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molinillo: hot cocoa frother

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

Bring a treasured custom (and delicious treat!) into your home with this traditional Mexican kitchen tool, the Molinillo. Hand carved from solid wood and burned slightly for darker shades, the Molinillo is designed to create rich, frothy pots of hot chocolate from scratch.

Its slender handle makes it easy to twist between your palms, while its smooth pestle bottom softens and grinds chocolate as it dissolves in hot milk. Loose rings aid in whipping air into hot chocolate and eventually results in frothy top. Made in Mexico. Each is one-of-a-kind and may vary in size.

The History of Hot Chocolate: Chocolate drinks made from the seeds of cacao trees played a significant role in lives of the ancient peoples of Mexico. They poured them from one cup into another since the "spirit of the drink" was said to be in the froth. Wooden molinillos are used today to froth hot chocolate.

Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time.

  • details
Handmade
Item ID
17705
Made from
wood
Measurements
Approximate Dimensions 14" L x 3" W (at its widest point)
Notes
Hand wash recommended. Darkens with use. Includes instructions for use.

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MOLINILLO: HOT COCOA FROTHER
 
4.4

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stylish (15)
  • Functional (11)
  • Durable (7)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Easy to clean (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Specialty drinks (11)
  • Anytime (6)
  • Home (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual drinker (10), Coffee aficionado (9), Everyday drinker (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10), Yes (9)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (3)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (5)

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5.0

"I would buy this product again.

By 

from Kansas City Mo

About Me Coffee Aficionado

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Functional
  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Brewing
    • Coffee
    • Specialty Drinks

    Comments about MOLINILLO: HOT COCOA FROTHER:

    My daughter is a barista,and had never seen a Molinillo, she's going to try it at her work.She loves it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Child
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or Hanukkah

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Looks like it will do the trick!

    By 

    from Houston, TX

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Functional

    Cons

    • Huge A Small Club
    • Size

    Best Uses

    • Hot Chocolate

    Comments about MOLINILLO: HOT COCOA FROTHER:

    I thought this would be the right size for a single mug of Mexican hot chocolate. The intended use is for a POT of hot chocolate, so be prepared, it's very big (maybe a foot?).
    We haven't tested it yet, but I'm sure it will make the milk nice and frothy.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Self
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other

    Comment on this review

     
    4.0

    Love this cocoa frother!

    By 

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Casual Drinker

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Functional

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Specialty Drinks

      Comments about MOLINILLO: HOT COCOA FROTHER:

      I worked for a company that sold these many years ago and they were much smaller but still very useful in frothing cocoa. This one is really fairly large and a little cumbersom in the pot.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Husband
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Father’s Day

      Comment on this review

       
      2.0

      Beautiful but doesn't work

      By 

      from Knoxville, TN

      About Me Everyday Drinker

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about MOLINILLO: HOT COCOA FROTHER:

            It's lovely to look at, but it does not froth hot chocolate. Made a pot of hot cocoa, eager for the frothy drink promised in the product description. No froth. Switched to my wire whisk, and it frothed nicely. Yes, I used the proper technique in a tall, narrow pot. Quite dissapointing, and the children were sad that their Christmas gift was a dud.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Delivery was prompt, items packaged well.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Child
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Christmas or Hanukkah

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Awesome gift!

            By 

            from Fort Worth, TX

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Beautiful And Useful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Specialty Drinks

              Comments about MOLINILLO: HOT COCOA FROTHER:

              This product was recommended on a package of Mexican hot cocoa called Abuelita. I found it on this website and gave it to two friends with the hot cocoa. They already used it and loved it!

              Service and delivery comments:

              Delivery was prompt and arrived in good condition.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Other
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Christmas or Hanukkah

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              4.0

              Fun Holiday Gift

              By 

              from Massachusetts

              About Me Everyday Drinker

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Improves Taste
              • Stylish

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Specialty Drinks

                Comments about MOLINILLO: HOT COCOA FROTHER:

                This was a fun and unusual gift for the chocolate lover in my life. She not only loved the idea of the frother, but she thought the design was decorative.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Other
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Christmas or Hanukkah

                Comment on this review

                 
                4.0

                Great gift!

                By 

                from Las Vegas, NV

                About Me Everyday Drinker

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Stylish

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Specialty Drinks

                  Comments about MOLINILLO: HOT COCOA FROTHER:

                  Great gift!

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Prompt delivery. In great condition. Customer service was helpful.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Other
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Birthday

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  4.0

                  Artfully crafted molinillo

                  By 

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Casual Drinker

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Stylish

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Specialty Drinks

                    Comments about MOLINILLO: HOT COCOA FROTHER:

                    Beautifully crafted. Makes a wonderful gift.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Mother
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Christmas or Hanukkah

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Beautiful Product

                    By 

                    from Austin, Tx.

                    About Me Coffee Aficionado

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                    • Bulky

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about MOLINILLO: HOT COCOA FROTHER:

                      Use a large cup or glass or better yet a pitcher to mix your drink with the MOLINILLO. It is too large to use in a cup without a spill over.

                      Comment on this review

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Good for cocoa, but not quite a frother

                      By 

                      from Baltimore, MD

                      About Me Casual Drinker

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Functional
                      • Stylish
                      • Well-made

                      Cons

                      • Didn't froth

                      Best Uses

                      • Cocoa

                      Comments about MOLINILLO: HOT COCOA FROTHER:

                      Got the molinillo as a gift, was pleased that it was beautiful and well-crafted! If you're into making home-made cocoa but have had issues getting all the chocolate to dissolve, this is worth it: the flat bottom definitely makes the chocolate melt much better! However, there was really no frothiness: the froth would dissolve almost immediately. Maybe if it was used with a larger pot of cocoa?

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