One Filipino drink I love is Hot Chocolate. Christmas and New Year’s eve is celebrated in my family with Hot Chocolate – Filipino Style. The main ingredient Chocolate (Cacao or Tsokolate in Filipino) is available as a round tablet. This is dissolved in hot water in a “batirol” (an iron pitcher) whisked(beaten) with a stick called a “batidor”. This article gives more details on the process and various recipe’s for making Hot Tsokolate.
Pictures of the famous stick
One great place to experience this tradition is at CHOCO-LATE de Batirol. Located at :
Chocolate de Batirol – Baguio Branch
Camp John Hay
Baguio City 2600
with branches in Pampaga.
- Here’s the entrance at the Baguio Branch
The main entrance
It was a nice day and we had our orders taken outside – beautiful weather. The Menu:
We had the traditional blend costing 90 pesos roughly 2-3 USD.
The Tsokolate was superb, very rich and creamy. You normally put sugar to sweeten it. I choose stevia as my sweetener. The thickness of the chocolate superbly frothed hot and tasty. It is a remarkable experience. Combine this with the peacefulness of Baguio, “Choco-late de Batirol”’s ambiance all contributing to one great experience. A lot of memories of Mom, Dad, My Aunts, Cousins, Lola – my Family.
If ever your in Baguio please drop by you wont regret it.