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Under 30 Minutes

Cinnamon and Spice Hot Cocoa

Not only are these cups of cocoa hot, they have additional heat from ancho chile powder. A touch of cinnamon rounds out the flavor. Serve with marshmallows for a finishing touch.

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  • Servings: 4
Cinnamon and Spice Hot Cocoa

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 Note

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


Reviews (2)

  • Happy_Birthday_Dr_Seuss 25 Jan, 2013

    Cinnamon and Spice Hot Cocoa
    Russell's Friday Dinner
    Nutritious and Delicious!

  • Mayson 1 Dec, 2011

    Flavorful and delicious - good texture too! It was so easy and made from ingredients I already had on hand. Leaps and bounds better than any packaged mix that is supposed to dissolve into a microwaved cup of water. I added a splash of vanilla to the pot and it was perfect. I plan to make this a holiday tradition!
    I used soy milk because that is what I had in the fridge and it worked well. I'm happy this is so easily converted into a vegan friendly and dairy free treat!

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