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Mexican Hot Chocolate Is A Breakfast Must-Have For Dia De Los Muertos
By Cynthia Anaya
The Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a two-day holiday observed on November 1 and 2 every year in which thousands of people honor their late loved ones. A common beverage for this annual celebration is Mexican hot chocolate, and it serves a distinct purpose on Día de Los Muertos.
Mexican hot chocolate is a rich beverage that typically consists of a mixture of chocolate, milk, and other ingredients like brown sugar, chili powder, and cinnamon. The use of chocolate in rituals dates back centuries, as earlier Mayans used chocolate to escort people through their journey after death.
In modern Día de Los Muertos celebrations, celebrants believe that offering hot chocolate and food on altars will entice the spirits of their deceased loved ones to return for a visit. Although the chocolate is intended to honor the dead, the living often drink it at the altar as part of the celebration.