Aztec Inspired Hot Chocolate

Ya’ll, I’m about to get a little dramatic and I’m not remotely ashamed.
Here I am in Connecticut, starting to get cozy indoors as the temperature drops. I have no shame to admit that I have heavily relied on hot chocolate to survive some winters (mostly in college when I’d have to brave wind on the way to class and needed any excuse to drink more caffeine).

But hot chocolate is a winter staple for me. I don’t need it daily or even weekly, but when I’m cold to the bone I definitely indulge! That’s why I’M SO LIVID THAT I HAVE NEVER MADE REAL HOT CHOCOLATE BEFORE TODAY. For the first time I ever I made real, hot chocolate. No instant powder. Just shredded chocolate, milk, and spices. And IT. WAS. MAGICAL. Caps and bolded letters totally necessary! It was creamy, it was rich, it was spiced, it was winter.

I’m so enlightened by this experience that I’m thrilled to share this recipe with you, and hope you never buy instant mix again! Serves 2-4


  • 3 cups skim or 1% milk
  • 5 oz dark shaved/chopped chocolate
  • 1 tsp chili pepper powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper powder
Aztec Hot Chocolate


1. Heat up milk over medium-low heat.
2. Add chocolate and whisk until melted and combined with milk, about 3-5 minutes.
3. Add spices, whisk, and heat for about 1 minute more. Serve immediately.

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