Mexican warm-up on a cold U.P. day
A cup of Mexican hot chocolate surely hit the spot on Monday morning as another windy snowstorm hit the area. Chef Michael Chapman served up sweet drinks and history to the Spanish I students of Vicki Volk at Escanaba High school, including Sheyanne Howze. With the snowstorm in progress, what a perfect morning to enjoy a cup of champurrado or Mexican hot chocolate. There is evidence of chocolate beverages dating back to 1900 BC. The Aztecs believed that chocolate was the nectar of the gods. Chef Chapman also served atole, a hot beverage, flavored with sugar and spices. Atole is made from masa harina (dough flour), which is the traditional flour to make tortillas. Students sampled 100% chocolate, and had these topping choices to add to their delicious, hot beverages: chili powder, cayenne pepper, cinnamin sticks, dried Michigan cherries, crushed candy, crumbled bacon and whipped creme. Chapman is a Certified Chef de Cuisine at Pacinos Restaurant.