[ Recipe: Hearts on Fire Hot Cocoa ] ~ from Monterey Bay Herb Co
hearts on fire hot cocoa drink

The name says it all! Smoky and sweet, this decadence in a cup is best served on a chilly night, shared with someone you love. You may use almond milk to make this recipe, but note that adding arrowroot powder is recommended to help thicken the beverage.

4 cups whole milk
¼ cup Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa
¼ cup sugar
2 teaspoons arrowroot (optional, but preferred if using almond milk)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon chipotle powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne
¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Pour milk into a large saucepan. Stir in sugar, arrowroot (if using), vanilla and spices. Heat gently over low-medium heat, stirring often, to bring the mixture to a simmer (do not let it boil) for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into serving mugs. Top with fresh whipped cream, if desired.

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