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Explosive Hot Chocolate Recipe

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It’s time to put a little pep in your step with this Explosive Hot Chocolate Recipe! Warm hot chocolate with a burst of extra heat? Count me in! This easy drink recipe is perfect for colder weather – or spicy fans!

The fun part of making this easy hot chocolate recipe is that you can make it spicy or non-spicy. There are no rules!

Done here in the Dirty South, we like to put cayenne in EVERYTHING, even our hot chocolate – which, if you think about it, is a little strange. 

It is hot enough down here without trying to raise our internal body heat, but we like things that way. LOL!

Explosive Hot Chocolate Recipe

This isn’t your typical cold-weather drink. While it might look like an ordinary cup of hot cocoa, there’s a bit of difference that only your tastebuds will recognize.

The fun part about making this explosive drink is that it’s versatile in serving it. If you want it spicy while others don’t, change it up and have fun with it.

The only wrong way to enjoy a cup of this cocoa is not to make it. Everyone will beg you for the secret ingredient, and sharing this spicy secret is up to you.

What are the best toppings for a cup of hot chocolate?

When it comes to crafting the perfect cup of hot chocolate, the toppings can transform this comforting beverage into an indulgent treat.

Classic mini marshmallows are a timeless favorite, adding a soft, melty sweetness as they dissolve into the warm liquid. For those craving a richer experience, a generous dollop of whipped cream can provide a velvety contrast to the chocolate’s depth.

A sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg introduces a spicy warmth, harmonizing beautifully with the cocoa’s natural flavors. Chocolate shavings or a drizzle of caramel sauce appeal to those with an extra sweet tooth, layering complexity and decadence with each sip.

Finally, for an eye-catching and tasteful twist, a peppermint stick stirs in a refreshing zing and doubles as a festive decoration, especially during the holiday season.

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How do I change the flavor of hot chocolate?

Transforming the flavor of classic hot chocolate is an adventure in taste that leads to delicious surprises. One could start with the choice of chocolate; dark, milk, or white varieties significantly impact the richness and flavor profile.

For a spicy twist, adding a dash of cinnamon or a pinch of cayenne pepper, just like this recipe, can warm the senses. Fragrant essences like vanilla extract or peppermint oil can steer your mug into a new realm of aroma and taste.

Nut butter or caramel syrup blend into creamy, dreamy variations, while a bit of sea salt can enhance the cocoa’s depth.

Toppings like whipped cream, marshmallows, or a drizzle of melted chocolate play their part in texture and visual appeal, each sip inviting you into a cozy retreat of varied flavors.

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With endless possibilities for creativity, from incorporating exotic spices to blending with fruits and nuts, chocolate inspires bakers and chefs to craft dishes that delight and satisfy even the most discerning palates.

Explosive Hot Chocolate Recipe

Explosive Hot Chocolate Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Wait until you try this Explosive Hot Chocolate Recipe. It's addictive and yummy!


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper or more for added punch
  • Hot water


  1. In a medium size bowl, combine the dry ingredients until evenly distributed. Wet a fingertip and dip it into the mix to taste-test the spicyness. If you want more punch, add a bit more cayenne.
  2. Using a coffee maker or pot on the stove, heat 4 to 6 cups of water.
  3. Take your coffee mug and fill it half-full with the dry mix. Top with hot water and stir well.
  4. Depending on the mug size, makes 2-4 cups.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 478Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 773mgCarbohydrates: 97gFiber: 4gSugar: 83gProtein: 19g

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Miz Helen

Sunday 14th of April 2013

Thank you very much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week! Come Back Soon, Miz Helen

Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma)

Friday 12th of April 2013

I like the addition of cayenne! I'll have to try this! YUM My name is Cindy and I blog over at I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe and any others at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we'd love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! It doesn't mean that you have to be a gluten free bloggers. If you have some recipes on your blog that are gluten free that counts! :) Many recipes are naturally gluten free. Also be sure to link up your blog on our Gluten Free Bloggers directory. You can reach the directory by clicking the "glutenfree bloggers" tab on our blog! Thanks, Cindy :)

Pary Moppins

Thursday 11th of April 2013

I put cayenne and cinnamon in my hot chocolate all the time. Love that added warmth. :)

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