What is Champurrado, Atole and Ponche?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexican cholos dress like gang members?

DEAR MEXICAN: I find myself at odds with my peers because I don't like coffee or coffee drinks. I need to find a substitute beverage that will be tasty yet somehow hip. I've heard Mexicans have magical chocolate drinks called atole, champurrado and chocolate, but I don't know what is in them or what they taste like. Do you have any advice?

Thirsty In OC

DEAR GABACHO: You're a smart gabacho, you know that? Coffee is among mankind's most overrated drinks and has created a nation of babosos who think it's perfectly fine to hacer cola at Starbucks every morning to buy some overpriced chingadera. Mexicans, on the other hand, line up for far-more-flavorful-and-healthy hot drinks every morning. Atole is a gruel made of masa and usually piloncillo (unrefined brown sugar) and cinnamon; Mexis have imbibed it since the Aztecs were stuck in caves in Aztlán. Champurrado is atole mixed with chocolate; chocolate (or, in gaba speak, "Mexican hot chocolate") is—you got it!—hot chocolate, except the sweet stuff is of the bitter, better variety instead of some Nestlé heresy. These drinks are sold year-round at panaderías, but most Mexican restaurants in American barrios start whipping up batches come December, when the cold comes in and a steaming cup of any of the three will take you through the day. Christmastime also brings a seasonal specialty: ponche. Every family has its own ponche recipe; ours includes guayabas, orange, pineapple, apples, cherries, cinnamon, grapes, cloves, piloncillo, tejocotes and whatever else my tías throw in. And after the kiddies have their fill, un piquito de tequila, of course! It's literally just hot fruit punch, but you know us Mexicans: We take the menial and turn it into the celestial.

Mark Dancey

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DEAR MEXICAN: I was shopping at a swap meet one time, and I saw a little 12-year-old girl trying to dress her fresh-from-the-border uncle in some black shades, big ol' baggy pants and a Fubu jersey. My actual question is: Why do border brothers who cannot speak any English like to shave their heads and dress like a cholo? Because, as luck would have it, that uncle was standing in front of me in line, and the back of his gross, pimply, newly shaved head, with its fat rolls, was staring at me.

More of an Affliction Guy

DEAR GABACHO: I tengo que take issue with your generalization of our border brothers—if they all dressed like cholos, then Stetson would've been out of business long ago. But if they do dress like cholos, it's just the usual tale of immigrants shedding the traditions of their mother country and dressing to mimic what's around them. Put them in fancy neighborhoods, and they'll dress in Brooks Brothers; put them out in the fields, and it's all about jeans and long-sleeved shirts to guard against the sun and pesticides. And put them in gang-infested neighborhoods, and it's no surprise they'll dress like cholos. Fashion no es rocket science, cabrón.

 
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39 comments
moosemalloy
moosemalloy

why do Mexican janitors curse so much in Spanish?

whhackett3
whhackett3

Champurrado will always be a reminder of the times my grandfather would watch us while my parents were out. The only other time he'd be in a kitchen was to eat. I wish I had paid more attention because no one has ever made it like he did.

Jose Cuen
Jose Cuen

And what is GANODERMA LUCIDUM ? Well this is what it offers plus a whole lot more.

Jose Cuen
Jose Cuen

Difference between CACAO & CHCOLATE, CACAO is HEALTHIER for everyone.

Jose Cuen
Jose Cuen

For the GABACHO no better CHOCOLATTE in the world than this one made with CACAO not CHCOLATE.

Guillermo Arias
Guillermo Arias

Inmi.s dress like cholos to fit in....."when U in Rome. Do what the romans do "

Boris Garcia
Boris Garcia

I could use a champurrado right now , with this pinche frio brrrr

Marlene Antoinette
Marlene Antoinette

yup that's good stuff just don't like getting sneaked up on in the "hood" while in the parking lot at the market by the "one-ways" in Norwack - 1st time that happened to me I freaked thought I was getting robbed

Marlene Antoinette
Marlene Antoinette

have to introduce my baby girl to champurado - especially since her Colombian grandma has introduced her to Chocolate con queso - not sure if it's a regional thing, I think she is from Ibaque or her own creation of hot chocolate with a piece of cheese in the bottom of the cup

Lisa Davis
Lisa Davis

Other than coffee...not chocolate.

Danny Bigelow
Danny Bigelow

Champurrado and tamales - just about any supermarket parking lot from LA to South San Diego...probably not where there's a Bristol Farms or Trader Joes.

Mina Torres
Mina Torres

We grow up with all kinds of atoles thank God! We born and grow up here but anybody can change our traditions !!

Mina Torres
Mina Torres

Poor Raider-sin Rumbo if with this got diarrhea maybe you never eat beans!!ha!!

Mary Pebbles Dinkel
Mary Pebbles Dinkel

Ponche reminds me of being little and my mama.! Love and family the best

Randy Aguilar
Randy Aguilar

No one knows the difference between the hot liqiuds..all I know is its good with tequila shot.. lol

Xavier Sacramento
Xavier Sacramento

THIS GABACHOS don't Know WHAT ARE MEXICAN DRINKS IS ALL ABOUT ! ? JUST LIKE tepache !!! QUE VIVA MEXICO !!!

Anoosh Jorjorian
Anoosh Jorjorian

Love atole. Wish it didn't take so much attention to make!

David Fletes
David Fletes

Can go for some canela con piquete right now tho! Cold night.

David Limones
David Limones

Hot chocolate and a wet tamale in onr so delicious

Manny Gonzalez-Reyna
Manny Gonzalez-Reyna

<<< Mexican but loooves "Matecito" because my Argentinian best friends used to invite me in Mexico, good times :D

Frank Zamora
Frank Zamora

A la madre con Starbukis, Atole y Champurrado am or pm.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

For the true Mexican hot beverage aficionado's, the great Piolin will piss into a bottle and offer it to anyone lucky enough to be in the room with him. If you don't drink it, he'll rub his dick on you. A true brown standard of his generation. Just don't talk about it or he'll sue you.

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

I agree with the Mexican. Fusila me, even if is only about sweet dranks.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

"...Nestlé heresy." - Probably the biggest truth you have ever written.


 
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