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 them 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
Báte, Báte Chocolate – On Itunes
Báte, 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!)
Directions For Mexican Hot Chocolate From Multicultural Cooking Network http://multiculturalcookingnetwork.wordpress.com/2009/10/12/authentic-mexican-hot-chocolate-recipe/