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Colombian-Style Hot Chocolate (Chocolate Caliente)

Chocolate Santafereño is a Colombian-Style Hot Chocolate popular in the Cundinamarca region of Colombia. This drink can be served for breakfast or snack with your favorite Colombian cheese bread.

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What is Chocolate Santafereño?

It’s a popular drink in Colombia, especially in Bogotá, the countries capital. Hot chocolate is a staple in almost every Colombian home. In my family, as good “paisas”, we drink this hot chocolate at breakfast with arepa and cheese and sometimes as a “merienda”, an evening snack with Colombian pastries or bread and cheese.

In Colombia we like to add chunks of cheese into our hot chocolate. It’s a traditional way to have this drink and it’s absolutely delicious.

What you Need to Make this Drink

If you would like to make Chocolate Santafereño as we do in Colombia,  you’ll need two old-fashioned Colombian kitchen gadgets. A  “chocolatera” and a “bolinillo” (or molinillo).  Have fun! The printable recipe card with ingredients and directions is below.

Milk: I recommend using whole milk to make this recipe, because it gives the hot chocolate a creamy texture. To make it dairy-free you can replace the milk with almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk. They will change the flavor and texture of the traditional drink.
Cinnamon: Ground cinnamon adds a wonderful aroma and flavor.
Chocolate: I like using a Colombian chocolate brand “Luker”to make my hot chocolate. I usually find it in my local Latin market or online on Amazon. If you don’t find this brand, just use your favorite and good quality bittersweet chocolate bar to make this recipe. Sugar: Add to your taste.

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Some of my favorite Colombian breads to serve with this hot chocolate are pandebono, almojábana, buñuelos and pan blandito.

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Colombian-Style Hot Chocolate Recipe

Erica Dinho

Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 5 mins

Total Time 10 mins

Course drink

Cuisine Colombian

Servings 4 servings

Calories 399 kcal


  • 4 ½ cups whole milk
  • 2 ½ tablespoons sugar or to your taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped


  • Heat the milk in a saucepan on medium heat to just below the simmering point, add the chocolate. When the chocolate is melted, add the sugar and cinnamon.

  • Whisk vigorously or transfer to a blender. Reheat gently and serve immediately.


Calories: 399kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 11gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 108mgPotassium: 613mgFiber: 3gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 463IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 361mgIron: 2mg

Keyword colombian hot chocolate, hot chocolate

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About Erica Dinho

My name is Erica and I was born and raised in Colombia and now live in the northeastern United States with my husband and family. This blog was inspired by my grandmother, Mamita, who was an amazing traditional Colombian cook.

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