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Báte Báte – It’s Time For Mexican Hot Chocolate!

Although it’s officially Spring, we’ve have had three major snowstorms this month! When it’s cold and snowy, why not discover the wonderful taste of Mexican Hot Chocolate!  It’s the subject of a song you probably already know called “Báte, Báte Chocoláte”.

A lot of people recognize the song from the PBS show Dora The Explorer. But did you know that “Báte, Báte Chocoláte” is probably about 400 years old, first appearing as a counting rhyme in schoolbooks written in Spain? Wow, that’s an ancient song, but one that is so easy and fun to sing.

If you don’t speak Spanish, here’s a bit of an explanation of the song.

The song counts to three in Spanish (uno, dos tres), then it progressively spells out the word “chocolate”(CHO CO LA TE).  The word “báte” is from the Spanish verb “batear” meaning to whip or beat (like you might beat cake batter or whip homemade frosting with a mixer).  Why is the chocolate being beaten or whipped?  That’s how the drink is prepared.

To make Mexican hot chocolate, you put all the ingredients together and heat Mixing The Chocolate from Patithem up. As you do, you use a special carved stick called a molinillo that is rubbed between your hands to create the frothiness and delicious texture that makes this such a special treat! Although this was mainly considered a breakfast treat in Mexico, it’s hard to imagine it not being delicious any time of the day or night.

So sing along, or better yet, whip up some hot chocolate while you enjoy the song, especially if the weather is cold and frosty!

Links And Resources

Báte, Báte Chocoláte” – Free Lyric Sheet from TPT
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Bate-Bate-Chocolate-Free-Lyric-Sheet-3732121
Báte, Báte Chocolate – On Itunes
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/do-the-limbo/id208109471?i=208109484&ign-mpt=uo%3D6
abuelita  chocolateBáte, Báte Chocolate – On Amazon mp3
http://amzn.com/B0013XM8LCDirections For Mexican Hot Chocolate From Pati’s Mexican Table: (Photo above is courtesy of Pati’s Mexican Table – An Excellent site for exploring Mexican Cooking!)
http://www.patismexicantable.com/2010/02/ancient_ways_for_comfort_in_cold_days_mexican_hot_chocolate/
Directions For Mexican Hot Chocolate From Multicultural Cooking Network  http://multiculturalcookingnetwork.wordpress.com/2009/10/12/authentic-mexican-hot-chocolate-recipe/

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Best-Loved Songs For Kids: Báte, Báte Chocolate – Time To Mix The Chocolate!

There’s wonderful little song in Spanish called “Bate, Bate Chocolate”, about mixing (beating/whipping) a delicious kind of hot chocolate drink often served in Mexico for breakfast.  Originally heard mainly as a type of nursery rhyme among Spanish-speaking people, the song is now widely popular since it’s use in the PBS show, Dora The Explorer.

The song is really simple.  It counts to three (uno, dos tres), then it spells out the word “chocolate”(CHO CO LA TE).  The word “báte” is from the Spanish verb “batear” meaning to whip or beat .  Why is the chocolate being beaten or whipped?  It’s how the drink is prepared.  After you’ve put all the ingredients together and heated them up, a carved stick called a molinillo is rubbed between your hands to create the frothiness and delicious texture that makes this such a special treat!

abuelita  chocolateWant to try your own Mexican-style hot chocolate while singing the song?  Below are two posts that make it easy to try!  Although it does help to have a special molinillo tool to make it frothy, you really can’t find a wrong way to enjoy hot chocolate on a cold day!

Lyrics to my version of “Bate, Bate Chocolate” are below.  And if you want to count to 10 in Spanish, instead of just up to three as in the song; “Báte, Báte”, try the simple rhyme below.  Diez Amigos/Ten Good Friends is a fun and easy bilingual counting song for teaching children numbers in both English and Spanish.

Báte, Báte Chocolate – Online Lyrics:

http://www.dariamusic.com/bate.php

Báte, Báte Chocolate- Printable Lyric Sheet

http://www.dariamusic.com/docs/songs/Bate%20Bate%20Songbook.pdf

Báte, Báte Chocolate – On Itunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/do-the-limbo/id208109471?i=208109484&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

Báte, Báte Chocolate – On Amazon mp3

http://amzn.com/B0013XM8LC

bate iconLearn How To Make Your Own Mexican Hot Chocolate!

Directions For Mexican Hot Chocolate From Pati’s Mexican Table:

(Photo above courtesy of Pati’s Mexican Table – An Excellent site for exploring Mexican Cooking!)

http://www.patismexicantable.com/2010/02/ancient_ways_for_comfort_in_cold_days_mexican_hot_chocolate/

Directions For Mexican Hot Chocolate From Multicultural Cooking Network

http://multiculturalcookingnetwork.wordpress.com/2009/10/12/authentic-mexican-hot-chocolate-recipe/

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Diez Amigos/Ten Good Friends

Uno, dos, tres amigos,
Cuatro, cinco, seis amigos,
Siete, ocho, nueve amigos,
Diez amigos son….

One (and) two (and) three good friends

Four (and) Five (and) six good friends

Seven (and) eight (and) nine good friends

Ten good friends are we!