Thick Spiced Italian Hot Chocolate
Serves: Serves 2
Sprinkle the top of the whipped cream covered hot chocolate with desired toppings, such as: Chocolate shavings, caramel and coarse salt, crushed candy cane, etc.
  • 3 T. Cocoa Powder
  • 2½ T. Sugar
  • ¾ T. Cornstarch
  • ½ t. Cinnamon
  • 1 tiny pinch Cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1½ C. Milk
  • ½ t. Vanilla
  • Whipped Cream, to top
  1. Place the cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, cayenne, and salt in a small saucepan and whisk together well.
  2. Add the vanilla and ¼ C. of the milk to the dry ingredients and whisk until combined and smooth(make sure to whisk around the sides of the pan to get all of the dry mixture incorporated).
  3. Add the remaining milk and whisk in well.
  4. Place the saucepan on medium heat and whisk constantly, for about 3-4 minutes or until mixture starts to boil and thicken.
  5. Remove from heat and pour into two mugs.
  6. Top with whipped cream and other desired toppings.
Recipe by The Kitchen McCabe at