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The Pantry Quiz #63

Mexican chocolate

Do You Know?

A key ingredient in several of Mexico's hallmark mole sauces, Mexican chocolate is made by grinding together cocoa, sugar, and which one of these spices:

1. Cardamom
2. Cinnamon
3. Cumin
4. Cayenne pepper


Please leave your answer in the comments, and let us know whether you have this ingredient in your pantry.

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cinnamon is the answer.

cayenne pepper

Cinnamon is the answer. I had this in my pantry before. It's always fun to browse and try something new from the international aisle. Especially at Wegmans.

I would guess Cinnamon, but truthfully I'm not sure.

I totally know this one--cinnamon. My brother's first assignment in the State Dept was in Monterey, Mexico, and he brought home those chocolate discs and the intricately carved wooden . . . thingy . . . used to blend the melting chocolate and hot milk into hot chocolate.
Thanks, Lydia! I'm feeling smart this morning!

Doesn't it have both cinnamon and cayenne?

Mexican cinnamon, a little different from what we normally use.

Not sure, but would have chosen an answer that did not begin with C.....CUMIN

Cinnamon would be the right answer.

It's cinnamon, and I do have some in my pantry. I bought it to make mole, then I made Mexican chocolate cookies (so good!).

This may be a trick question. Cinnamon is what should be the answer, but the 2 brands I have here don't have real cinnamon on the ingredient list. Barra, made in Jalisco, lists 'cinnamon flavor' -- real? artificial? -- and Nestle (Product of Mexico) uses 'artificial flavor.)
I believe there are some that include chiles.
...and the wooden thingy is called a molinillo.

(and that's Ibarra)



I think it's cinnamon. Some, but not all, Mexican chocolate has chiles.

I don't have any in my pantry right now - we recently used it up. (Except the kind we had is a disk - like a hockey puck - so maybe it's not the same. Interesting side-note: we got it at Farmstead/La Laiterie in Providence, RI!)


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