March 12, 2013

Champorado and Hot Chocolate

I have been trying to eat less carb and sugar lately but when I saw a pack of champorado from Filmart, a Filipino grocery, I couldn't help but buy it.

We had this last weekend as our merienda.

I like my champorado thick and sweet. So I added more sugar and milk. It was so good that I was tempted to have another bowl.

Back in the province when I was growing up, we always have champorado and hot chocolate. We used to have a tiny cacao plantation but before my parents could reap the rewards, it was ravaged by two storms one after another leaving only a handful of cacao plants. But still that would give us enough fruits and my mother would make it into a tablea (blocks of cocoa powder).

{Tablea. Photo from Google Images}

I remember making my first hot chocolate drink when I was 12 years old. We had this pitcher-like pot/stainless vessel and a wooden whisk/stirrer. We would boil water in the pitcher-like pot with the tablea on it and we had to constantly stir the pot to melt the tablea. It was actually tiring but for a curious kid, it was an adventure.

You have your hot chocolate when the tablea has fully dissolved and you have a thick consistency already. Then you add your milk and sugar.

Ahhh...those were the days. Now, you can just go to a coffeeshop and voila, you have a steaming hot chocolate right away. But you know what, I like the hot chocolate made from tablea better than the one made from chocolate long as the tablea has fully dissolved of course :)


Photo Cache said...

I bought this packet a long time ago and it's still sitting in my cupboard. What I instead of cooking rice is just make oatmeal then my share will be mixed with baking cocoa so it becomes champorado. My hubs doesn't like his oatmeal chocolate flavored so we don't make a whole batch.

Josiet said...

Photo Cache, I think using oatmeal is a healthier alternative than using rice. Hmm, I'll give it a try next time :)

edregin said...

Kamingaw sa tabliya! Kalami na merienda, barato pa pero busogers ta! hehehe

Josiet said...

Cas, haha korekong kay grabe ka bug-at sa tijan!