Hot Hot Cocoa

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Michael Smith
Michael Smith Chef at Home

A recipe is merely words on paper; a guideline, a starting point from which to improvise. It cannot pretend to replace the practiced hand and telling glance of a watchful cook. For that reason, this is also an account of what happens when I make this dish, so you’ll understand each step. Of course when you cook it once, it becomes yours, so personalize it a bit. Add more of an ingredient you like or less of something you don’t like. Try substituting one ingredient for another. Remember words have no flavour, you have to add your own!

Cocoa powder gives chocolate its rich flavour and makes this steaming mug of hot cocoa my favourite winter treat. A touch of cayenne pepper balances the temperature heat of the brew but doesn’t make it too spicy. It’s a surprising twist that adds just the right exotic edge.

72 Ratings
Directions for: Hot Hot Cocoa


For each mug you’ll need:

A cup or so of milk

A heaping spoonful of cocoa powder

A heaping spoonful of brown sugar

A handful of dark chocolate chips

A dribble of vanilla

A tiny pinch of cayenne pepper


1. Pour everything into a small pot and whisk until well combined. Bring to a simmer over a medium heat. Whisk a bit more to froth it up a bit.

2. Pour into your favourite mug and find a comfy chair to enjoy it in!

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