Cayenne-Infused Hot Cocoa

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  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Hands-on Time: 10 mins
  • Makes: 1 servings

The ancient Aztecs first developed cocoa as a beverage and it was invariably spiked with fiery chili peppers, which compliment the fruity, earthy bitterness of cocoa in an amazing way. 


  • 1 cup whole milk

    1 heaping tablespoon Frontier Co-op Cocoa Powder

    1 tablespoon Frontier Co-op Cane Sugar

    1/8 teaspoon Frontier Co-op Cayenne Chili Pepper


    1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring milk to simmer, stirring frequently.

    2. Add cocoa, sugar and cayenne. Whisk vigorously until fully dissolved and frothy.


    Top with whipped cream and a light dusting of more cayenne. Or substitute ground chipotle chilies for the cayenne to create a smolderingly smoky version.

    If you'd like to replicate a more authentic Aztec drink, substitute the more emphatically flavored natural cocoa powder for the Dutch-processed.



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