Mexican Hot Cocoa

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Mexican Hot Cocoa is a rich drink so much so that it could be considered a dessert by itself. This recipe is rich in flavor, but not too sweet, and it is delicately seasoned with spices.

What is interesting about Hot Cocoa is that hot cocoa is made from cocoa powder, which is chocolate pressed free of all its richness, meaning the fat of cocoa butter.

Hot Chocolate is made from chocolate bars melted into cream.

Don't you think that the health benefits of using cocoa over chocolate bars are enough for us to make this yummy drink more often?

Mexican Hot Cocoa
Recipe Adapted from: Taste of Home

    1/4 cup baking cocoa
    2 tablespoons brown sugar
    2 tablespoons white sugar
    1 cup boiling water
    dash of pumpkin spice
    dash of ground red cayenne pepper
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    3 cups milk
    1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla
    whipped cream
    whole cinnamon sticks
Combine cocoa and sugars in a small saucepan; stir in water. Bring to boil; reduce heat and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Add pumpkin spice, red cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and milk. Simmer 5 minutes (do not boil). Whisk in vanilla.

Pour hot chocolate into mugs; top with whipped cream. Use cinnamon sticks for stirrers. Yield: 4 servings.

Kay Little
Kay Little

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