How to give a nice hot twist to your cocoa!
Hot cocoa. There is nothing better than that after spending a lot of energy outside sliding, skating, or skiing with the kids! Not only hot chocolate milk will warm you up, but it will also replenish your energy level!
Chocolate a Super Food
Chocolate is another superfood that you should consume on a regular basis. But to get all the benefits of the antioxidants that chocolate has, you must use very good quality chocolate and not too sweet. This recipe reminds me of the history class of my kids. They were studying the Mayan civilization and their lifestyle. Dark chocolate has been around for over 3,000 years. It was developed around 1900 B.C in Central and South America as a drink. It was the only form of chocolate that was available at the time. Later, it was also made into a drink for the Aztecs and Mayans for ceremonial and medicinal purposes. So this got me inspired!
Spicy Hot Chocolate Milk
- 2/3 cups bittersweet chocolate (chopped)
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch crushed peppercorn
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 3 cups milk
- 1 cup milk (for the foam)
For the hot Chocolate
- In a pot, pour 3 cups of milk, add all the spices and cocoa powder, and mix very well.
- On a low fire, add the chocolate and whip continuously with a whisk until all the chocolate has melted. Be sure to keep the fire low. If the milk or the chocolate burns at the bottom of the pot, you will get a very unpleasant taste.
- After the chocolate has melted and the cocoa powder has dissolved, remove the pot from the stove.
For the foam
- In another pot, on a medium fire, pour 1 cup of the milk to make the foam. If you don’t have a milk frother, this step is optional. Alternatively, you could try to apply some physical energy and use a small whisk to achieve a similar result.
- In a drinking cup pour the hot chocolate and then with a spoon spread some foam on top of the chocolate. You may sprinkle a little bit more cinnamon if you want.