Aztec Hot Chocolate

"Spicy and sweet. Over the holidays last year, I had hot chocolate with cayenne pepper in it. It was unexpectedly delicious. If you try this, add the cayenne, you'll be pleasantly surprised."
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  • In a small saucepan, combine milk, sugar, honey, ginger, cloves and red pepper.
  • Heat to boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce to medium and simmer 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • With wire whisk, stir in cocoa and vanilla. Stir briskly until frothy.
  • Serve in warm cups. Top with whipped cream.

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  1. This was quite the treat. A nice mug of thick, rich, creamy, dark chocolate, flavored with red pepper, vanilla and honey. What an awesome treat. I added more honey to the chocolate to bring out all of the lovely spices and for added sweetness, I also added a pinch of corse sea salt. It truly is a taste experience, not to be missed.
  2. prettty good i had a ss project on moctezuma II and this was a adition which almost every body liked but i defenitly liked it :)
  3. With wind chill temps at -25F today it was perfect weather for a pipping hot mug of cocoa. I made one serving and found it very tasty but I think I would like a little more sugar. I didn't really taste the spices - my pinches must have been too small I guess. Overall, a nice recipe which will be excellent with a couple adjustments. Thanks for the recipe! Update: I added a couple pinches of additional sugar and it really brought out the flavor more - I could taste the spices much better. The additional sugar (maybe 1/4-1/2 tsp) brought this from a 4* to a 5*. Thanks again!
  4. Unique twist on hot chocolate! It smelled wonderful while cooking, and the cayenne pepper adds a little kick to each sip. Thanks for sharing!
  5. I doubled the recipe and basically used almost 1/8 teaspoon of all of the spices. Next time I will decrease the cayenne a tad along with the cocoa. I found it a little too cocoa-y which is highly unusual for me. I will definitely make this again though. Thanks for posting!



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