History of Hot Chocolate:
The first chocolate drink is believed to have been created by the Mayans around 2,500–3,000 years ago, and a cocoa drink was an essential part of Aztec culture by 1400 AD, by which they referred to as xocōlātl. The drink became popular in Europe after being introduced from Mexico in the New World and has undergone multiple changes since then. Until the 19th century, hot chocolate was even used medicinally to treat ailments such as liver and stomach diseases.
Hot chocolate is consumed throughout the world and comes in multiple variations, including the spiced chocolate para mesa of Latin America, the very thick cioccolata calda served in Italy and chocolate a la taza served in Spain, and the thinner hot cocoa consumed in the United States. Prepared hot chocolate can be purchased from a range of establishments. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia).
This Spicy Hot Chocolate is very spicy but lovely if you can handle the spices. If you want a milder spicy hot chocolate I would tend to use Nutmeg, Cinnamon & Cardamon pods and follow the same method as below. For those with a sweet tooth you can add sugar to taste as the chocolate will be bitter. The purer the chocolate, the darker it is and the bitter it is.
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- 2 Star Anise
- 2 Cardamon Pods
- 1/2 Tspn Cinnamon
- Pinch of Chilli Flakes
- 2 Cups Milk
- Zest of Orange
- 100 Grams Dark Chocolate 70% cocoa
In a saucepan place the cardamon pods and star anise and cook for 2 minutes on medium heat then add orange zest, cinnamon and chilli flakes and cook for a further minute.
Next place all spices in a mortar and pestle and grind to a powder, removing larger bits(preference would be to use cinnamon stick instead of ground cinnamon from the shops).
Then place the chocolate, that has been cut into small bits in a saucepan and add the spices and milk stirring all the time, you don’t want to burn the milk. Simmer and stir until it starts to boil then remove from heat and serve.
As a bonus your house will fill up with the beautiful smell of all the spices. If this is too spicy then I would make it with just the cinnamon, cardamon and add nutmeg.
If you do try this recipe please let us know in the comments below what you thought of it.
For a traditional Italian Hot Chocolate click here