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Cinnamon and Spice Hot Cocoa


This cocoa gets extra heat from ancho chile powder, while a touch of cinnamon rounds out the flavor. Serve with marshmallows for traditional and satisfying flourish.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2011


  • 4 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • Coarse salt
  • Marshmallows (optional), for serving


  1. In a medium pot, whisk together milk, cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, chile powder, and pinch of salt over medium-high until combined. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Pour cocoa into four mugs and serve immediately with marshmallows if desired.

Cook's Notes

For extra froth, pour hot cocoa into a blender and whirl for 1 minute before serving (use caution when blending hot liquids).

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