Mayan Hot Chocolate

    Photograph by Richard Bowditch,

    This recipe for ancient Mayan hot chocolate comes courtesy of the Legacy Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Archaeological Research, via It is prepared with easily-located ingredients, and preparation should be rather simple.

    This recipe is a modern adaptation of a traditional and ancient Mayan dish. The people of ancient Mayan civilization, noted for having the only writing system in the Americas before Columbus’ arrival, had a diet that was diverse, especially for their time, due to their advanced technologies in agriculture (among other areas). For example, the Mayans pioneered many farming techniques, and their diets consisted of many grains and starches. The common Mayan diet was centered around corn, and they would cultivate and process it to extract the most nutritional value possible; turkey was the most common meat, and still is with the Mayans today.

    Mayan Hot Chocolate
    Recipe type: Mayan, Ancient Recipes, Drink
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    Serves: 8
    • 2 ounces (squares) bitter, unsweetened bakers' chocolate
    • 1 cup hot water
    • 3 tablespoons honey
    • dash salt
    • 3 cups hot water
    • 4 sticks cinnamon bark
    1. Chop the chocolate and heat it in 1 cup of water until melted.
    2. Add honey and salt.
    3. Beat the hot chocolate with a balloon wire whip as you add 3 cups of hot water.
    4. Serve the foamy hot chocolate with cinnamon-bark stick stirrers.
    © 2004 by the Archaeological Institute of America



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