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!

Frangelico Hot Chocolate

Frangelico Hot Chocolate

Check out this sweet recipe for a Frangelico Hot Chocolate (Alcoholic) to warm you up during those cooler evenings.  Original Recipe by the creative Louise Pickford and photography by Steve Brown.

Such a simple yet creative little recipe for this drink, but WOW! … It’s rich.  It’s creamy.  And it’s smooth.

  • 1.5L (6 cups) milk
  • 375ml (1 1/2 cups) thickened cream
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) Frangelico liqueur
  • 200g good-quality dark chocolate, finely chopped
  1. Combine the milk and cream in a large saucepan over high heat. Bring just to the boil. Remove from heat. Stir in Frangelico.
  2. Divide the chocolate among serving glasses. Pour over the Frangelico mixture and serve immediately.

Cheers!