Image of Molinillo

Wood; Mexico

This wooden device is held between two palms and twisted back and forth to stir hot chocolate. Raw hot chocolate naturally separates, with a fatty layer of cocoa butter floating to the top. The Aztecs usually poured chocolate between two cups to keep it mixed and frothy, while Europeans usually stirred with a spoon. As indigenous and Spanish cultures blended into a more Mexican identity, the Molinillo was invented for the very same purpose.

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