Aztec Drinking Chocolate Recipe

Aztec drinking chocolate
Ryan Benyi/ryanbenyi.com

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups cream; you can also use whole milk, or preferably a mixture of the two
  • ½ vanilla bean, split length-wise
  • 1 dried red chile, split and seeded
  • One 2-3-inch cinnamon stick
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2-2½ ounces bittersweet or Mexican chocolate
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish
  • Whipped cream, optional, for garnish

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Directions

In a small saucepan over low heat, bring milk/cream, vanilla bean, chili, cinnamon, and salt to a gentle simmer. Let simmer about 2 minutes.

Add chocolate and whisk until completely melted. Once melted, turn off the heat and let the flavors infuse for about 10-12 minutes.

Strain into a clean pot, reheat gently, and divide between 2 glasses, and garnish with optional whipped cream (for extra credit) and a shaving of nutmeg. 

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

268 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:

13%

Servings:

2
  • Fat 15g 23%
  • Carbs 29g 10%
  • Saturated 9g 44%
  • Fiber 2g 10%
  • Sugars 26g
  • Monounsaturated 4g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 8g 15%
  • Cholesterol 20mg 7%
  • Sodium 236mg 10%
  • Calcium 252mg 25%
  • Magnesium 54mg 14%
  • Potassium 384mg 11%
  • Iron 1mg 6%
  • Zinc 1mg 8%
  • Phosphorus 210mg 30%
  • Vitamin A 97µg 11%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 7%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 22%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 4%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 14µg 4%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 15%
  • Vitamin D 3µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 1%
  • Vitamin K 3µg 4%
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