Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix

by Kris on December 9, 2011

It officially feels like winter here in Texas. The leaves are starting to fall, the air once thick with humidity is crisp and cool, and Texans have traded in their Nike tempo shorts for boots and parkas. It really seems more like fall to me however, because there is no snow!

Usually this time of year in Ottawa the ground is covered in snow and parka’s are a necessity, not a fashion statement. As a kid, I would spend hours playing in the snow. I would build snow forts and go ice skating with friends. There was only one thing that could drag me inside from my winter playground; hot cocoa.

I recently discovered Mexican hot chocolate at a local cafe called the Pearl Cup. It was decadent and rich of chocolate with a lovely kick of cinnamon and cayenne pepper.

After making my own maple marshmallows I decided to make my own Mexican hot chocolate mix. It’s very easy to do, and it lasts indefinitely. Making your own mix is also quite affordable, unlike the $4.00/cup you pay at a cafe.

Hot cocoa mix makes a great Christmas gift. You can package it in mason jars or decorative bags. Add a mug and a bag of homemade marshmallows and you have a thoughtful gift for anyone this holiday season. Enjoy!

Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix

  • 3 cups non fat dry milk powder
  • 1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ Tsp. salt
  • 2 Tsp. corn starch
  • ½ Tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ Tsp. cayenne pepper

In a large bowl, whisk together all ingredients.

In batches, pulse mixture in a food processor until smooth and well combined.

Store in a sealed container in a dry and dark place.

To make hot chocolate, put 1/3 cup of mixture into a mug and mix with hot water or milk.

Top with marshmallows and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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VogueVegetarian December 9, 2011 at 1:33 am

Oh, my son is going to love me now! Can’t wait to give this one a try. Hot chocolate is his favorite!

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BernieLuvsEllen December 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I hope he likes pepper. Eek lol This does look yummy :)

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Cookie and Kate December 9, 2011 at 10:54 am

Such a great gift idea! I love rich hot chocolate with a hint of spice.

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sweetsimplestuff December 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I am going to make this for a friend who likes that little bit of spice in chocolate … thank you for such a nice gift idea!

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munchinwithmunchkin December 10, 2011 at 12:10 am

Glad I could help. :)

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Melissa December 9, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Hi Kris, Melissa here from Food Bloggers of Canada. Just popping by to check out your blog and to let you know we’ve added you to our Membership Directory. Welcome aboard – hopefully we can give you a little taste of home! Love Mexican hot chocolate – it’s my go to hot cocoa in winter and your photos are lovely.

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munchinwithmunchkin December 10, 2011 at 12:14 am

Great! Excited to be a part of an awesome group of canuck food bloggers! I love Mexican hot chocolate, the slight spiciness really warms the soul in winter (seriously needed in the great white north). Thank you!

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Lou December 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm

fantastic idea! this is just the perfect christmas present for my mum! thank you, thank you, thank you!

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munchinwithmunchkin December 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Glad I could help! Merry Christmas!

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artistrybyadele December 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm

This looks delicious and would make such a great gift! Thanks for sharing :)

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Mikalee Byerman December 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Yummy and thoughtful — a win-win!

:)

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Thanks!

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thegentlehome December 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm

What a lovely post, looks so good too! Could I try it without the cayenne?

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm

The cayenne is very minimal so it’s not very spicy. It really just cleans the palate between each sip. If you want to cut down on the spice you could substitute cayenne pepper for chilli powder. Or you could try it without any pepper for a sweeter version. Enjoy!

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adalamar December 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm

YUM! Cannot wait to try this! :)

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Eileen黃愛玲 December 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Wow, thank you for this!! :)

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kidvskatnr1fan December 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Mmm…..this is very good….And I am saying this because I am actually drinking this hot chocolate right now!:)

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Awesome! So glad you like it! :)

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MJ, Nonstepmom December 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Thanks for the recipe, I’ve had cocoa with cinnamon, but never been able to recreate a great version at home.

