The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl, the God of wisdom who was hated by the other gods for giving cacao to humans. The seeds had so much value they were used as a form of currency. Originally prepared only as a drink, chocolate was served bitter and spicy. Often this gift from the gods was reserved for royalty and religious leadership. It was believed to give strength and so was added to a soldier's rations. Later it was seen as an aphrodisiac which made it much more popular. I have used their spirit as inspiration for this sweet and spicy rice pudding.

E.D.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine water, rice, and cinnamon in a large pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low, cover pot, and simmer until all the water has been absorbed, about 20 minutes.

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  • Mix milk, sugar, cocoa powder, cayenne pepper, and vanilla extract into rice mixture, increase heat to high; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Remove pot from heat and pour pudding into a large glass bowl; let sit for 30 minutes before serving.

Cook's Note:

For a special sacred experience, double the cayenne pepper (2 tablespoons) and reduce the sugar by half (1/2 cup). Enjoy it the way the Aztecs would have!

For best results, cover and refrigerate overnight.

Nutrition Facts

314 calories; protein 6.5g 13% DV; carbohydrates 68.7g 22% DV; fat 2.4g 4% DV; cholesterol 4.9mg 2% DV; sodium 32.3mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2015
I'm not used to hot desserts, so this took a while to adjust! I don't think I will ever be ready for the sacred experience of doubling the pepper!!! This was easy to make. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/17/2015
This was good except for the amount of cayenne it called for. I don't care how spicy you like your food this is way over the top. I'd recommend changing the amount to 1/4 of the amount the recipe calls for and then increase from there depending on your taste. Otherwise wonderful with a smooth creamy consistency. Read More
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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2015
I'm not used to hot desserts, so this took a while to adjust! I don't think I will ever be ready for the sacred experience of doubling the pepper!!! This was easy to make. Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
03/17/2015
This was good except for the amount of cayenne it called for. I don't care how spicy you like your food this is way over the top. I'd recommend changing the amount to 1/4 of the amount the recipe calls for and then increase from there depending on your taste. Otherwise wonderful with a smooth creamy consistency. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2015
Great recipe with a twist. I only added a 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and was plenty of heat. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/31/2017
I only used 1teaspoon of cayane pepper and it was still to hot for me and I eat jalapeños. I would make again and just leave out the pepper. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/28/2017
I made it and substituted the milk for soy milk. I agree with the cayenne pepper it is way too much. I would put half the amount next time or quarter of the amount. I should have read the reviews first. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2016
Excellent. I used half of the called for cayenne. Gives you the pepper and makes you search for the cocoa! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/07/2020
Extremely spicy! Even my son, who eats all things spicy, couldn't eat it. If you make it, I would recommend reducing the cayenne to a teaspoon or less. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2020
Great and TRADITIONAL that is why it is spicy. It is a traditional dish and is meant to pack a punch. Yummy! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
03/25/2020
I made as directed. It keeps thickening as it sits, turning into more of a paste consistency. I like the idea of chocolate and cayenne, but would like it better in a hot drink. Just my preference. Read More
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