On September 27, Chocolate Milk Day, I posted that Chocolate Milk tastes great with a pinch of salt. It makes a big difference in bringing out the flavor of the chocolate.
Today I couldn't help but post the Borden Vintage Ad for Chocolate Milk (Chocolate Drink) that could be served both hot and cold, but it's nothing like the following recipe for Nicaraguan Chocolate Milk!
Want to try something different? This is Myriam Paiz's recipe for Nicaraguan Chocolate Milk that appeared in the April 1994 issue of Sunset. Rice gives the drink body and that with freshly roasted cocoa beans-- chocolate in a more elemental form--adds a fresh, complex flavor. Add to that some cinnamon, and there's a subtle spiciness.
Nicaraguan Chocolate Milk (Orchata de cacao)
1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
2 cups (about 2/3 lb.) cocoa beans
4 cups water
3 cinnamon sticks (each about 3 in.), broken into 1-inch pieces
8 cups whole, low-fat, or nonfat milk
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla
1 cup sugar
1. Place rice in a bowl, cover with cool water, and let stand to soften somewhat, to 24 hours; drain.
2. Place beans in a 9-inch metal baking dish. Bake in 500 degree oven 5 minutes. Shake beans. Continue to bake until beans smoke and some skins have split, 5 to 8 minutes longer.
3. In a blender, place half the rice, cocoa beans, water, and cinnamon. Whirl until ingredients are very finely pureed.
4. Place a large, fine strainer over a bowl; pour cocoa mixture into strainer and stir to extract liquid. Discard residue. Repeat with remaining rice, cocoa, water, and cinnamon.
5. Rinse strainer, then line with a double thickness of damp cheesecloth. Pour cocoa liquid through strainer into a bowl, stirring to extract all liquid; discard residue.
6. To cocoa liquid, add milk, vanilla, and sugar; stir until sugar dissolves. Serve plain or over ice. If making ahead, chill, covered, up to 3 days. Stir to serve Makes about 10 1/2 cups, 10 servings.