You know how you return from vacation and although it is good to be home, you can’t help but have a bit of the vacation blues?  If you are like me, it can put you into a little slump wishing you could still be lying on the beach in Mexico, strolling down the Champs Elysees or skiing down the Rockies for example.  That’s why I have decided to declare it “Mexico Week” at Satisfy My Sweet Tooth.  You don’t mind if I extend my vacation through food with you, do you?  We started with enchiladas, so I bet you know what that means!  Time for the sweet stuff!

When I was in Mexico after dinner one night I asked for a hot chocolate.  What I received was not your ordinary hot chocolate.  It was Mexican Mayan chocolate melted by pouring steamed milk over it.  It was creamy, slightly spicy from the cinnamon and utterly comforting.  When I asked our server Emilio about it, he said that this was the traditional way to make hot chocolate in Mexico and that there is one main brand of chocolate that has been produced for over 70 years called Abuelita.   The brand was recently purchased by Nestle but you can still only purchase it in Mexico.  On the menu they called it “Grandma hot chocolate” and I’m guessing that has something to do with the adorable woman on the package enticing you to have a cup.

I have always enjoyed the combination of chocolate and cinnamon.
It just seems to warm me from the inside.  I remembered that I had this recipe for Mexican chocolate shortbread that incorporates this flavor combination and so as a tribute to Grandma Abuelita and Emilio, here it is:  warm, chocolatey, spicy shortbread.  After making these, I can truly say, they may change your life.  No, I am not that delusional to think that a baked good could actually change your life but it’s about the little things.  And if tasting this delectable treat can make you smile and feel comforted, well then that is  life-changing enough for me 🙂.

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4 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Mindy @ The Purposed Heart
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

    Oh my! I must try this! 🙂 I just pinned a recipe for shortbread today that I wanted to make this weekend, but chocolate shortbread sounds *much* better. I’m sure the cinnamon and cayenne are wonderful in this! I’m pinning it right now!

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    • Mercedes
      Oct 04, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

      The subtle spice with the chocolate really is delicious! Glad to hear you are going to give them a try! I hope you like them and thanks for reading!

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  2. Michelle
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    I live in Oregon and Abuelita is available at Safeway, if that helps anybody! I just found your blog today and can’t wait to look it over completely!! Yummiest looking recipes, maybe I shouldn’t keep looking, lol!!

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    • Mercedes
      Oct 13, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

      I actually found Abuelita in a store in a small town in Minnesota also after I returned from Mexico also! Thanks for reading!

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