Mexican Spicy Hot Chocolate

Mexican Spicy Hot Chocolate

This delicious Mexican Spicy Hot Chocolate originates from the Aztecs, the inventors of hot chocolate.  They normally added chillies to their hot chocolate, although this version substitutes the chillies for cayenne pepper to give it that added spicy kick.  This is one very exciting drink!

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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1 Tbs. plus 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 oz. (1/4 cup) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Table salt
  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 7 oz. bittersweet chocolate (65% to 70% cacao), finely chopped (about 1-3/4 cups)
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cayenne; more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

 

 Method

1. In a medium bowl, beat the cream and 1 Tbs. sugar with an electric hand mixer on medium speed to medium-soft peaks.

2. Refrigerate while making the cocoa.

3. Put the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, the cocoa powder, and 1/8 tsp. salt in a heavy-duty 3-quart saucepan.  Add  1/4 cup of the milk and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Pour in the remaining milk and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the chocolate and cayenne and reduce the heat to low. Whisk until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is a little frothy, 1 minute. Add more cayenne to taste, if you like.

4. Divide the hot chocolate among 6 mugs and top each with a dollop of the whipped cream. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon and smoked paprika on the whipped cream and serve.

Full Credit for recipe and photography to Nicole Rees from Fine Cooking

Cheers!

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe

This delicious Chocolate & Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie can be made low fat with low sugar or if you decide to be a little naughty … you can make the smoothie on full cream milk and use honey for your sweetener.  Either way, it’s sure to be a big hit not only because it’s a healthy alternative to the usual smoothie you buy at the store, but because it’s so big on taste that kids and adults alike LOVE IT!  This fabulous little recipe makes a great protein treat on a warm day.

You will find this recipe at a fantastic food blog called Hot Polka Dot which is the cutest name for a blog (in my opinion!) along with her beautiful photography (especially the polka dot cloth!)  Be sure to check out Lindsey’s other recipes.  They’re amazing! (So is the photography!)

Enjoy … Cheers!

 

Chocolate Cake Shot Recipe

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Photo Credit to: Brunch for Every Meal

Check out this alcoholic recipe for a Chocolate Cake Shot which is a popular drink around the globe and this particular one is from Wolfgang Puck’s Restaurant in Vegas.   Try the Recipe here.  Photo credit to Dara’s very entertaining blog called Brunch for Every Meal.

Enjoy … Cheers!