Spice it up

One of the best things about winter, is coming home, taking off your coat and warming up. Sometimes a cup of tea just doesn’t cut it, and that’s when I reach for the hot chocolate.

One of the most common ways to glam-up your hot chocolate, is to add marshmallows and lashings of cream. But there are other ways to make this winter warmer drink a little more interesting. Spicing up your hot chocolate is an alternative to the often sickly sweet marshmallows and cream option. Using store cupboard favourites like chilli and cinnamon, creates an indulgent, very adult alternative to this delicious drink.

Below is very much a guideline. Experiment with the flavours yourself, until you reach the desired level of spice. This is how I enjoy this drink:

Spiced hot chocolate

  • 1 red chilli
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • semi-skimmed milk
  • hot chocolate (I use Clipper Organic)
  1. Add four spoons of hot chocolate to your desired mug with a splash of milk. Mix until you have a paste.
  2. Add the milk (I use the mug I’ll be drinking from to measure the volume of milk I need), chilli, cinnamon, chilli powder and nutmeg to a small pan and bring to the boil.
  3. Once the milk has boiled, take off the heat and discard the red chilli. Add to the chocolate mix and stir well.

Now grab yourself a good book, curl up under the duvet and heat yourself up inside and out with this delicious hot drink.