You are here: Home » Recipes » Real Hot Chocolate Real Hot Chocolate Recipe by Relish Contributor Yield 3 servings Buy the solid bars of Mexican or South American chocolate for this hot chocolate. A bit of crushed red pepper flakes or black peppers adds pizzazz. PrintEmail Ingredients 4 cups whole milk, light cream or soy milk4 ounces (by weight) unsweetened chocolate, grated (1 cup grated)4 tablespoons sugar1 cinnamon stick, broken in half3 to 4 black peppercorns, crushed or 1 small dried red chili, crushed1/4 cup whipped cream, for garnish, optional3 teaspoons chopped almonds, for garnish, optional Instructions Heat milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add grated chocolate, sugar, cinnamon and pepper. Cook over low heat 2 minutes until milk is heated through and chocolate melts. Remove cinnamon stick and serve as is or with whipped cream and chopped almonds, if desired.