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:22 pm

The secret is the small amount of cayenne. It really helps to combine all the flavours. Enjoy!

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Jenn Jennings December 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm

The maple marshmallows look heavenly – I’ll be checking that recipe out next! Congrats of getting FP’d too!

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Thank you!

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elisabettagasperini December 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I’m really impressed, now I MUST try to do this chocolate and maple marshmallows, they looks delicious

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Let me tell you, the two combined are to die for. I’ve already gone through my first batch of marshmallows just from topping my hot cocoa. lol

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elisabettagasperini December 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm

obviously look, not looks

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The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife December 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm

excellent gift idea.

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Thanks! Happy holidays!

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Erin Brambilla December 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm

This looks delicious. I think I found what I’ll be giving to my son’s teachers for Christmas :). And he can help make it!

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm

What a great idea! It’s definitely kid friendly. That’s one thing I love about the holidays, cooking and baking with family. I really think it’s the best kind of bonding. Enjoy!

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morganwiltshire December 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm

This is a great idea for gift and looks delicious!

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Thanks! There are endless ways to package it as a gift. I like mason jars, but you could also try decorative bags, jars, or even inside a mug!

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Spectra December 18, 2011 at 9:15 am

Ooh…I really like the idea of packaging this inside of a drinking mug! Think I just found my Holiday gift idea. Going to the store to buy the ingredients later today. Congratulations on Freshly Pressed!

-Spectra

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Marissa Tunon December 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Love the pics!!! I’m Mexican and you just made me crave one of this yuummm!! :) great blog

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Thanks a lot!

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midnitechef December 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Hiya! I’m also a Canadian living in Texas! I know what you mean, it’s not Christmas without snow (or temps below 0ºC for that matter). Today it’s over 70F, a week and a bit away from Christmas – just weird.

A double congrats, Freshly Pressed and Food Bloggers of Canada!

Happy Holidays :P

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Hello fellow Canuck in Texas! I’ll be going to California for Christmas, so it will be even more odd! I’ve never experienced a green Christmas before. Ottawa typically sees it’s first snow fall by October. haha. Happy Holidays, eh!

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midnitechef December 15, 2011 at 9:47 am

I grew up near Edmonton, we had lots of snow by Halloween every year. Up in Dallas there’s more of a slim chance of a freak snow/ice storm in winter… I always go outside to build snowmen, even if they are 4″ tall! Have a good trip and pack your flip flops ;)

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Im Dating A One-Percenter December 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

This loooooks deliciousssssly amazing. By the way, my ‘pet name’ of sorts for my partner is ‘munch’ so it makes this blog that much better! Great photos!! Love it.

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Love it! My fiance’s nickname is manatee, he gave me the nickname munchkin.

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Dounia December 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

This is a great idea, and it’s definitely delicious! Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Thank you! Happy holidays!

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maryct70 December 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Can’t wait to try it! Hot Chocolate with a kick!

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm

If you want more of a kick, double the cayenne pepper. Enjoy!

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heilamonster December 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

This reminds me of Nestle’s Mexican Hot Chocolate mix called Abueilta! I use the powder and bar of chocolate at home! But this looks even better : )

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I’ve seen that before at Fiesta. Always intrigued me!

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Urvashi @ The Botanical Baker December 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Genius! So simple. I’m going to give this a go over the weekend

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Thanks! It really is easy to make. I’ve given a few as gifts already. :)

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thesewingsessions December 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm

falling in love with hot chocolate this winter, the perfect comfort to a cold and wet English weather. Did you make the little ceramic tag?… would love to know how to do this.

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I did make the tag. It’s actually just a salt dough ornament. Here’s the link to the recipe I followed: http://fromthetortoiseandthehare.blogspot.com/2009/12/salt-dough-message-ornaments.html

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unspokenkay December 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Is the spice necessary? I love hot cocoa but I can’t handle spice..

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm

It’s actually not very spicy. You can definitely omit the cayenne pepper, or substitute it with chili powder for a more subdued flavour.

