Day 5 in Chicago with the daily high temperature doesn’t get above the freezing point. It’s definitely hot chocolate weather – and this Aztec Hot Chocolate recipe is a spicy way to drink yourself warm this winter.

Aztec Hot Chocolate

In a medium saucepan, combine the milk and dark chocolate. Melt the chocolate over medium heat, stirring constantly.

Once the chocolate is melted and the milk is warmed thoroughly, stir in the cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Pour into 4 mugs. Top each mug with a small handful of marshmallows and one cinnamon stick for stirring. And, if you like, a pinch of cinnamon on the melted marshmallow is a nice added touch your mouth will thank you for.

Adapted from Aztec Hot Chocolate Recipe – A Beautiful Mess.

 

Ingredients:

6 cups milk
10 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
marshmallows, for garnish
4 cinnamon sticks, for garnish

 

Number of servings: 4

Cooking time: 5 minutes