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I had to commute to the city for business, and so I made the hour long trip downtown.  The weather was not making it easy for me.  It was cold, rainy and just downright miserable.  The traffic was stop-and-go the entire way and I was frustrated and beyond tired. The thought of having to make my way back home was even more depressing.

After returning home in one piece, my dear hubby had a wonderful treat waiting for me – a hot, delicious cup of Mexican hot chocolate with honey. When I opened my front door, the aroma of chocolate wrapped its arms around me, and it was so warm, familiar and comforting.  It was rich and creamy – a real decadent indulgence and just the right thing to drink on a day like this.

If you find yourself ever needing an indulgence on a cold winter night, below is our recipe for Mexican hot chocolate.  It might not be an authentic recipe, but we love it. This recipe uses sweet, delicate honey.  The cinnamon and cayenne lend a warm note to the hot chocolate without overpowering it, and it will warm you up in a jiffy.  It is super easy and quick to prepare. You’ll love it.

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MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE WITH HONEY

2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon honey (preferably a dark honey such as buckwheat or avocado)
4  ounces Ghiradelli chocolate chips, (or other good quality chocolate)
1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
A pinch of cayenne pepper, or two depending on your preference

Here’s What You Do:

In a saucepan, combine the milk and honey.  Let it come to a simmer.  Take the saucepan off the heat, and then add the rest of the ingredients and combine gently.  Then put the saucepan back on the stove and heat over low heat until your Mexican hot chocolate starts to simmer again, about 2 – 3 minutes and the chocolate chips are melted.  Once done, pour in coffee mugs and add a dollop of whipped cream if you prefer.  

For an extra special treat, make a salted honey drizzle by taking a tablespoon of honey and adding a good pinch of salt and mixing together.  Drizzle over the whipped cream. Can you say yum!   Depending on the size of your cup, this recipe should make two to three servings.  Enjoy.

Do you have a favorite ingredient you use in your hot chocolate? Have you ever made hot chocolate with honey instead of sugar?  Share it with us.

  

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