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Dienna December 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I love that balance of sweet with spicy. I’m going to have to try this sometime. And those marshmallows look delicious!

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Thank you. I too enjoy a good sweet and spicy combo.

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valentinedee December 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I just loved this. Your pictures look good enough to eat right out of the jar. So festive and creative and yummy. Definitely trying this.

Val

http://valentinedefrancis.wordpress.com

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Thanks so much! I really appreciate your kind words. :)

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Kimberley December 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I just love this idea. I wonder what it tastes like…

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tahliahughes December 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I know right it looks so yummy i want to taste it!!!!!!! :D

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lightishred December 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Nice pictures!

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scroungelady December 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Great gift idea! I saw bags of chocolate chips in the salvage grocery the other day that aren’t totally bloomed. Scrounge bag hot chocolate!

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ksmahoney December 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I love this recipe! My husband and I just moved to Texas and are discovering how much Texas like to put cayenne pepper on things we never would have dreamed! What a great gift idea!
-Sara from http://www.losingtogether.com

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Polly December 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm

SOUNDS GREAT!!

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mediaudio December 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Great, more delicious things I’ll have to make for my family around the holidays, just what I needed! Seriously, this looks and sounds too delicious to pass up. I’m going to make a variation with dark chocolate and peppermint extract, like a grasshopper hot chocolate. Thanks for sharing this great recipe and giving me more tasty things to (without much choice) make. Awesome post!

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Yum! My mum always makes a grasshopper pie for Christmas.

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fynkyzz December 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm

wow ! this looks yummy .. i’ll definitely give it a try

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Delizie Delizie December 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Looks really delicious , love a cup of warm chocolate in a winter afternoon, with a twist

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Kate December 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Great gift idea, and I love the addition of the little tag on the jar!

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Thanks! It’s a salt dough ornament I made.

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Rae December 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I love Mexican hot chocolate, I might have to try this recipe soon!

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NecroKitten December 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I have a potentially dumb question. Is there anyway to grind this all up into fine powder without using a food processor? I am so wanting to make this, it looks delicious!

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm

hmmm. The dry stuff can all be done by hand, its just the chocolate chips… You could try chopping them or buy a block of chocolate and shred it with a cheese grater?

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NecroKitten December 14, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Ohhh that’s actually a good idea. Thank you!

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DesiValentine December 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm

This is such a great idea! Last Christmas, my six-man crew made peppermint hot chocolate as take-home gifts for their family. We are SO making this instead, next week! Thanks for sharing your recipe! :)

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Awesome! I love peppermint hot cocoa too! Thanks!

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graylady9118 December 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm

You can also buy Mexican Hot Chocolate Tablets like ‘Abuelita’ (which is great for deserts too!!). The disadvantage is the waiting time to receive your mix, so this is a good option. Great post!

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Barb December 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm

As much as I love hot chocolate….maple marshmellows? Now we’re talking.

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Teresa Jackson December 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm

What a great idea! I love Mexican hot chocolate (and mocha), but I’m trying to use only fair trade chocolate. Now I know how to make my own. Thanks!

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rainieday December 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm

like like like

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avocadoexplosion December 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Perfect! Can’t wait to cuddle up on the couch with some of this hot cocoa and look at my Christmas tree!

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Val December 14, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Got to try this soon! The marshmallows look amazing too… great photography. Lots to like here!

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feathersandgracie December 14, 2011 at 6:31 pm

This looks delicious and one to try this weekend. I love your photos. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed. Looking forward to your next post.

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The Hook December 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Looks cool!

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ListeningHeart Kim December 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Love this Idea, thank you for sharing it with us ♥

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fmerza December 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm

um YUM! I can’t wait to try this!

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lookingforpemberley December 14, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Oh my goodness. This seriously looks incredible! I hope you don’t mind if I share via Pinterest/ facebook? What a wonderful looking treat- thank you for sharing!

