hot chocolate with a twist

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it’s been really, really cold in philly lately…and i’ve been craving some hot chocolate.  i found a couple of alternative hot chocolate recipes that sound sooo good i can’t wait to try them…

spiced hot chocolate

ingredients:

  • 6 cups skim milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

directions:

heat the milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat until lukewarm; stir the cocoa powder and sugar into the warmed milk until dissolved. add the vanilla, cinnamon, chili powder, nutmeg, and cloves. heat another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

- original recipe yields 6 cups

maple hot chocolate

ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 large marshmallows

in a large saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa and salt. stir in hot water and butter; bring to a boil. add the milk, maple flavoring, vanilla and 8 marshmallows. heat through, stirring occasionally, until marshmallows are melted. ladle into mugs and top each with a marshmallow.

-original recipe yields 4 servings

if you try either of these let me know how it is!

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Comments

Donna Frasca -January 10, 2010, 2:46PM

I love the photo – I’m sure the hot chocolate is good too!

MeezT -January 10, 2010, 3:10PM

Love it! In my experience – when using chili powder its best to mix all the dry ingredients together first before adding to the milk – it gives much smoother results and avoids floating chili powder – eek! xX

caity -January 10, 2010, 9:55PM

Spiced cocoa is amazingly delicious!!!!!

True Religion jeans -January 11, 2010, 3:39AM

looks delicious.

geisslein -January 11, 2010, 8:05AM

hmmm – would love to taste such a hot chocolate NOW!
Snowy greetings from germany, geisslein

Jenna -January 14, 2010, 4:34PM

I just made the maple hot chocolate yesterday. My family loved it! My mom gave me the ” I usually don’t like hot chocolate, but this one is so different. I really like it.” And my brother even liked it, and he doesn’t like much. Well, for me it was goodness in my mouth! :) definitely making this one again!

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