- In the Yucatán chocolateras are in use; they have a molinillo built into their lid.
- Although there is evidence of pre-Hispanic antecendents, it is deemed to be a utensil invented during the vice-regal period.
A molinillo is a utensil originally made from wood worked on a lathe. It is used as a beater, twirling it between the palms of the hands to dissolve the main ingredient and create foam during the preparation of traditional sweet drinks such as chocolate, atole and champurrado.
The simplest are just one piece with dented edges, although there are others with loose rings that move as the utensil is twirled.
It is a common implement throughout Mexico, although Michoacán, Oaxaca and the State of Mexico produce artisanal models that are outstanding for their decoration and complexity.