Hot chocolate could warm you up on a cold day, but what about those unmercifully cold sub-zero days? This recipe uses a combination of spices and creamy chocolate to create a smooth drink with a lingering warmth. Garnish with a candy cane or cinnamon stick if desired.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
35 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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  • Place the white chocolate in a medium metal bowl over a pan of barely simmering water, or in the top half of a double boiler. Allow the chocolate to melt, stirring occasionally until smooth. Stir in cayenne pepper and cinnamon. Whisk in the egg until smooth.

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  • Gradually whisk in one cup of the milk until completely incorporated, about 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in remaining milk, and heat until hot, but not simmering. You do not want a skin to form on top of the milk. It will be ready to drink when either the taste of the cayenne is masked by the temperature of the milk (the spiciness of the pepper will remain), or when the hot chocolate is at your desired temperature. Ladle the hot chocolate into mugs and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Nutrition Facts

344 calories; protein 10.6g; carbohydrates 34.6g; fat 18.6g; cholesterol 71.2mg; sodium 136.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2005
Now this stuff is awesome! I have always been a white chocolate fan. I also love cayenne pepper. I never would have dreamed of ever having the two together. I can't say enough good about it. Best hot chocolate I ever had! Beware though! Do not drink too much! This will do to you the same as eating too much candy will do to you. You stomach will not feel well trust me. You can have too much of a good thing. Still 5 stars for sure! Emailing this one all over the place! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/18/2011
This was okay. It tasted kinda funny to me. Read More
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49 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2005
Now this stuff is awesome! I have always been a white chocolate fan. I also love cayenne pepper. I never would have dreamed of ever having the two together. I can't say enough good about it. Best hot chocolate I ever had! Beware though! Do not drink too much! This will do to you the same as eating too much candy will do to you. You stomach will not feel well trust me. You can have too much of a good thing. Still 5 stars for sure! Emailing this one all over the place! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2005
This was nice twist on regular hot chocolate. I didn't have any cayenne papper on hand so I substituted chili powder instead and it was still pretty good. You may want to strain it before you drink it if you don't like little bits of floating spices. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2006
easy to make gourmet hot chocolate. my friends told me they aren't going to starbucks anymore to get their white hot chocolate. they'll just come round my house instead! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2008
Cayanne Pepper in white hot chocolate? I said no way. But then I tasted it. YES WAY! Its amazing! You can not taste it only feel the warmth and spicyness. I added more. Everyone who tasted it couldn't get enough and no one could tell what the secret ingredient was- although they knew it was there. I made four batches last night and can't wait to make more! Add a little aged rum and WOW (look for a # on the bottle or "anejo" for aged rum). To the person who used Chilli powder- that's not even close. Cayanne give heat not flavor. Chilli peppers do the opposite. I bet with Chilli it was gross. You should try it again with Cayenne you'll love it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2008
Yum! I have been waiting to try this and this morning it was finally cold enough! The pepper freaked me out a little but once I tasted it...no more! On the reheat I did add about a tsp of vanilla which made it even more tasty. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2008
My new favorite hot chocolate. I'm afraid to add the egg but it's still great without it. If you want to go hotter just add more pepper and cinnamon. Fantastic. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/24/2004
mmmm yummy. I think the egg overpowers the drink a little but the cayenne pepper definitely adds a kick and warms your throat quickly. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2007
This was very good. I've been wanting to make this recipe for a long time and finally did today- it's freezing outside and there is snow everywhere. A good day to stay inside be cozy and drink hot chocolate. This recipe took a little time to make- melting the chocolate adding the egg then the milk and heating it slowly. But it's worth it. I used a Pyrex bowl on top of a pan of simmering water and did the whole recipe in the bowl. My husband was on hand to help me make this and I was glad when I got to the adding milk to egg part. Two pairs of hands are helpful there. I only added a dash of cayenne. The whole family enjoyed this- the babies had thiers with a candy cane stirrer. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2009
Pretty good. I think it's just a little too eggy for me though. It's got a oldfashioned custard taste to it. Read More
(11)
Rating: 3 stars
01/18/2011
This was okay. It tasted kinda funny to me. Read More
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