Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Mexican Drinking Chocolate (and Ice skating, too!)

Let your smile change the world.  Don't let the world change your smile. - unknown 

Picnics do not have to wait until summer.  This weekend, my family and I went ice skating in the marsh behind our house...and what better way to enjoy the ice, than to have hot chocolate(and fresh baked cookies, too) served lakeside.
The temperature was dipping low, but promises of sweet rewards kept my children willing to face the cold and skate for almost 3 hours...a record I assure you!
The hot chocolate I constructed, was inspired by a dear friend of mine...back from my time in University. She had made a similar brew to brighten my day.  The twist...cinnamon and a pinch of red chili flakes...

Mexican Drinking Chocolate
makes a rich drink, thicker in consistancy than regular hot chocolate
serves 1

1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
2 Tablespoon(or to taste) sugar ( or coconut palm sugar)
pinch red chili pepper flakes (or more)
1 cups milk ( or any "milk" of your choice, I used soy)
1 square unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped small ( or 2 Tablespoons chocolate chips)

1.  Combine the cinnamon, cocoa powder, sugar and red chili pepper flakes into a small bowl.
2.  Slowly whisk in a few Tablespoons of the milk.  A paste will form.
3.  Continue to add the milk, a few Tablespoons at a time, to the cinnamon chocolate paste, until all the milk has been combined and there are no lumps.
4. Transfer mixture to a pot and begin to heat.
5.  Add the chopped baking chocolate, whisking constantly.
6.  Heat until just before boiling...when small bubbles begin to form around the edges...and the chocolate pieces are melted.
7.  Remove from heat and serve!

The End!  Enjoy!


  1. Nice photos! (As usual).
    This hot chocolate looks so freakin' yummy! I'm very excited to try it! Thanks!

    1. Thank you Andrea...Yes the chili pepper is nice...add to your taste!! I like to think that it is healthier than regular hot chocolate because you can control the sweetness...
      Hot chocolate makes winter more enjoyable :)

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