El Submarino the Argentinian Hot Chocolate

The El Submarino is a fun and tasty Hot Chocolate treat the whole family will love.

The El Submarino comes to us from Buenos Aires, Argentina. This recipe for Hot Chocolate is made from a mug of hot milk with sugar and vanilla mixed in. A few thick rectangles of dark chocolate are served alongside it. The chocolate is the “submarine” and you sink the chocolate and stir it in the hot milk, turning it into a Hot Chocolate drink.

Ways to Make Hot Chocolate

There are two basic ways to make hot chocolate, from a pre-mixed powder or by melting chocolate in warm milk. Bother are good but one is more fun than the other.

How to Store Chocolate

When chocolate is kept at a consistent temperature below 70°F (ideally between 65 and 68°F), and at a humidity of less than 55%, the emulsion of cocoa solids and cocoa butter will stay stable for months.

History of Chocolate

Chocolate’s 4,000-year history began in ancient Mesoamerica, present-day Mexico. It’s here that the first cacao plants were found. The Olmec, one of the earliest civilizations in Latin America, was the first to turn the cacao plant into chocolate. They drank their chocolate during rituals and used it as medicine.

The Metropolitan City of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, officially the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, is the capital and largest city of Argentina. The Greater Buenos Aires conurbation, which also includes several Buenos Aires Province districts, constitutes the fourth-most populous metropolitan area in the Americas, with a population of around 15.6 million.

It is also the second-largest city south of the Tropic of Capricorn. Buenos Aires’ quality of life was ranked 91st in the world in 2018, being one of the best in Latin America. In 2012, it was the most visited city in South America and the second-most visited city in Latin America.

A Brief History of Buenos Aries

The city of Buenos Aires was first established as Ciudad de Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Ayre after Our Lady of Bonaria (Patroness Saint of Sardinia) on 2 February 1536 by a Spanish expedition led by Pedro de Mendoza.

Historically, Buenos Aires has been Argentina’s main venue of liberal, free-trading, and foreign ideas. In contrast, many of the provinces, especially those to the city’s northwest, advocated a more nationalistic and Catholic approach to political and social issues.

During most of the 19th century, the political status of the city remained a sensitive subject. It was already the capital of Buenos Aires Province, and between 1853 and 1860 it was the capital of the seceded State of Buenos Aires. The issue was fought out more than once on the battlefield, until the matter was finally settled in 1880 when the city was federalized and became the seat of government, with its mayor appointed by the president.

Tourism in Buenos Aries

Buenos Aires is a pulsating, passionate, cosmopolitan city. The combination of rich architectural and cultural heritage, modern creative energy, electric nightlife, unique traditions, a vibrant arts scene, extensive parks, and warm, friendly hosts makes it one of the world’s most exciting capitals.

In Buenos Aires city center is the Plaza de Mayo, lined with stately 19th-century buildings including Casa Rosada, the iconic, balconied presidential palace. Other major attractions include Teatro Colón, a grand 1908 opera house with nearly 2,500 seats, and the modern MALBA museum, displaying Latin American art.

There are dozens of reasons to visit, hence why the city has repeatedly been voted the best in Latin America by users of TripAdvisor.

The cuisine of Buenos Aries

The cuisine of Buenos Aires reflects its multicultural profile as a derives mix of different cultures and influences including the indigenous peoples of Argentina. Beef is the national dish of Argentina and many dishes contain meat prepared in different ways.

Café Martínez
C1193AAF, Av. Corrientes 3303, 1193 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Café Martínez
Café Martínez

You can trust the authentic style and the quality of food at Café Martínez. The staff treats you like long-lost friends making sure that every whim you have is answered. Your Spanish may be a bit on the shy side, but this wouldn’t matter – the servers will help you understand the dishes and make a good choice.

How to Make This El Submarino Recipe

This recipe for hot chocolate is quick and easy to make with just 4 ingredients. It’s important to only warm your milk enough to melt the chocolate.

What You Will Need to Make an El Submarino

Equipment Needed

  • 1 Saucepan
  • 4 Coffee Mugs

Ingredients Needed

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 oz dark chocolate broken into 1-ounce pieces

Time needed: 15 minutes.

How to Cook the El Submarino Hot Chocolate

  1. Mix the Ingredients

    Pour the milk into a saucepan. Stir in the sugar and vanilla.

  2. Heat the Mixture

    Heat the milk slowly over low heat until it is just about to boil. Do not let it boil.

  3. Garnish and Serve

    Remove from the heat and divide the milk into 4 mugs. Serve each mug with a few pieces of chocolate.

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El Submarino the Argentinian Hot Chocolate

El Submarino ~ Argentinian Hot Chocolate

Recipe Author | Captain Cook
El Submarino is way more fun and tasty than its American counterpart. Your kids will love making their own hot chocolate.

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Beverages
Cuisine Argentinian
Servings 4 cups
Calories 348 kcal




  • Pour the milk into a saucepan.
    4 cups whole milk
  • Stir in the sugar and vanilla.
    1/4 cup white sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Heat the milk slowly over low heat until it is just about to boil. Do not let it boil.
  • Remove from the heat and divide the milk into 4 mugs.
  • Serve each mug with a piece of chocolate. After serving drop the chocolate into the warm milk and stir until dissolved.
    4 oz dark chocolate


Serving: 1cupCalories: 348kcalCarbohydrates: 40.5gProtein: 10gFat: 16.3gSaturated Fat: 10.4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 120mgPotassium: 456mgFiber: 1gSugar: 40.1gCalcium: 329mgIron: 1mg
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  • By Carlos Adampol Galindo – originally posted to Flickr as Caminito en Buenos Aires, Argentina, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5853737
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