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How to Make: Chilli Hot Chocolate

By: Jane Williams in how to..., recipes

Hot Chocolate is one of my favourite things to make when the chilly weather draws in. As time has gone by, my hot chocolate has developed in strength and spice, and I thought I would share my latest Chilli inspired version with you.

This hot chocolate is so rich (and so full of chocolate) that it can be served as a dessert. And it’s also one of the world’s greatest ‘pick-me-ups’ – a claim I hope you will agree with once you have tried it! I’ll give you two recipes; The Long One – a wrap your hands around a large mug of warming Hot Chocolate; and The Short One – an espresso kick of molten chocolate and chilli.

And don’t disclose how very simple it is, everyone is always asking me for the recipe, and I’m almost a little embarrassed at how easy it is to make!

Pan of milk with chilli chocolate buttons

The Long One

Heat 200ml milk in a saucepan until it is beginning to go frothy, but not boiling over. Tip in 65g Chilli Buttonettes, and stir until dissolved. Return to the heat for 30 seconds whilst continuing to stir. Pour into your favourite mug, and enjoy.

(Of course this can also be made in the microwave: Heat a mug of milk for 2 minutes, stir in the Chilli Buttonettes, and heat for a further 20 seconds if needed)

Cup of chilli hot chocolate

The Short One

The method is the same, heating the milk up, and stirring in the chilli chocolate, however you will need to return to the heat for a little longer until it is all dissolved.

pan of hot chocolate

Heat 40ml milk in a saucepan until it is beginning to go frothy, but not boiling over. Tip in 75g Chilli Buttonettes, and stir until dissolved. Return to the heat for 30 seconds whilst continuing to stir. Pour into an espresso cup.

espresso shot of hot chocolate

Variations and Tips

If making just enough for you,you might want to choose the microwave, but if there are two or more of you, then its always lovely to make a pan of steaming hot chocolate.

If you want to make an indulgent hot chocolate without the chilli, then you can experiment with all different sorts of chocolate. Select a rich, single origin chocolate to find your perfect flavour, or use whatever you have in your store cupboard. If you are making if from a bar, use a large sharp knife to chop the chocolate into small pieces ready to stir in. Feel free to use more or less chocolate, depending on how strong you like it! You can of course be creative with flavours with this recipe, adding other herbs (fresh mint), spices (cinnamon) or a dash of something alcoholic.

Shop Chilli Truffles and Chilli Buttonettes

Enjoy! Love Jane x

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