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Not at all! Share away. Thanks!

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HEA-Employment.com December 14, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I make cocoa from scratch every year in December. I have never tried this particular recipe and Mexican hot chocolate, but I will be doing so because it sounds very good.

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Bigboomer December 14, 2011 at 7:35 pm

this will work out great for me, I am a little strapped and this will make nice gifts.

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trialsinfood December 14, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Looks awesome! You make your own marshmallows?!?? I must try!

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screenprintr December 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Awesome. Can’t wait to share with my Daughter. Would love a sugarless version if you happen to have one.

Noticed you have two different types, Powder and Brown. Can they be substituted?

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munchinwithmunchkin December 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm

You could try replacing the powdered sugar with this sugar free version: http://www.food.com/recipe/confectioners-sugar-replacement-for-diabetics-sugar-free-54331

For the brown sugar you could try Sugar Twin’s brown sugar replacement. Let me know if it works out for you!

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shortshoestring December 14, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I was trying to find a recipe without the coffee creamer – this one works and no gluten! Thanks for sharing!

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Emily Warren December 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm

YUM! Definitely trying this TONIGHT!!!!

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splashconception December 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I love Mexican Hot Chocolate!

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hbs1991 December 14, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Finally a hot cocoa mix with substance! Thank you for posting this recipe I am anxious to give it a try! All the others were just so generic and thin, this sounds great!

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7cakes December 14, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I am a huge Mexican hot chocolate fan!!!! Need to try making my own marshmallows=D

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Jess Banuelos December 14, 2011 at 10:46 pm

ah i love this, great recipe.. im going to try it!

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yukimaimusume December 14, 2011 at 10:47 pm

sounds delisiuos, I am Mexican but there are a lot of mexican chocolates yum like it cocoa

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Adie December 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Uhm, what age can babies have chocolate? This made me want to grow up real fast! In my maker’s language, cocoa is pronounced “kok-wa”. Cool, right?

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kofegeek December 14, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I have to make this! Lovely recipes

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Anastasia December 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Beautiful and delicious!

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FileSpnR December 14, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Great photos

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JNadel December 14, 2011 at 11:51 pm

may have to try this since our big jar of mix is empty

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Spencer December 15, 2011 at 1:00 am

Nice… Here’s a recipe from south america, brought back to Europe by the conquistador Hernan Cortez:

The following cacao recipe was said to have been brought by conquistador Hernan Cortez to Spain in 1528:

700 g cacao

750 g sugar

56 g cinnamon (probably Canella winterana)

14 Mexican peppercorns (Capsicum spp.)

14 g spice cloves (Pimenta dioica)

3 vanilla pods

1 handful of anise (probably Tagetes lucida)

1 hazelnut

musk, grey amber, and orange blossom water

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sassyfran December 15, 2011 at 1:24 am

Awesome idea totally going to use for stocking stuffer; THANKS!! At one point I had made bath salts this is similar and more likely to be used. I mean who has the time to take baths these days right? LOL

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mobi555 December 15, 2011 at 2:21 am

Yummy sharing

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vixytwix December 15, 2011 at 2:50 am

Yum! Thanks for the recipe and congratulations on Freshly Pressed – well deserved. Great photos too.

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everyonelovesacookie December 15, 2011 at 3:01 am

Looks great!

We’d love for you to consider giving our blondies, brownies or cookies a try to go along with your delicious hot chocolate recipe. Check us out on our website by the same name when you’ve got a moment. Best wishes!

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deepbellylaugh December 15, 2011 at 3:12 am

Oh yum! I must admit I’m in love with the bead labels on the jars too – where did you find them?

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munchinwithmunchkin December 15, 2011 at 9:43 am

I made them. They are salt dough ornaments which I used letter stamps on. Very very easy to do.

