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Mayan Hot Chocolate Recipe
  • READY IN 7 mins

Mayan Hot Chocolate

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"Don't knock it till you've tried it. This rich, delicious, and kicky hot chocolate might make you abandon your traditional ties. No marshmallows needed; this is for grown-ups. Everything in this recipe can be altered to suit your taste, however I recommend following the recipe to the letter the first time you try."

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Original recipe makes 1 serving Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    2 mins

    7 mins


  1. Mix the hot chocolate mix, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper together in a mug.
  2. Pour the milk into a glass measuring cup; heat in microwave on High until it begins to boil, about 2 minutes. Slowly pour over the mixture in the mug, stirring with a small whisk as you pour. Enjoy immediately.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 17, 2010

I've been putting cayenne and cinnamon in my hot chocolate for years, but one other thing I add that makes it even more wonderful is about 1/8-1/4 tsp of ginger powder. Trust's so delicious! Also, I don't use instant hot chocolate. I use about a cup and a half of milk, 2 tbls of cocoa powder and 2 tbls of sugar. I whisk it all together, along with the spices, over the stove. Just till blended and hot (don't boil it).

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 02, 2011

it was good, but I think I might've put in a liiitttllleee too much cayenne pepper so it was a bit too spicy for my taste....


31 Ratings

Nov 16, 2010

Delicious! Instead of instant cocoa I used 3 teaspoons regular cocoa and 3 teaspoons sugar, mixed in 1/2 dl of water.

Mar 28, 2011

I added a shot of espresso. Too much cinnamon for me. More like a 1/4 teaspoon would be better. I had some freshly opened cayenne so a pinch was nice and spicy. The older your pepper, the more you need. Don't recommend heating the milk to boiling point. It ruins the milk. I like to use almond milk for extra richness.

Nov 03, 2010

Yum! I go to Mexico often and this is authentic! I'd even suggest adding about 3 T boiling water to thin it out just a bit. A real keeper. I used Mexican cocoa instead of instant hot cocoa mix. Tastes like it could ward off a cold, too!

Jan 28, 2011

This was a real treat! I used a tbsp of really good unsweetened cocoa powder and about 1 tsp superfine sugar in place of the prepared hot chocolate mix which made it even more delicious. I even used skim milk and it was rich, creamy and satisfying, perfect for warming up after playing in the snow! My daughter liked hers with just the cinnamon, and I probably went a little light on that in hers.

Jan 21, 2011

In the wintertime, I like to have a cup of hot chocolate before I go to bed at night. It's both warming and relaxing. I ran across this recipe and was apprehensive about the amount of cinnamon and the addition of cayenne. But I have seen so many cayenne/chocolate parings lately that I decided to try it. SO much better than plain hot chocolate! I WILL have this often -- thanks!

Nov 11, 2010

Don't let the cayenne scare you. This hot chocolate tastes just like red hot cinnamon candy. Or in my case, an Atomic Fire Ball because I use a BIG pinch of cayenne.


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  • Calories
  • 224 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33.5 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 5.8 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 2.2 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 9.8 g
  • 20%
  • Sodium
  • 221 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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