Bogota Tradition Drink Cheese and Hot Chocolate

Santafereño Chocolate With Cheese – Bogotá’s Treat

Laura Estupiñan

Laura Estupiñan

Laura Estupiñan is the Local Contributing Writer at Global Storybook (Colombia).

Hola! I'm Laura and I'll be happy to introduce you to one of the most beautiful countries in the world - Colombia.

I speak English, Spanish, Portuguese and I'm learning French. I am also a student, and I'm currently studying electronic engineering. My favorite city is Boston and the place that I've always wanted to visit is Japan. As you can probably tell - I adore traveling!

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Santafereño chocolate with cheese is a recipe from the Cundinamarca region of Colombia, more specifically – from Bogotá.  This delicious hot chocolate is an essential part of our breakfast routine, and it’s a favorite snack of nearly all families in the region.  A cup of this delightful chocolate accompanied by a few slices of cheese melted at the bottom of the mug, plus a few slabs to soak, undoubtedly creates the best combination of sweet and salty.  It surely enlivens our days in the midst of the cold, characterizing our beautiful capital.

The preparation of this delight has become a sort of a ritual in Bogotá.  I will share with you my own family’s step-by-step recipe of Santafereño so that you could recreate it at home.

The ingredients:

  • 1 liter of milk
  • 2 chocolate bars
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • the desired amount of cheese slices

How to Make Santafereño:

Santafereño Chocolate With Cheese Recipe - Global Storybook1. Pour the milk into a saucepan and boil it over low heat.

2. Add the cloves together with the cinnamon in the milk once it’s warm, which will produce its fantastic aroma.  You can also add a few drops of vanilla essence according to your taste.

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3. The chocolate bars must be added to the milk before the mixture reaches its boiling point.

4. The next step requires a bit of patience.  While the chocolate melts, you must continually stir the mixture with the help of a wooden whisk stirrer (we call it “bolinillo” in Colombia) to distribute the ingredients evenly and to give it a frothy uniformity.

5. The minute it finally reaches its boiling point – remove it immediately from the stove.

Note: It is recommended to take out the cloves and cinnamon from the mixture before pouring the Santafereño into the individual cups.

Lastly, the chocolate is usually served with a lof of bread on the side.  The cheese would be placed into the cup with the hot chocolate and left there until it melts.  Once you finish slowly drinking the chocolate and enjoying its delicious taste, you would then eat the remaining cheese.

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