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viennafoodprints December 15, 2011 at 3:40 am

oh, this is lovely!
and it looks delicious, nice photos

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Vienna Food Prints December 15, 2011 at 3:42 am

oh, this is lovely!
and it looks delicious, nice photos
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richa December 15, 2011 at 3:56 am

nice

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mokshafrika December 15, 2011 at 4:07 am

AMAZING! Thank you :)

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endiosconfiamos December 15, 2011 at 4:15 am

nice recipe and nice pics too :)

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yurtdışı eğitim December 15, 2011 at 4:31 am

its look like delicious

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galyablog1 December 15, 2011 at 5:07 am

I am in love with this post! <3

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bent el deera December 15, 2011 at 6:31 am

woooow
i will try to make it ….thanks for sharing the recipe

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bent el deera December 16, 2011 at 7:02 am

i did and it was yummi … i doubled the amount of chocolate because i love it that way

i’ll post it in my site and share this link ..thanks again

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yvan165 December 15, 2011 at 6:45 am

I don’t get what is Mexican about it, but thanks for the tip! And your pics are very nice :)

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Anthropogen December 18, 2011 at 8:11 am

Cacao is native to central and South America, wherein lies Mexico. Maybe that’s why…

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carla ashley December 15, 2011 at 7:40 am

Your photos look fantastic, I’m envious!! I’m going to have to try this recipe soon!

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Tammy December 15, 2011 at 7:44 am

Lovely recipe! I shall put some together and thanks for your good work!

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Sheepy Hollow December 15, 2011 at 8:01 am

I think a jar may find its way into my mailbox for our mail carrier!!

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cdoli December 15, 2011 at 8:45 am

я так люблю шоколад.

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A Photographer December 15, 2011 at 9:28 am

Mummm…. it looks soooooooooo good!!

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officialchatterbox December 15, 2011 at 9:34 am

Looks like I have my grocery list! Ever since I saw Polar Express, I’ve been wanting to try cayenne pepper in my Hot Chocolate! It’s kind of my thing in my house. I add heat to everything! :D Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

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Tynesha December 15, 2011 at 9:34 am

Congrats on being freshly pressed! Call me dumb,or what have you but I’ve never heard of a Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix. I thought that hot Chocolate was the same all over the world. Well, I guess you learn something new everyday! :)

http://anubianqueen.wordpress.com

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makesomethingmondays December 15, 2011 at 10:37 am

Wow, this is great! Thank you so much! I love hot chocolate!

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Amy Cavalier December 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

My love affair with Mexican Hot Chocolate began just over a year ago. Way to up the ante with the marshmallows. Those are on my must-try list now.

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Jennie December 15, 2011 at 11:13 am

Definitely going to be making this and the maple marshmallows. :) Great recipes!

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thebigbookofdating December 15, 2011 at 11:33 am

Mmmm this is awesome and looks soo good (love the photos too)
(:

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elizabeth nalley December 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Gonna try this for my Mary Kay/ Hot chocolate party tomorrow :) Thanks! I was gonna do store brand, but this sounds Sooo much better!

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ironwing December 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

What, y’all don’t have Ibarra at the local mercado? Too bad…no mixing, no powders…just unwrap and add milk, canela, and star anise. I skip the marshmallows, though the local Mexican grocery carries a dozen different brands. (And don’t settle for Nestle’s Abuelita brand. Ibarra is better.)

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Romantic Asian Guy December 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Ohh this looks like a tasty treat! I’ve always wanted to try Mexican hot chocolate and see how it tastes different than other hot cocoa.

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saucycooks December 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Love anything that’s both spicy and chocolaty, this is definitely one I’m going to try!

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Kenneth Mark Hoover December 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I’m glad we finally got some cold weather here in Texas, too. At least it’s trying to pretend it wants to be winter!

I’ve had Mexican chocolate before, too, and it’s very good and versatile.

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Kit MacConnell December 15, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Eager to try this. It sounds AMAZING!

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realestatefallbrook December 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Your pictures are so beautiful. We spent time at an eco spa in Mexico a few years ago, and I’ve never forgotten that delicious hot chocolate. I’m excited that I can make my own now. Thank you.

