Spicy Hot Cocoa

27 Jun

I love my spicy hot cocoa recipe! Pre mixed hot chocolate powders often contain high levels of sugar and other unnecessary additives but this recipe allows the quality of the pure cocoa powder to shine through.

The chilli powder should give a subtle warmth down your throat as you swallow. If it’s burning your mouth or overpowering the flavour, you’ve added too much. Start with the smallest pinch and taste for heat before adding more.

I sometimes substitute the cocoa powder for fine dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa) and eliminate the sugar since the chocolate is already sweetened.

Play around with the recipe to suit your taste and try adding a twist such as orange peel or vanilla bean paste. What more could you want on a winters night than a steaming hot cup of cocoa.

1 cup of full cream milk

A pinch of hot chilli powder

Vanilla sugar to taste

Cinnamon powder to taste

2 heaped dessert spoons of cocoa powder

Add all ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir well until all the dry ingredients are dissolved into the milk and serve hot.


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