An irresistible spicy hot chocolate that will warm you up in more ways than one. The perfect blend of chocolate and gentle heat is the perfect way to relax.
When I first toyed with the idea with doing an Unofficial Hot Chocolate Week, I asked a few readers what kind of hot chocolate they were interested in trying. A few people asked for a spicy hot chocolate. I love spicy things, so I was totally game to create a simple spicy hot chocolate to share with you.
What is so great about this spicy hot chocolate is that it has just the perfect amount of heat. It is just enough to make your mouth tingle for a while, but not so much that you need to have a cold glass of water handy. Of course, if you are especially sensitive to heat, add it slowly.
You can always add more heat, but you can't take it away. If you are a huge fan of heat, then add more! I wouldn't want to go beyond an extra ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon of cayenne on top of what you already add in the base recipe.
If you want to take it a bit further, you can also add ¼ teaspoon of liquid smoke to add a touch of smokiness to the heat. You can find liquid smoke in most grocery stores these days.
Don't forget to take the time to check out the other hot chocolate recipes from earlier in the week. If you love spice, definitely try the chai hot chocolate. For something truly indulgent try the Nutella hot chocolate. Want something unique? Check out my gingerbread hot chocolate, tiramisu hot chocolate, and the black forest hot chocolate. You can find a guide on making the perfect hot chocolate every time here.
Spicy Hot Chocolate
- 2 oz semi sweet chocolate
- ½ tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup whole milk
- Add all of the ingredients except for the milk into a small saucepan and mix well.
- Add ¼ cup of the milk to the pan and heat on medium high. Stir constantly until the chocolate is melted and fully incorporated into the milk.
- Slowly continue to add the milk ¼ cup at a time until it is all added, stirring constantly.
- Continue to heat until it is just about to simmer. Do not bring to a boil.
- Serve hot.