Rating: 3.95 stars
38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2

This is a spiced version of hot chocolate that is absolutely fantastic. It can be a little rich, though. As with any recipe, you should try it first. Adjust the spices to your preference. If the drink is a bit rich for your taste you can add a cup of water to cut it down a bit.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
5 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 cups
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat until lukewarm; stir the cocoa powder and sugar into the warmed milk until dissolved. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, chili powder, nutmeg, and cloves. Heat another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Nutrition Facts

118 calories; protein 8.8g; carbohydrates 20.5g; fat 0.7g; cholesterol 4.9mg; sodium 106mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (27)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2009
Oooh this is just divine! My teenage son nagged me constantly to make this so I devised a short cut: Mix all the dry ingredients together. To make one cup use a very slightly rounded tablespoonful of the dry mix and add a little boiling water stirring to make a thin paste. Then add the hot milk a drop of vanilla top with marshmallows and enjoy! I also add a pinch of salt to bring out the flavor. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/16/2009
I looked repeately at the recipe to see what I did wrong. The only change I made was 1% milk instead of skim. It came out like lightly chocolate flavored water. In an attempt to salvage - I doubled the cocoa powder and sugar and it was slightly better. Then I added a couple sprinkles salt again a little better but not worthwhile. Then I added about 1/4 heavy cream. An improvement but not good. Then ended up adding 4 squares of Lindt Dark Chili chocolate bar. With the changes I would give it a 2 or 3. Definitely won't make this again. I recommend trying a smaller version before you go with the whole recipe. The grainy texture from the spices was not pleasant either. I'll keep looking. Read More
(9)
38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2009
Oooh this is just divine! My teenage son nagged me constantly to make this so I devised a short cut: Mix all the dry ingredients together. To make one cup use a very slightly rounded tablespoonful of the dry mix and add a little boiling water stirring to make a thin paste. Then add the hot milk a drop of vanilla top with marshmallows and enjoy! I also add a pinch of salt to bring out the flavor. Read More
(53)
Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2009
This hot chocolate is amazing! At first i was skeptical because chili powder isnt something you normally pair with chocolate but it gives it a strangely attractive flavor. I substituted 2c milk with vanilla "Silk" (soymilk) and it still turned out delicious. be sure to stir very well before drinking and keep a spoon handy while drinking because everything settles. otherwise this is one of the very best mugs of chocolate i've ever had. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2015
If it is a bit too rich you can cut it down with a small amount of water. Edit: six years later. I should add that you must use finely ground spices otherwise you aren't going to have a good time when you drink this. Anyone who claims the hot coco was too gritty did not use finely ground spices. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/16/2009
I looked repeately at the recipe to see what I did wrong. The only change I made was 1% milk instead of skim. It came out like lightly chocolate flavored water. In an attempt to salvage - I doubled the cocoa powder and sugar and it was slightly better. Then I added a couple sprinkles salt again a little better but not worthwhile. Then I added about 1/4 heavy cream. An improvement but not good. Then ended up adding 4 squares of Lindt Dark Chili chocolate bar. With the changes I would give it a 2 or 3. Definitely won't make this again. I recommend trying a smaller version before you go with the whole recipe. The grainy texture from the spices was not pleasant either. I'll keep looking. Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
06/11/2011
This was our Saturday morning early breakfast treat. I made the recipe exact warmed it through while wisking then taste-testing. I didn't think it had enough cocoa powder so I added another three tablespoons. After that it was just right. My kids especially enjoyed it--the grownups used their cocoa to make fancy mocha coffee. Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
12/06/2010
Wonderful blend of flavors! I've been watching my carbs and sugars so I made a couple of alterations: I used unsweetened almond milk and used Truvia instead of sugar. I'll be making this by the cup so followed the suggestion to mix the dry ingredients (except sugar). I then put a rounded 1/2 T of the mix in a mug with a bit of vanilla and then enough boiling water to make a paste. I then added my almond milk slowly to blend and put the mug in the microwave for about 1 1/2 min. I added one packet of Truvia but may be able to use less next time. It's not quite as rich as I'd like it to be but wonderful when you're missing hot chocolate this time of year. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/17/2010
Too much spice not enough chocolate. I only put a pinch of cloves everything else stayed the same. It was really gritty (filtering is a must) I guess it would be good with some tweaking but the spices are just too much as written. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/23/2010
It has an awful aftertaste like I just ate a spoonful of powdered spices. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2009
Very good. It's been crazy cold lately and my mom keeps asking me to make her this hot coco.:) The best part about this recipe is the chili powder it keeps you feeling warm even after you finish the drink. Read More
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