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Spice Up Your Hot Chocolate

hot chocolate and more chocolate

A warm cup of hot cocoa is just the thing to ward off winter’s chill.

Served steaming in a warm mug, it’s perfect to accompany a crackling fire, as a wind-down from a day at work, or for refreshment during a weekend card game. The classic cocoa is a winner every time, but these suggestions will take it to the next level.

--Add sprinkles of cinnamon and nutmeg and a dollop of vanilla. Not only will this complement the chocolate flavor of the cocoa, but it will give the cocoa extra rich aroma.

--Use a pinch of chili powder. This is reminiscent of the original cocoa beverage from South America and infuses the drink with a level of warmth that can be detected through flavor rather than temperature.


--Combine cocoa and coffee on a ratio of 1 to 1. This smooth, mocha-like drink is a good pick-me-up, but does not prove as potent as a coffee-shop mocha.

--Use cream instead of milk, or part cream and part milk. A luxuriously thick, rich cocoa will result.

--Top with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles.

--Stir in peppermint extract, to taste. It’s perfect for the holidays.

--Spiced rum is a wonderful addition to hot cocoa and great for a gathering of adults.

--Add drops of flavored syrups: hazelnut or cherry go beautifully with chocolate.

--Biscotti aren’t just for dunking in coffee. Serve them with your cocoa instead

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