Spicy Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is a very popular recipe with a lot of variations. I don't make hot chocolate often but I wanted to try that chili pepper with hot chocolate and hence this recipe. I made two cups, one for my daughter and one for me. To my cup I also added a pinch of cinnamon. It was the perfect drink for a cold winter afternoon.

Before posting this recipe I checked what I already had on the blog. My first Hot Chocolate post has an intro about snuggling with a blanket, book and cat, except my cat would never cooperate. That year was 2014 and we had a new 3 year old rescue Buttercup who refused to sit on our lap for more than a few seconds. Interestingly four years with us has changed her completely. She is now a lap cat who calls me to sit on the couch so she can nap on my lap. Now on a cold or rainy day I can say I snuggle under a blanket with this hot chocolate, a book and my cat.

I added chocolate chips as well as cocoa powder to enhance the flavor because I happened to have both at home.

You will need (for 2 cups)
2 tbsp. mini chocolate chips
2 tbsp. sparingly filled cocoa powder
2 tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. paprika (adjust based on your heat tolerance)
1 1/2 cups soymilk
1 pinch of cinnamon (optional)

Combine all the ingredients in a pan. Heat the pan on medium heat whisking to ensure the chocolate and milk are thoroughly combined and do not burn. When the milk is heated through but not boiling turn off the heat.



  1. Spicy hot chocolate is a perfect winter drink , cinnamon or paprika both are equally perfect for this drink ! Nice hot drink and a cozy blanket and a interesting tv show , perfect winter evening :))

  2. Extremely pleasing, i love these sort of spiced hot chocolate. I want a huge glass of this drink. So tempting.

  3. Hmmm spicy hot chocolate? I have never heard of one. I am sure my older one is adventurous enough to try this. Shall check with her.

  4. Wow book, snugly cat and this hot chocolate with paprika that's life. :-) I got to try this spicy hot chocolate. Thanks for sharing this interesting recipe.

  5. I have heard that chilly goes so well together with chocolate but never tried it personally. This looks so good and with weather being chilly here, I wouldn't mind having a cup.

  6. What a comforting and delicious drink - so perfect for the super cold winter we are in right now. Adding chili powder, sure gives a kick to the drink.

  7. I have tried the chocolate-chili combination in a brownie but not in a hot chocolate. The hot chocolate is one comforting drink and apt for the season.

  8. I have made chilli chocolates but never used in hot chocolate.It looks perfect for the chilly winters.

  9. Always so nice to go back to read on the old days right...nice to read about this drink, I have made it couple of times with chili powder and it sure was a super drink to enjoy!

  10. Chocolate and chili is such a brilliant combination and this will be perfect for a lazy weekend evening.

  11. I love spicy Mexican hot chocolate. There is this one place that would rim the mug with chili pepper - that went a bit too far as your lips would be on fire, but I love the spicy chocolate itself.


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