It’s National Hot Chocolate Day! Kapampángans’ own traditional hot chocolate is a popular Christmastime beverage prepared by mixing pure cacao with a traditional whisk called a batirul or muliníliu!
BATIRUL • (buh-ti-ROOL)
(1) heirloom tool (vessel and/or whisk) used for making traditional hot chocolate
(2) hot chocolate made with the said tool
The whisk is also called a muliníliu (from Spanish molinillo).
Tagálog (Filipino): batiról
From Spanish batidor “whisk”
MULINÍLIU • (moo-li-NEE-lyoo)
traditional wooden whisk twirled between the palms to stir and make hot chocolate
Tagálog (Filipino): molinílyo
From Spanish molinillo (traditional Mexican wood whisk used for making hot chocolate)
Kapampángan Christmas Beverage
SUKLÁTING BATIRUL (Tsokoláte de Batiról)
Heirloom Kapampángan Hot Chocolate
Sukláting batirul is the Kapampángan traditional hot chocolate popular during Christmas that is made from tablea or pure ground roasted cacao beans formed into blocks. Tablea is mixed with sweet condensed milk, evaporated milk, and water over a light to medium fire. It is mixed with a traditional whisk called batirul or muliníliu by rubbing it between the palms. What makes Kapampángan sukláting batirul unique is that peanuts or peanut butter is often added for an additional taste!
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