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Spicy Hot-Chocolate with Cinnamon

An ancho chile lends just a touch of mild heat to hot chocolate.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2003


  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 ancho chile, cut into 4 pieces, seeds removed
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, plus 4 for garnish
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, ancho chile, and cinnamon; heat just until milk begins to steam, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat; let steep, covered, 10 minutes.

  2. Place chocolate in a medium bowl; strain milk mixture into bowl, whisking to combine thoroughly. Discard cinnamon sticks. Return mixture to saucepan; continue whisking until chocolate has completely melted. Divide among four mugs, and serve immediately, garnished with remaining cinnamon sticks.

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