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For Thanksgiving, we went to see the new Disney Pixar Coco movie. It was a wonderful story about the importance of family. It was not scary for little ones. My husband thought it was the best movie he’s seen in a long time, and he cannot wait to go back and see it again. Living in Texas, the Mexican culture is all around us, so this movie was a beautiful reminder of Dio de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead.
You can download these fun Disney Pixar COCO activity sheets here.
To celebrate this amazing film, I whipped up a large batch of Mexican Hot Chocolate. It’s thick and rich and usually made with melted chocolate bars instead of cocoa. Plus, it has the addition of cinnamon and cayenne pepper. My middle daughter and I are both wimps when it comes to spiciness, so we left off the cayenne pepper in our Mexican Hot Chocolate.
Mexican Hot Chocolate
If you’re wanting to serve some thick, rich and creamy hot chocolate this winter season, this makes a batch to feed a big family. You can easily half or quarter the recipe for a smaller crowd. If this comes out too rich for you, you can add additional milk or water to thin it out.
Once you’ve made the hot chocolate, you can keep it on the warm setting on the stove for awhile. But, prior to finishing it up, I recommend stirring often to prevent any chocolate from dropping to the bottom of the pan.
To top off our Mexican Hot Chocolate, I whipped up a batch of Dulce de Leche Whipped Cream and added a Sugar Cookie Bone Dipper and a dash of cinnamon.
Because this movie was full of bones, I also made some Long Bone Sugar Cookies dipped in chocolate to stir into our hot chocolate. My kids LOVED this. We actually had it for breakfast, and it was delicious. Scroll down for the recipe and easy directions.
Sugar Cookie Bone Dippers
For the bone sugar cookies, I just used a package of sugar cookie mix from the store. After chilling the dough, I put it into this Wilton Bone pan.
I found this pan on eBay for cheap with free shipping, and you can probably find it for a steal there as well since it’s more of a “Halloween” type item.
I learned a lot while making these sugar cookies.
- Let them overcook just a bit until they are golden brown. Otherwise, they’ll be soft and chewy and the bones will just break apart in the middle.
- Freeze the bones prior to dipping in the chocolate.
If you want to skip the bone pan, I found this method to make the bones by hand!
I let the bones bake until they were golden brown so they would be a bit crunchier and sturdier. Then, I put them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before the chocolate dipping.
I melted bright white candy melts in a mug and dipped them. I put them in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden the white chocolate and then dipped them in dark chocolate and put them in the freezer again.
They kept nicely for a few days before we used them as “bone dippers” in the hot chocolate.Print
Creamy Mexican Hot Chocolate
- 20 oz bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1 quart of heavy whipping cream
- 3 cups milk
- 2 tablespoons dulce de leche
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- On medium low heat in a large pot begin to melt the chocolate chips.
- When they start to melt, add 1 cup of heavy cream and stir often as the chocolate continues to melt.
- Add a teaspoon of cinnamon and continue stirring.
- Add the rest of the quart of cream and keep stirring until the chocolate is smooth.
- Add the other 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and the rest of the cream.
- Stir until everything is well combined.
- Add the dulce de leche sauce and optional cayenne pepper. Keep stirring.
- Add the milk slowly as you stir it in. Once it is all well combined, turn fire to medium, stirring often, and let it keep warming until you see steam rising for about 3-5 minutes.
- Remove from fire and ladle into mugs and top with some dulce de leche whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.
Don’t forget to get to the movie before the previews so you can see the new Frozen short – Olaf’s Frozen Adventure! Olaf is so adorable!
Have you seen Disney Pixar COCO yet? I’d love to know what you think about in the comments!
What a fun snack idea. We drink lots of hot chocolate here in the winter, so I am sure my kids will love this and the bone dippers.
This is awesome. The cocoa looks amazing and loving the bone dippers. Too cute.
Oh the Mexican hot chocolate looks SO good! I cant wait to try this out. And the snacks came out perfect! i can never get my baking to be just right! thanks for sharing and we will try this at home!
Love the hot chocolate, the Mexican recipe seems better than our version. Love the bone cookies and very scary.
Ugh, I totally wished I had the stuff to make this right now! We are getting ready to watch a Christmas movie and this would be perfect.
Can’t wait to see Coco – looks like such a cute movie and I love the idea of mexican hot chocolate bone dippers! YUM!!
My nieces and nephews drink hot chocolate a lot in the winter, because of being outside sledding. A great snack and drink for them when they come inside to warm them up.
What a fun recipe to celebrate the movie! I also love how you were able to use the halloween bone mold for another time of the year!
This looks amazing! It’s perfect for the movie’s theme! I also cannot wait to see Coco, I’m sure it’s another moving and inspiring film from Pixar!
I really want to see Coco and I really want to try your hot chocolate! It looks so delicious and perfect for a cold day!
My word! This looks thick and creamy and delicious! Your pictures are making me drool!
looks so cool,delicious and cozy !! perfect for cold day, wishing happy holidays
OHHHHH this looks so good!! There’s a little chocolate shop here that serves some of the best Mexicocoa, but having at home in my jammies, that wins. 🙂 I cannot wait to go see CoCo with my family.
We have not seen Coco yet, but it is on the to do list. I love the idea of making a night of it and having hot chocolate and cookies that go with the movie.
These little snacks are perfect to go along with the movie! I am super excited to see this movie, I know my kids will love it
when my husband tells me that we need to go see a movie, you know it must be good!
That looks like the creamiest hot chocolate ever! I think it would be perfect with those sugar cookies too! My kids can’t wait to see CoCo
We went to see Coco over Thanksgiving. It wasn’t a hit with any of us, besides how beautiful it was. But I know this Mexican Hot Chocolate would be a huge hit since we all love enjoying hot chocolate during these cold winter months.
Hot chocolate is a staple this season and this recipe’s perfect for it and the movie as well! Coco is inspiring and I can’t wait to watch it with my kids.
I really want to try this! It looks perfect for a cold day and I love that it has the COCO theme. My kids are dying to see this movie.
Oh boy do I wish I was sipping on a steaming hot cuppa that chocolatey goodness right now. I’m drooling over here!
These are so cute! My kids have been begging to go and see this! I can’t wait to go! Afterwards we’ll have to make these!
This is so much fun! We haven’t seen the movie yet but are planning to very soon! I’m sure my daughters are going to love it even more when we celebrate our movie day with this yummy hot chocolate!
This is such a fun thing to do and great for the whole family! I’ve not actually heard of this film, perhaps it’ll come to the uk at a later date. I want hot chocolate now!
Oh I so want to see this movie and so do my kids. I have heard so many good things about it. This looks like a great treat!
My kids love everything Disney and they are super excited about Coco. This seems like such a fun and yummy way to celebrate the movie’s release.