An excellent recipe for a cool nights. A festive drink for the holidays after caroling. Use flavors like peppermint extract and garnish with candy cane for festive Christmas holiday. It's also very good with Baileys® Irish cream and mint. Garnish with some mint leaves on top of the whipped cream. Can be cook in a slow cooker as well. Top with whipped cream, caramel, and chocolate chips.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and salt together in a small bowl.

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  • Bring milk to a boil in a saucepan, whisking constantly. Whisk in cocoa mixture until dissolved, reduce heat to low, and simmer until flavors combine, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

  • Stir cream into hot chocolate and pour into mugs.

Nutrition Facts

414 calories; protein 10.1g; carbohydrates 52.5g; fat 20g; cholesterol 65.2mg; sodium 149.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (2)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2015
The title says it all almost. It's rich and spicy....but it left out creamy and smooth. Yum! This is a great combo of texture and flavour. It is hard to believe you can say so much about hot chocolate but it really is that complex. It is very spicy. I couldn't taste the vanilla. I suggest decreasing the amount of cayenne and tasting it; you can always add more before it is served. I used almond milk and coconut cream instead of dairy. I didn't have mint but think the submitter is right and a touch of mint may very well be a plus here. That will be for the next time!:-) Thank you ScratchCook for this delicious recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/09/2015
It IS rich and creamy but the cinnamon and cayenne overpower it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2015
The title says it all almost. It's rich and spicy....but it left out creamy and smooth. Yum! This is a great combo of texture and flavour. It is hard to believe you can say so much about hot chocolate but it really is that complex. It is very spicy. I couldn't taste the vanilla. I suggest decreasing the amount of cayenne and tasting it; you can always add more before it is served. I used almond milk and coconut cream instead of dairy. I didn't have mint but think the submitter is right and a touch of mint may very well be a plus here. That will be for the next time!:-) Thank you ScratchCook for this delicious recipe. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/09/2015
It IS rich and creamy but the cinnamon and cayenne overpower it. Read More