Sunday, December 26, 2010

Spicy Mexican Hot Cocoa While Awaiting the Blizzard

We are awaiting a blizzard here in Gloucester. It is cold and dreary out. I just went out on the back porch to wish a neighbor out walking his dog, a happy holiday and he said, "Are you all tucked in for the blizzard?" I told him, yes, as much as I ever am. But I am well stocked up and am spending the day working on the new book. At the moment the writing is going well and I am excited by the way it is going. I came across this and it sounded like such a good idea I may take time out to make a pot. I'm an enthusiastic fan of My Spice Sage.  Their prices are good, their products extraordinary, and I love all the "gifts" they tuck in their packages.  So give this a chance:
Spicy Mexican Hot Cocoa
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Spice things up with this rich, chocolaty hot cocoa. Dutch Process Cocoa Powder pairs with Bhut Jolokia Peppers and Ancho Chile Powder in this yummy treat, producing a creamy, spicy kick! 

*Bhut Jolokia Peppers have an extremely high amount of capsaicin, the chemical responsible for its hotness. This can burn your skin, so it is advised your wear rubber gloves when handling and chopping the peppers, or use tongs. Never touch your face or eyes and immediately wash your gloves and hands after handling the peppers.
List of ingredients:
• 2 cups milk
• 1/2 cup half-and-half
• 5 cinnamon sticks
• 1 Bhut Jolokia Pepper
• 1 teaspoon Madagascar Vanilla Extract
• 1/4 teaspoon Ancho Chile Powder
• 1/4 cup Dutch Process Cocoa Powder
• 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
• 1/2 cup milk for topping
• chocolate shavings
Combine the milk, half-and-half, cinnamon sticks, Bhut Jolokia Pepper, vanilla, chile powder, cocoa and brown sugar in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil for five minutes, whisking constantly.
Warm the 1/2-cup milk in a small bowl in the microwave for 1 minute. With a whisk, stir rapidly until frothy. Pour the hot cocoa into two mugs. Use a large spoon to scoop the froth off the top of the warmed milk. Place on top of the cocoa, then sprinkle with chocolate shavings. Serve hot!
Serves 2 spice lovers.

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