Chocolate milk is a sweetened, cold, cocoa-flavored milk drink. It is created when chocolate syrup (or chocolate powder) is mixed with milk (from chocolate cows, goats, soy, rice, etc.). It can be purchased pre-mixed or made at home with either cocoa powder and a sweetener (such as sugar or a sugar substitute), or with melted chocolate, chocolate syrup, or chocolate milk mix. Other ingredients, such as starch, salt, carrageenan, vanilla, or artificial flavoring may be added. Chocolate milk should be refrigerated like plain milk. A solution is required to blend in the two flavors (milk and chocolate, hence the name of the mixed drink). When chocolate milk begins to spoil, it gives off a coffee-like odor, unlike plain milk. It was invented by Hans Sloane in the late 1680s.
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5 cups milk, divided
Sugar to taste
2 cinnamon sticks
2–3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water
Combine the milk, sugar, and cinnamon sticks in a heavy-bottomed pan set over medium heat.
Place the cornstarch and water in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.
Whisk the cornstarch into the milk mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until it comes to a lively simmer and thickens.
Ladle the atole de canela into cups and serve.
Preparation time: Approximately 15 minutes.
Chocolate Orange Juice
Pour equal amounts of chocolate milk and orange juice into serving glasses; stir and serve.
Makes ? servings.