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Mexican Hot Cocoa

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Mexican Hot Cocoa
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 15 min
  • Servings 4

Keep the cold outside by starting a fire inside—inside your belly, that is. The spiced heat from this not-too-rich Mexican hot cocoa hits your throat first, then warms you all the way down to your toes. And with a cinnamon-spiced whipped topping, making a pot of this creamy, sweet and subtle beverage should totally be your new nighttime routine. MORE+ LESS-

Updated November 14, 2019

Ingredients

Topping

1
cup heavy whipping cream
3
tablespoons powdered sugar
1/4
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon vanilla

Hot Cocoa

2
tablespoons granulated sugar
2
tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
2 1/2
cups milk
1/2
cup heavy whipping cream
1/4
cup chopped semisweet baking chocolate (from 4-oz bar)
1/2
teaspoon vanilla

Steps

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  • 1
    In chilled medium bowl, beat Topping ingredients with electric mixer on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • 2
    In 2-quart saucepan, mix granulated sugar, baking cocoa, cinnamon and red pepper. Using whisk, gradually stir in milk and whipping cream until well blended.
  • 3
    Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thoroughly heated (do not boil). Remove from heat.
  • 4
    Add chocolate; stir constantly with whisk until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla.
  • 5
    To serve, divide hot cocoa among 4 mugs. Top each with topping; serve immediately.

Expert Tips

  • Before serving, beat hot cocoa mixture vigorously with a molinillo (a traditional Mexican wooden whisk) or wire whisk to create a frothy finish.
  • Make your sweetened whipped cream topping first so it’s ready to top your freshly made Mexican hot cocoa.
  • If warm spice isn’t for you, use just a dash of ground red pepper, or leave out entirely.
  • Make this drink extra special by topping it with shaved chocolate. Create these by shaving some of the baking chocolate bar with a vegetable peeler or box grater.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: About 3/4 Cup
Calories
510
Calories from Fat
350
% Daily Value
Total Fat
39g
60%
Saturated Fat
25g
123%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
115mg
38%
Sodium
100mg
4%
Potassium
380mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate
31g
10%
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
Sugars
28g
Protein
8g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
35%
35%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
25%
25%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 1/2 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 7 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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