If you come from a Spanish-speaking home you’ve probably heard the little rhyme that counts to three and spells out chocolate. If not, you might have learned it from the breakthrough interactive bilingual show, Dora the Explorer. Either way, this popular song is a fun way to learn about a delicious custom of making a frothy hot chocolate drink by whipping or beating it with a whisk.
Where does the song come from? It’s hard to tell since it seems to be quite old. Versions of this little rhyme has been found in children’s schoolbooks from Spain dating back to the 1600’s. The lyrics are simple and really easy to learn for Spanish and non-Spanish speakers, alike. The song counts to three (uno, dos tres), then it spells out the word “chocolate”(CHO CO LA TE). The word “báte” is from the Spanish verb “batear” meaning to whip or beat.
Why is the chocolate being beaten or whipped? It’s how this version of the drink is prepared. Instead of just heating and drinking, you make this treat by putting all the delicious ingredients together, heating them up and then whisking them together with a tool called a molinillo.
A molinillo is a special type of whisk. It’s a carved stick that is rubbed back and forth between your hands. By whipping the chocolate like this, extra air is added to the drink giving it a lighter, fluffier texture. It’s my guess that it took a bit of time to get the chocolate really light and fluffy, so a counting song would probably help pass the time while the drink was being prepared, especially if a child was helping out and lending a hand in rubbing the molinillo back and forth.
Many cooks have their favorite recipes for creating the delicious hot chocolate drink but you can’t go wrong in trying some of the pre-made hot chocolate mixes such as “Abuelita”. It’s a great way to venture into the world of Mexican hot chocolate. In fact, you can win a kit – that includes a container of Abuelita chocolate mix and a fancy, carved molinillo stick right here, compliments of DARIA MUSIC. See details below
Báte, Báte Chocolate – Online Lyrics
Báte, Báte Chocolate- Printable Lyric Sheet
Free Download of Báte, Báte Chocolate on DARIA’s monthly song page
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