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Danielle December 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Sounds yummy! thanks for sharing.

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Audi Palomar December 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Oh that really looks good! I never tried hot chocolate with cayenne pepper before.

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Ashley Løseth December 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm

That sounds delicious, I am definitely going to give it a try!

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Cyndi Castro December 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I recently married a man who’s family is from Mexico…I can’t wait to try this out to WOW them!

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Big Barn Gifts December 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Can I repost this amazing recipe?

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munchinwithmunchkin December 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Absolutely, as long as you credit me and have a link back to my site. :) Thanks

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On The Stroke December 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm
Jessie December 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Totally making this!! <3 Thank you!!

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Appetite 4 Life December 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Sounds lovely! Will definitely be making something similar with my children!

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Jessie December 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I’ve pinned it on pintrest – beautiful photos :)
have you ever made pots de creme? DELISH!!

http://www.absolutlyravenous.wordpress.com

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Kristin Cavoores December 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm

This looks wonderful and PERFECT for the cold weather here in NYC! Thanks :)

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Dr. Steve Smiley December 15, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Excellent…excellent. I have a feeling if I was going to follow this recipe mine would not look as good as the pictures. My compliments to you!

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Linda December 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Thank you!!! Can’t wait to try this but do you think if I put small batches in a blender it would work?
Linda

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munchinwithmunchkin December 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm

You could try. It might work if you have a very powerful blender. The main reason I use a food processor is to get the chocolate chips shredded finely while mixing it all together. I’m not sure if a blender could do that. You could also try buying block chocolate and shredding it with a cheese grater and then mixing everything together by hand.

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Linda December 15, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Thank you, appreciate the advice. I might try the block chocolate and shredding it.

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samoozaain December 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I like it Thanks A lot ,,,

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lovefromitaly December 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I am so going to try this, I was wracking my brains for some nice, affordable DIY gifts for my co-workers – thanks! ;)

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Lonnie December 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Sounds delicious. Recently discovered Mexican chocolate sorbet.. out of this world!

Congrats on FP!

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munchinwithmunchkin December 15, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Thanks! Mexican chocolate sorbet!! I have to try that!

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Sonia G Medeiros December 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm

What a lovely recipe! I love mexican hot chocolate. It’s cool to have a recipe for a mix.

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yourawfulpictures December 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm

YUMMY!

andre is making this for me sometime haha he’s the cook of the apt. i dont have to be mexican to enjoy it do i??? altho, i do like mexicans haah not like that!!!

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luxefoodie December 15, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Oooh yum I love your blog, its so pro, great pictures, and lovely interesting and different ideas to try. Very exciting for a newbie blogger like me… am definitely going to try your marshmallows too, my american will appreciate a taste of home I am sure! thanks

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munchinwithmunchkin December 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Thank you! Welcome to the world of blogging!

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Gerald December 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Now that’s delicious, I have a cold right now and would really enjoy some this. If only I can go out and get the ingredients

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jaspernaomi December 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm

wonderfully bright photos! love it!

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Diane December 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try :o)

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rachhs2 December 15, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Yum. This looks wonderful. What a great gift.

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fairydust93 December 15, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try this myself :D

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Katie Brind'Amour December 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe! I love Mexican hot chocolate and I have been experimenting with my own recipe for weeks now…I’m glad you found one that rocks!

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mane man December 15, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I’m looking forward to making this for sure!

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aixsha21 December 15, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Oh yummmmm :D Will scour the grocery shelves for cocoa! :D

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the credibility gap. December 15, 2011 at 11:28 pm

mmm – mexican hot chocolate just tastes like home to me.
definitely one of my favorite things about wintertime.
although who doesn’t love a little slush?? HA.

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ramonadepares December 16, 2011 at 12:12 am

Oh yummy

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A Up. December 16, 2011 at 2:07 am

Oh my. I want.

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Tara December 16, 2011 at 4:45 am

Looks delicious!

