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Panamanian Chicheme

Chicheme is a very popular and traditional drink found only in Panama.

Serves 8
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 60 mins
Inactive Time 2 hrs


  • 1/2 lb Chicheme (Maíz "Trillado")
  • 5 cups Water
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1.5 cups Evaporated Milk
  • 1.5 cup Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Fresh Ground Nutmeg for serving


  1. Soak the corn overnight in the fridge.
  2. Cook the corn with the water (add the cinnamon sticks), and the salt until the corn starts breaking apart for about 40 minutes to 1 hour. (You can add extra hot water if it dries up before the corn has softened up).
  3. Let it cool off a bit and add the sugar, milk, and vanilla extract, stir until the sugar completely dissolves. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Serve cold with fresh ground nutmeg, add more milk if you prefer a thinner drink.
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