Dora's Mexican Hot Chocolate
Dora the Explorer
Spice up a snowy day with this delicious variation on the traditional drink. A chocolate bar, real vanilla bean, and cinnamon sticks make this hot cocoa recipe extra special.
Parent Supervision Needed
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes

  • 3 oz. chocolate bar (dark or bittersweet)
  • 3 cups milk (skim milk is not recommended)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean (split down the center)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Pinch salt
  • 6 cinnamon sticks, for serving
  • Miniature marshmallows, for serving


Step 1 :To get started, break the chocolate bar into small pieces. (Parents should do this part because a sharp knife may be needed.) Let your child add the chocolate bar to a pan.

Step 2 :Help your child measure out the milk and cup of sugar. Add to the pan.

Step 3 :Use a plastic spoon to scrape the sticky seeds from the vanilla bean. Add to the pan, along with the cinnamon stick.

Step 4 :Add a pinch of salt and place the pan on the stove. Heat the ingredients under low heat, stirring constantly with a whisk to avoid burning, until chocolate is melted. Be careful not to burn the milk. (Parents should do this part.)

Step 5 :While you're stirring, have your child add a cinnamon stick to each mug.

Step 6 :Carefully pour the chocolate mixture into each mug. Your child can add three or four miniature marshmallows to each mug before serving.


  • Total Fat: 7g   
  • Saturated Fat: 4g   
  • Trans Fat: 0g   
  • Cholesterol: 18mg   
  • Sodium: 80mg   
  • Total Carbohydrates: 32g   
  • Fiber: 1g   
  • Sugar: 30g   
  • Protein: 7g

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