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Tom Baker December 16, 2011 at 5:25 am

It looks great and not paying $4 per cup is a great deal. I will make this with the first measurable snowfall. Thanks for the inspiration.

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kme141 December 16, 2011 at 6:07 am

I love Mexican Hot Chocolate, but usually just bought the pre-made mix. Had no idea it was so easy to make on your own!

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J & K December 16, 2011 at 6:10 am

This looks AWESOME!!! The photos are beautiful- especially that marshmallow!
-Jamie, http://www.twosistersonekitchen.com

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Michele LMS December 16, 2011 at 6:15 am

Sounds divine! . . . And a kick of cayenne pepper! How unusual – must try this!

http://arabianmusings.wordpress.com/

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mimo87bg December 16, 2011 at 6:15 am

WOW. I’m realy going to try that. Thank you :)

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nadel&gabel December 16, 2011 at 7:45 am

The perfect winter treat! Will try this recipe, definitely! Super cute tags as well!

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es133 December 16, 2011 at 8:19 am

I love hot chocolate! What a treat to have found out how to make it from you. Thank you for sharing!

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Myra's voice. December 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

One word. “YUM!” I’m so on it.

Really, thanks for sharing!

“)

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crazybingogirly December 16, 2011 at 10:32 am

such a good idea for a present, especially with Christmas coming up! Hot Chocolate is definitely a winter warmer!

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Cannie December 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

I didn’t make it yet but I am going to try to really soon it sounds really good thanks so mutch for this blog I really like it :D

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Don't Buy A Thing December 16, 2011 at 11:00 am

Excellent Recipe! Great gift and easy to make with ingredients already in the kitchen! I’ll be having a blog of Christmas ideas soon too. http://dontbuyathing.wordpress.com

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foodvixennyc December 16, 2011 at 11:35 am

Thanks for sharing. I am giving out homemade pickles and cookies for the holidays. Perfect idea to add to the list. Happy holidays. :)

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My Wife Doesn't Think I'm Funny December 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I lived in Mexico for a number of years and love the hot chocolate. As much as I like Abuelitas brand Mexican Hot Cocoa, it just does not measure up. I am excited to try your recipe.

Thanks for sharing.

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jessicamjonas December 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I love Mexican hot chocolate, and haven’t yet found a place nearby that makes it. I will have to give your mix a try! Thanks for sharing it.

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Andrea December 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I made your hot chocolate this morning (sans the home-made marshmallows I sad to say)
and it was amazing! Great recipe. That little kick makes it soo special.

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heatherpj December 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Thank you for sharing! I reposted a link so my readers could share in on your yummy drink: http://heatherpj.com/?p=1304

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Kim December 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I LOVE this!! I made cookies in mason jar lanterns for xmas this year. Tho I love them, I wish I’d seen this earlier… there’s just something about hot chocolate.

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k Elizabeth December 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I twittered this. Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing:)

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pascquejtaime December 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Wow! It is delicious! I just tried it! It is also super easy! I will keep a jar ready for christmas time, and all the visiting of family. I also arrange some jars with marshmallows and chocolate chips to give to friends and dear ones. Thanks for sharing :) Have a merry Christmas!

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MommaJam December 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Wow! This looks delish! I am going to modify to use with Lactose free milk. My son is lactose intolerant, so I am always looking for new ways to help him enjoy traditional things like chocolate milk.

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Trish Blair December 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm

That looks delicious!

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Cauldrons and Cupcakes December 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Kind of crazy to be drinking this in the sweltering heat of an Australian summer, but hey… it’s divine!!! Thanks so much for your gorgeous recipe and pics. :)

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Lisa Scullard December 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm

This worked really well – even though I don’t have an electric blender! I sifted in the cocoa to remove any compressed lumps, and just blended the dry ingredients with a balloon whisk. The white and dark chocolate chips look really pretty scattered throughout.

