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January 17, 2005

spicy hot chocolate

For your mid-winter chocolate imbibing pleasure, here's the recipe I came up with today for spicy hot chocolate:

1 16 ounce can Ghirardelli ground chocolate and cocoa
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground chipotle powder
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves

Mix this all together in a big bowl, and put it up in Mason jars (or try to get it all back into its original container, minus what you drink right away).

Three level tablespoons in 8 ounces of hot milk of choice (we're using 1% over here). Zowie. It's really good, and fixes all my complaints with the other spicy hot chocolates I've had (that they were simultaneously too hot but not spicy enough -- nothing but cayenne in the mix is my guess).

NB on spice amounts: all these spices are relatively fresh jarred spices from Penzey's -- if your spices are old, you might want to start with these measurements and maybe use more. Or you might just want to buy new spices, because fresh spices are yummy.

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Posted by Rose at January 17, 2005 11:51 PM


Yum, that looks delicious. I'm glad you noted your using Penzey's spices. I get my spices there as well and normally have to adjust amounts.

Posted by: Julie at January 18, 2005 07:55 AM

That sounds so delicious!! I heart spices! I'm going to try this tonight, thanks!

Posted by: christine at January 19, 2005 11:32 AM

Thanks for that recipe. I saw it over at Making Light and tried it yesterday. I think it's extraordinarily good.

It turns out that if a person is as clumsy as I am, they'd be well advised to mix the ingredients in a very big bowl. Or perhaps find something large with a lid that seals well so that they can shake the mixture to mix it.

Posted by: Matthew Dixon Cowles at January 23, 2005 02:50 PM

oooooh that sounds delicious!

Posted by: Lisa at January 31, 2005 01:31 PM