Cacao Mexican Hot Chocolate
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This Sunday is National Hot Chocolate Day and to celebrate, I put my own spin on this family favorite by making a Cacao Mexican Hot Chocolate. I can say with absolute certainty my Mexican abuelita would approve. This hot chocolate was decadent and dark with a little kick! Cacao is a good source of a chemical compound called phenylethylamine, which has been suggested to help improve mood and increase energy. With some homemade whipped cream and a little bit of cinnamon, this warm beverage will spice up your life.
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 2
  • 2 cups nonfat milk
  • 2 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar (or preferred sweetener)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp chili powder
  • 2-ounce bittersweet chocolate
  • Topping Options:
  • Homemade whipped cream (recipe)
  • Cinnamon stick for stirring
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Marshmallows
  • Powdered cinnamon
  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine all the ingredients.
  2. Whisk together until the mixture is hot and the bittersweet chocolate is melted. Do not boil. When the mixture is uniform, it is ready to serve.
  3. Divide into 2 cups and serve with toppings of choice.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup
Recipe by Sarah Koszyk at