Spiced Hot Chocolate

As we’re approaching the end of this long winter, I received a request from a reader for a hot chocolate recipe. If you’re reading this blog, you know that I prefer my desserts and sweet beverages on the less sweet side. This hot chocolate is rich and has a lot of depth without being cloying. The addition of chili powder gives it a nice, smoky punch!


Serves 2.


3 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate shavings, plus more to sprinkle on top

2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch cocoa

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pasilla, ancho, or cayenne (or to taste)

Pinch of salt (optional)

2 cups organic milk


1. Combine cocoa, chocolate shavings, sugar, chili powder in saucepan over medium low heat. Whisk continually until chocolate is melted. Gradually whisk in milk and bring to a simmer. Take off of heat and pour into two mugs. Top with additional chocolate shavings and an optional pinch of salt.




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