Day 9 of the PammiCakes 12 Days of Christmas Indulgences brings you Spiced Hot Chocolate. This hot cocoa will warm you right up on the coldest winter night.
Even though we have had some warm weather these last few weeks, it is finally starting to feel like winter in New England. We don’t want to think about it, snow will be coming soon, and what better way to warm up after a day outside in the snow than a cup of hot chocolate spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and chili powder!
This sounds like a strange combination, but trust me that it is wonderful. The rich chocolate flavor is complemented well by the spices and vanilla. Whether you like to top your hot chocolate with whipped cream, marshmallows or leave it plain, you will love this different take on hot chocolate.
Spiced Hot Chocolate Recipe
Fills 2 Large Mugs
4 cups milk (I used Skim)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
Dash of cloves
Dash of nutmeg
In a medium sauce pan, heat milk until lukewarm. Once the milk is warm, add the cocoa powder and sugar. Whisk well into the milk. Next add the vanilla, cinnamon, chili powder, cloves and nutmeg. Whisk and continue to warm for another 5 minutes while all flavors meld together.
Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream, marshmallows or leave plain.