milk to a gentle simmer. Add the sugar and chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted and incorporated.
  2. Add the cinnamon and clove and stir to combine.
  3. Remove from heat and serve. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 372Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 162mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 26gProtein: 12g

These nutritional calculations might not be accurate. Please speak with a licensed nutritionist to assist you.

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