Don't knock it till you've tried it. This rich, delicious, and kicky hot chocolate might make you abandon your traditional ties. No marshmallows needed; this is for grown-ups. Everything in this recipe can be altered to suit your taste, however I recommend following the recipe to the letter the first time you try.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
2 mins
total:
7 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 serving
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Mix the hot chocolate mix, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper together in a mug.

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  • Pour the milk into a glass measuring cup; heat in microwave on High until it begins to boil, about 2 minutes. Slowly pour over the mixture in the mug, stirring with a small whisk as you pour. Enjoy immediately.

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Nutrition Facts

224 calories; protein 9.8g; carbohydrates 33.5g; fat 5.8g; cholesterol 19.5mg; sodium 221.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2010
I've been putting cayenne and cinnamon in my hot chocolate for years but one other thing I add that makes it even more wonderful is about 1/8-1/4 tsp of ginger powder. Trust me...it's so delicious! Also I don't use instant hot chocolate. I use about a cup and a half of milk 2 tbls of cocoa powder and 2 tbls of sugar. I whisk it all together along with the spices over the stove. Just till blended and hot (don't boil it). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/02/2011
it was good but I think I might've put in a liiitttllleee too much cayenne pepper so it was a bit too spicy for my taste.... Read More
(11)
42 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 31
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2010
I've been putting cayenne and cinnamon in my hot chocolate for years but one other thing I add that makes it even more wonderful is about 1/8-1/4 tsp of ginger powder. Trust me...it's so delicious! Also I don't use instant hot chocolate. I use about a cup and a half of milk 2 tbls of cocoa powder and 2 tbls of sugar. I whisk it all together along with the spices over the stove. Just till blended and hot (don't boil it). Read More
(84)
Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2010
Delicious! Instead of instant cocoa I used 3 teaspoons regular cocoa and 3 teaspoons sugar mixed in 1/2 dl of water. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/28/2011
I added a shot of espresso. Too much cinnamon for me. More like a 1/4 teaspoon would be better. I had some freshly opened cayenne so a pinch was nice and spicy. The older your pepper the more you need. Don't recommend heating the milk to boiling point. It ruins the milk. I like to use almond milk for extra richness. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2010
Yum! I go to Mexico often and this is authentic! I'd even suggest adding about 3 T boiling water to thin it out just a bit. A real keeper. I used Mexican cocoa instead of instant hot cocoa mix. Tastes like it could ward off a cold too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2011
In the wintertime I like to have a cup of hot chocolate before I go to bed at night. It's both warming and relaxing. I ran across this recipe and was apprehensive about the amount of cinnamon and the addition of cayenne. But I have seen so many cayenne/chocolate parings lately that I decided to try it. SO much better than plain hot chocolate! I WILL have this often -- thanks! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2011
This was a real treat! I used a tbsp of really good unsweetened cocoa powder and about 1 tsp superfine sugar in place of the prepared hot chocolate mix which made it even more delicious. I even used skim milk and it was rich creamy and satisfying perfect for warming up after playing in the snow! My daughter liked hers with just the cinnamon and I probably went a little light on that in hers. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/02/2011
it was good but I think I might've put in a liiitttllleee too much cayenne pepper so it was a bit too spicy for my taste.... Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2010
Don't let the cayenne scare you. This hot chocolate tastes just like red hot cinnamon candy. Or in my case an Atomic Fire Ball because I use a BIG pinch of cayenne. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2011
My entire family loved this. I was unsure at first but my hubby now believes this is his favorite hot drink. All three of the kids enjoyed it as well. It's a keeper. I made it just as recipe says. Read More
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