Spiced Hot Chocolate Recipe | PBS Food

Spiced Hot Chocolate

Enjoy spiced hot chocolate with a few extra spices for added flavor: cinnamon, star anise and cayenne.(Recipe Credit: Adrianna Adarme of Fresh Tastes)


Yield: Serves 4

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  • 3/4 cups whole milk or almond milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • Pinch of ground cayenne 
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate, melted in a double-boiler


  1. To a small saucepan, add the milk, cinnamon stick, star anise, pinch of salt and sweetened condensed milk. Stir until combined. Bring the milk mixture to a very warm temperature. Immediately turn the heat off and cover. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. 
  2. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a double-boiler or in the microwave. Remove the star anise and cinnamon stick from the milk mixture and pour in the chocolate. Turn the flame to medium-low and whisk in the melted chocolate until combined. 
  3. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. 
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