Chocolate mint coffee

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If there is one noche buena tradition in my husband’s family that I never really got the hang of, it’s drinking chocolate. If the noche buena meal consisted of bibingka and puto bumbong only, then an accompanying chocolate drink would be marvelous. But when the dishes in the meal are quite heavy — ham, chicken, fruit salad — drinking chocolate is simply too much for me. Besides, I’m a coffee drinker and I drink coffee for the caffeine. A few days ago, I discovered a great way to combine chocolate with coffee.

No, I didn’t nibble on the chocolate while drinking my coffee. I took two pieces of Andes chocolate mint and dropped them into my very hot coffee. I stirred, made sure the chocolate bars had melted, then sipped my coffee. Oh my goodness, I’ve had lots of good coffee before but never coffee this good. But then, of course, I love mint and Andes chocolate mint is my favorite chocolate in the whole wide world, and that’s probably a significant factor why I loved the combination so much.

Even if you’re not a mint fan but you love flavored coffee, or if you’re not a chocolate drinker but enjoy the chocolatey texture and flavor in your cup of coffee, you can experiment with different chocolate bars. I don’t think that those with nuts and fruits will work but I bet that orange and cherry flavored chocolates will go well into a hot cup of coffee. :)





Comments

  1. elaine says

    I’m a huge coffee drinker and an andes mint fan. But of course, coffee does vary in flavor and hate anything acidic/or sour type(aka starbucks). So I truly go for freshly brewed benguet coffee and I think a combination of andes mint and a good cup of coffee would work perfectly well. I would tend to enjoy a homemade fancy coffee like this than in some rather expensive coffee shop. Happy Holidays!

  2. Shey says

    Andes chocolate mint is really delicious!!! So I bet this is a great combination. I think Starbucks has a selection of mint flavored frap or coffee. Orange flavor is a good one too, I have tasted something with peanut butter as well and it tastes good. Maybe you should try coffee with Reese chocolate, do you think it would render the same flavor??? Let’s see…

  3. Marie says

    hmmm sounds yummy…. personally i really like chocolate mint in ice cream and of course in chocolate bars…the ones i tried yet is the after eight of nestle…they come in separate packaging very thin dark chocolates with mint filling. i just want to ask…your version of the chocolate mint coffee…do you serve it with milk or you enjoy it black? thanks for the idea!

  4. cel says

    mmm… i love mint chocolate. we always have mint chocolates here at home because it helps ease bruce’s migraine and any other aches and pains. as for me, it’s another excuse to have more chocolates. then again, i dont need any excuse to eat chocolates anyway. i will definitely try this. hehe. btw, i made lechon sa hurno for our noche buena last night. oh boy, was it ever good. everyone loved it. salamat sa recipe. i also recommended your blog to my mom-in-law who loves pinoy food. merry christmas and happy new year!

  5. says

    And to you too, Bang. :)

    Elaine, I so love Benguet coffee. Like it better than barako, in fact. Just bought a new pack hehehe

    Shey, coffee with Reese’s sounds wickedly delicious LOL I will try it and blog about it. :grin:

    Marie, I don’t take my coffee black. I usually add milk but, right now, we’re using the Swiss Miss creamer that I bought from a recent supermarket trip.

  6. gigi says

    andes mint chocolates!!!! wow, i sooo love them.. grabe! no other mint chocolate like them.. the after eight mint chocs are a bit too sweet for me… wala talaga kasing sarap ang andes… it was the first mint choc i tasted and nothing compares to it.. thanks for sharing this.. miss ko na yan.. wla akong nakikitang ganyan dito sa side ng uk na ito… hope you had a lovely christmas! by the way.. the corn muffins was a hit! i am yet to try yer chiken ala king.. hehe.. will tell you how well it will go down … happy new year!!!

  7. Lalaine says

    Reese peanut butter candies! Nice!

    Brought back memories of the chocolate drink my aunt used to make…carabao’s milk, chocolate tableta, peanut butter then whipped to form foams using a wooden “batidor”. Do they still sell those Ms. Connie? Sayang my mother just left to go back to the Philippines! Nakalimutan kong magpabili!

  8. Ebba Myra says

    Kami naman ng spouse ko, nagkalokohan na i-add yung vanilla frozen yogurt to our piping hot coffee. Wow, the infused flavor and the diff. temperature, ang galing at ang sarap. We did this on a buffet restaurant, after a huge meal. At another time (at same restaurant), my hubby added strawberry yogurt naman to his black coffee, and wow din ang dating. We have been doing this ever since, and even at home, we tried to serve it to some friends, and they loved it.

  9. kulasa says

    Ay ang sarap. Love adding several “flavors” to my coffee, best ones I like (other than Andes Mint), are adding Bailey’s, Da Vinci syrup – Irish Creme, Vanilla (even the liquid Mc Cormick vanilla flavoring ok na), cinammon, pati na din pumpkin spice at Apple spice na powder try mo. Lahat na ‘ata ng pwedeng i-flavor nasubukan ko – yung iba pinagsisihan ko. Right now I am trying to limit myself to no more than 3 cups per day. Pero my greatest pleasure is to start my day with a cup of freshly brewed coffee. Kaya naman baon-baon ko yun coffee maker at kapeko pag mag out of town.

  10. zynnie says

    Just curious, did the oil from the chocolate separate at all from the water for the coffee? I tried mint candy and mixed it with hot chocolate. It was very yummmy!

  11. says

    Kulasa, wow, now you’re giving me all these ideas! Pwede pala yung McCormick? The ones in small bottles used for baking?

    Zynnie, no it didn’t. I think that would have happened had I boiled the chocolate in. But I dropped them after adding sugar and creamer and stirring the coffee so the temperature would have gone down considerably.

  12. says

    These are the only chocolates that I absolutely adore. They’re thin, crisp, and smooth to the tastebuds… just thinking about it, it’s making my mouth water… I’m not much of a caffeine junkie, but I do have some decaf stocked in my pantry, I’m going to give it a whirl… Thank you so much Connie for all the wonderful ideas. I’ve been scouting for some ideas on the dishes that I’ll make for my significant others invite… Especially when its the time to meet the parents … and I need to impress them. So far, I have! with your fish fillets, with cheese and ham rolls… Thank you so much !!! Love the site !!! :)

  13. kulasa says

    Yes Connie, the small ones used for baking. Just a drop or two, depending on your taste (and cup size). The cinammon powder works well for me too.

  14. Maricel says

    I have become so addicted to this that I buy Andes Mint in bulk jars at Smart and Final when I go to the US.

  15. Maricel says

    This is my guilty pleasure. Guess what, I found a plant at Centris Sunday Market named Choco-mint plant and it tastes just like Andes mint. So maybe when the plant becomes lusher, I can get a healthier cup of my favorite coffee.

    • says

      We used to grow chocolate mint at home and I used it for baking. It doesn’t really replicate the mintiness of Andes which, I’m guessing, uses concentrated amounts of the stuff (probably with additional artificial flavoring).

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