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What is it Wednesday #2

July 24, 2013

Ready for round 2 of What is it Wednesday?

Here it is … can you guess the item?  Leave your answer in the comment section, and be sure to check back next week to see if you had it right!

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And now, what I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for  … the answer to last week’s “What is it Wednesday” !

The featured item was ….

A Molinillo

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The molinillo [moh-lee-NEE-yoh] is a Mexican wood whisk / handmill / stirrer. It is made of turned wood and is used to froth warm drinks such as hot chocolate, Atole, and Champurrado.

Chocolate drinks made from the seeds of cacao trees played a significant role in the lives of the ancient people 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 drinks by placing the handle between your palms and rotating the mandrel in a pot of hot chocolate.  The twisting motion of the rings froths the milk.

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