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Spicy Hot Chocolate Recipe

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This Spicy Hot Chocolate Recipe will warm you from your head to your toes and everything in between! Use this simple drink recipe to boost your taste buds during the colder weather!

This hot cocoa recipe is a fun way to add a secret ingredient to the drink that no one expects! Treat yourself and warm up your belly!

Do you have a favorite coffee mug or hot chocolate mug? I do! I love grabbing it and sipping out of it during the holiday months.

Spicy Hot Chocolate Recipe

The fun part about making homemade hot chocolate is that you have complete control over the various flavors and tastes. Anyone can make hot chocolate- but not everyone can make hot chocolate that tastes like this!

My boys love it when I make a big batch of this drink because they say it’s the perfect way to warm their bodies. I have to agree, which is why I always love to partake!

Add this to your creative list if you’re in the mood for something fun and festive. It’s delicious, it’s loaded with chocolate flavor, and it’s really fun to make!

What are the best toppings for hot chocolate?

While the traditional recipe of hot cocoa calls for basic ingredients like milk and chocolate, the toppings can take this indulgent drink to a whole new level.

From mini marshmallows to whipped cream, many toppings can be added to hot chocolate to transform its taste, texture, and overall experience.

Some of the most popular toppings for hot chocolate include crushed peppermint, cinnamon powder, a pinch of sea salt, and a splash of vanilla extract.

These toppings not only add a flavor to the drink but also bring a visual appeal that makes the beverage irresistible.

Specialty Ingredients:

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Reminder, not all ingredients in the Spiced Hot Chocolate Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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Make it a Meal:

Now is the time to give meal planning a try! It’s a simple approach to organize dinner and save money. I love it!

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Vegetable Side: Copycat Chick-fil-A Coleslaw Recipe

Starch Side: Parmesan Steak Fries with Ranch

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Best Drink Recipes:

Once you make this Hot Chocolate with a Kick Recipe, it’ll be time to find other drink recipes you want. I’ve done the leg work for you and gathered some of my top picks!

This Easy Grinch Hot Cocoa Recipe is one of our favorites for the holiday!

Gather the simple ingredients needed to make this Copycat Starbucks Pink Drink Recipe!

Mint Hot Chocolate is a flavor that you’re going to love!

Crockpot Hot Chocolate tastes delicious and makes the whole house smell yummy!

If you want a refreshing drink, make this Easy Sparking Drink with Fruit!

My family agrees that this Pumpkin Spice Drink Recipe is necessary for fall.

Check out how fast and simple these Non-Alcoholic Peppermint Drink Recipes are!

How do I reheat hot chocolate?

To achieve the perfect temperature, one must carefully consider the reheating method. Microwaving is a swift option but risks overheating and damaging the drink’s texture.

Alternatively, stove-top reheating provides more control and gentle heat. Pour the desired hot chocolate into a small saucepan and heat over low-medium heat, stirring frequently until it reaches the desired temperature.

Regardless of the method, it is essential to avoid boiling the hot chocolate as this can ruin the delicate balance of flavors. With patience and attention, reheating hot chocolate can be a simple and satisfying process that ensures a velvety and rich experience.

More Yummy Hot Cocoa Recipes:

Spicy Hot Chocolate Recipe

Spicy Hot Chocolate Recipe

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Warm up your body in more ways than one with this Spicy Hot Chocolate!


  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 ounces half a bar of bittersweet chocolate, broken into chunks or grated
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 stick of cinnamon or 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa extra
  • A sprinkle of Colman’s Powdered Mustard
  • A pinch of salt
  • Optional: A dollop of brandy and a little whipped cream.


  1. Mix the cocoa powder, sugar, salt, Colman’s Powdered Mustard and cornstarch together in a small pan.
    Pour 1/4 cup boiling water over the dry mixture and stir until everything is dissolved and you have a smooth paste. (You can skip this step and just add the dry stuff to the hot milk in the next step, but there will be cocoa lumps.)
    Put the milk, cinnamon stick and vanilla into a pot you can pour out of.
    Slowly heat the milk. When you judge it to be hot – not simmering or boiling, just hot – add the 2 ounces of chocolate. Stir to dissolve.
    Add the sugar/cocoa paste to the milk.
    Keep stirring. When a ring of bubbles forms around the edges of the milk, turn the heat off. Remove the cinnamon stick.
    Pour the chocolate into two cups.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: `
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 383Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 225mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 5gSugar: 26gProtein: 12g

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