Real Hot Chocolate

  • 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.


4 cups whole milk, light cream or soy milk
4 ounces (by weight) unsweetened chocolate, grated (1 cup grated)
4 tablespoons sugar
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
3 to 4 black peppercorns, crushed or 1 small dried red chili, crushed
1/4 cup whipped cream, for garnish, optional
3 teaspoons chopped almonds, for garnish, optional


  1. 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.