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Chocolate Tamales

Christmas came and went but that doesn’t mean that tamale season is over.  Oh no, no, no, that was just the beginning.

Just after the New Year, we continue the celebration with Dia de Reyes, Three King’s Day or Epiphany.  In the evening of January 6, Mexican families gather around the dining room table and partake in the Rosca de Reyes, or Three Kings Cake.  Inside this special cake shaped like a festive wreath is a tiny figurine of baby Jesus symbolically hiding from King Herod.

When the rosca is served, tradition says that the person who finds the figurine must host a celebration on February 2nd, Candlemans Day.  The celebration calls for a feast, and what is customarily served at this feast?  Tamales of course!

Earlier this month I was invited by Nestlé Kitchens and El Mejor Nido to host an event that celebrated holiday traditions.  The event included a fun-filled day of tamale making, and empanada stuffing with fellow food bloggers.

Chris Garbosky and Natalie Samarge from Nestlé Kitchens led the cooking sessions with simple and delicious recipes.  Aprons on and ready to work, we prepared Zucchini and Corn Tamales, Chicken and Poblano Tamales and Chocolate Tamales.

PhotobucketWith Natalie and Chris of Nestlé Kitchens

During the empanada session, we laughed and chatted over Baked Chicken Empanadas, Sweet and Savory Beef Empanadas and a very special recipe I developed for Nestlé earlier this year, Creamy Pineapple and Coconut Empanadas.

After all our hard work, we treated ourselves with our own culinary tamale and empanada creations and got to know how each of us celebrate the holidays around our kitchen table.
PhotobucketEl Mejor Nido is a great resource for recipes inspired by Latinos that fuse their Hispanic and American traditions.  From Tamaladas to cookie and empanada exchanges, you will find everything you need for your next menu plan.

If you haven’t already seen it in stores, El Mejor Nido has released a beautiful Holiday Traditions Book that celebrates you! The book contains some of the best favorite traditional and new recipes that are easy and quick to prepare.

Thank you so much Nestlé for a great day full of laughter, learning and cooking!

Check out the slide show of this fun event and enter to win  a Holiday Traditions book and basket with Nestlé  products below.


To Enter: in the comments below, tell me what your favorite holiday tradition is.
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Open to U.S. Residents only. No PO Boxes, please. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Contest ends January 9, 2012 at 11:59 PM, PST and one (1) winner will be randomly chosen from all entries through 

This is part of a sponsored campaign with El Mejor Nido. All opinions expressed are my own.

Recipe photo and recipe courtesy of Nestlé Kitchens

Chocolate Tamales

Yield: 14

Chocolate Tamales


  • 14 large dry corn husks
  • 2 cans (7.6 fluid ounces each) NESTLÉ Media Crema, divided
  • 1/4 cup NESTLÉ LA LECHERA Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablets (90 grams each) NESTLÉ ABUELITA Chocolate
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups masa harina flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups warm milk


  1. SOAK husks in warm water for at least 1 hour or until softened and easy to fold.
  2. COMBINE 1 can media crema, sweetened condensed milk and cinnamon in small bowl; refrigerate.
  3. PLACE Abuelita chocolate and remaining 1 can media crema in medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or until completely melted and smooth. Remove from heat; set aside.
  4. BEAT butter in large bowl until creamy. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Alternately add flour mixture, milk and Abuelita mixture to butter, mixing well after each addition until consistency of thick cake batter (masa). (If masa is dry add a few tablespoons of warm milk; mix well.)
  5. SPREAD 1/4 cup masa mixture, using back of a spoon, to form a square in the center of the lower wider portion of one husk. Fold right then left edge of husk over masa. Fold up bottom edge. Repeat with remaining masa mixture and husks.
  6. PLACE vegetable steamer in pot with lid; add water to just below steamer. Arrange tamales upright in steamer rack. Cover top of tamales with a damp towel; cover. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Steam, adding water as needed, for about 1 hour or until masa pulls away from husks. Serve warm with media crema sauce.

  • adam @unorthodoxepicureDecember 29, 2012 - 7:35 am

    Oh, yes! With this post, you have a follower for life!ReplyCancel

    • nibblesandfeastsDecember 29, 2012 - 1:07 pm

      Thank you! Tamales will do that to you! I love them 😉ReplyCancel

  • YvetteDecember 29, 2012 - 9:58 am

    Had a great time at Surfas. Thank you for including me.
    Wish we had more time to chat and shop 😉 Salud to your cooking adventures in 2013.ReplyCancel

    • nibblesandfeastsDecember 29, 2012 - 1:07 pm

      Thanks for joining us Yvette! Hope to see you soon!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn GutierrezDecember 29, 2012 - 10:15 am

    I did ask 6!!!!ReplyCancel

  • AllyDecember 29, 2012 - 12:22 pm

    I love, love, love get togethers with friends while we’re all home from school!ReplyCancel

  • Marnely Rodriguez-MurrayDecember 29, 2012 - 2:31 pm

    Love my Mom’s potato salad and my Dad’s flan during the holidays!ReplyCancel

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  • KAthy SDecember 29, 2012 - 8:48 pm

    We make Gingerbread houses every year. Fun times!ReplyCancel

  • Isabel GarciaDecember 29, 2012 - 10:38 pm

    Yes, tamales season continues! My mom and I are planning to make some sweet tamales, including Chipile tamales before winter is over. Absolutely loved your post, amiga! I am really curious how the chocolate tamales taste. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Carmen LuceroDecember 30, 2012 - 6:29 pm

    During the holidays we enjoy eating all our favorite “winter” treats, tamales, champurrado and don’t forget the “calientitos” My mom has been dead for 22 years and she’s the one that used to make the calientitos. My husband and I just moved back to El Paso and miss all those goodies, so starting this year, I’m in charge of making, bunuelos, champurrados and calientitos – I’m also going to try the Chocolate Abuelita tamales – I hope I don’t lend someone in the hospital LOL! Thanks for the chance to win!


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    I follow El Mejor Nido on Facebook.

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    I tweeted about the contest.

    Thanks for the chance!

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    I follow nib bles and feast on FB!

    Thanks again for all the entries!

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    I follow Nibbles and Feasts on Twitter.

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  • rachelDecember 30, 2012 - 8:07 pm

    I like making Christmas cut-out cookies with my family.ReplyCancel

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    Opening stockings in front of the fireplace on Christmas morning.ReplyCancel

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  • Mallery SchuplinJanuary 3, 2013 - 6:16 pm

    My favorite tradition is Christmas morning and the pile of bacon! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lilyana CruzJanuary 5, 2013 - 10:58 pm

    Mi tradiccion Favorita Navidena es estar acompanada de mis seres queridos!!
    Esta Vez cenamos tamales con atole de tamarindo, ponche, godornices horneadas con ensalada fria, y chocoflan, pero lo que mas disfrutan misnenes sin duda es abrir los regalos1 Nos encanta la navidad 😉
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  • mary blackDecember 16, 2014 - 4:41 pm

    the choco tamales sound so good.ReplyCancel

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