Spicy Mayan Hot Chocolate

Spicy Mayan Hot Chocolate
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Want a little kick in your cocoa? Try this deliciously spicy winter drink.

4
Servings
370
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water boiling water
  • 1 ancho chile pepper, halved with seeds removed
  • 4 cups milk (whole milk preferred)
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons organic honey
  • 1 tablespoon almond slivers, ground fine

Directions

Over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan, add chile pepper to boiling water. Cook until liquid is reduced to approximately 1 cup. Remove chile pepper with tongs. Strain spicy water over a bowl. Set aside.

Over medium heat in a medium saucepan, combine milk, vanilla bean, and cinnamon sticks. Heat until small bubbles appear around the edges. Reduce heat to simmer. Add chocolate and honey. Whisk continuously until chocolate is melted. Turn off heat. Remove vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks with tongs and discard.

Add spicy chile-infused water a small bit at a time until desired taste is achieved. Add milk to achieve desired thickness of hot chocolate. Serve in small mugs or glass cups garnished with whipped cream and ground almonds. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
9g
13%
Sugar
41g
46%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
22mg
7%
Carbohydrate, by difference
61g
47%
Protein
11g
24%
Vitamin A, RAE
275µg
39%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
5mg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
370mg
37%
Choline, total
33mg
8%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
105µg
26%
Iron, Fe
9mg
50%
Magnesium, Mg
79mg
25%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
294mg
42%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
14µg
25%
Sodium, Na
241mg
16%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
3µg
20%
Water
283g
10%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

Hot Chocolate Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Hot Chocolate Cooking Tip

When melting chocolate, use a double boiler and stir occasionally to avoid scorching chocolate at the bottom of the bowl.