I experimented by increasing the cayenne pepper to half a teaspoon (our version might not be as hot as a US brand), added half a teaspoon of dried powdered ginger for variation (the scent is amazing with chocolate), and for decoration as well as flavour, a whole cinnamon stick and half a vanilla pod to each 1-pint jar.

Of course I had to taste-test it a LOT… Yummy :)

Thanks for such a great foodie blog – you’re a Christmas lifesaver!

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batikmania December 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm

It surely looks good, and I believe it’ll taste good too. Would like to make one serve of it, as a gift fo myself ;) Thanks for sharing the recipe and congrats for being in freshly pressed. :)

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LisaMarie Rhodes December 16, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Yeah, it’s frigid here in Colorado, so I think tonight is a great night to try this!

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sharisseanne December 16, 2011 at 7:16 pm

love the photos!

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Vinny Grette December 16, 2011 at 8:26 pm

The weather’s changing. In Ottawa it was 50F yesterday and there’s not a snowflake in sight. I need some pick-me-ups to offset our green Christmas… so I’m trying some of your hot chocolate to wash down my blue eggs :)

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Aileen Torres December 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Nice post, and lovely photos. I love hot chocolate.

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suzieq11 December 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I love chocolate! This seems to be a very good drink…….

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Grace Cadenilla December 16, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Hot chocolate is my favorite regardless of the weather! This is very helpful. I’ll have to try it! Thanks for sharing! :)

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songsungpink December 16, 2011 at 11:03 pm

I was looking for something my 4 year old can help me “make”, and this is perfect! Lovely pictures, by the way. Now I’m craving hot chocolate something fierce!

http://songsungpink.wordpress.com

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xoxo The Refined Palate December 16, 2011 at 11:12 pm

This is so appropriate for the holidays and what goes better with chocolate than cinnamon?! I like to add cinnamon and cayenne pepper to my chocolate ice cream mix. It makes for a nice surprise =)

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ritsukake December 16, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Seems delicious. I’ll give it a try.

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putracisc December 16, 2011 at 11:54 pm

wowww.
i want to try this at home.
thank’s for info. :D

please visit my blog

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Tida December 16, 2011 at 11:57 pm

This looks fantastic! I’ve been looking for a hot chocolate mix to do for gifts and I think I found it :)

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BROOKEandMCKENZIE December 17, 2011 at 1:02 am

This sounds pretty good, the spice is what definitely makes me want to try it and the homemade marshmallows are always a favourite, they look so fluffy and yummy!

Great blog!

brookeandmckenzie.wordpress.com

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Audrey Cary December 17, 2011 at 1:17 am

I just discovered your blog. What a great post! As a native Texan living in Alaska, I look for new hot chocolates to keep me warm! Thanks for this fun post!

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Thrift Shopping Buzz December 17, 2011 at 2:27 am

Yummy- what a wonderful holiday treat. this is good to make for yourself and would make a thoughtful gift.

Cheers!

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kamiekirk December 17, 2011 at 3:30 am

As a fellow Texan (and former Washingtonian), I can understand the Fall statement. Cannot wait to try this recipe!

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vouchersmate (@vouchersmate) December 17, 2011 at 6:24 am

hehe :) this makes me hungry

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jacktweeter December 17, 2011 at 6:30 am

delicious

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life is a bowl of kibble December 17, 2011 at 10:14 am

congrats my dear Munchkin friend, on being freshly pressed! I had no idea you lived in Texas. We are practically neighbors. Love that Mexican hot chocolate. I recently had dark chocolate with cherries mixed with Ancho and Chipotle peppers. Delicious.

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wheretheblog December 17, 2011 at 11:32 am

Oh man. Comfort food! Will try this one tomorrow. Thank you so much for your amazing post! Cheers! – Belle

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Dor December 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm

A mouth watering recipe and the photos should go with it for the perfect gift!
I’ll make the cocoa for me and give the recipe as the gift! :) Thanks soooo much for sharing this remarkable post.

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everyvariety December 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Wow…sounds original. I’ll have to try this some time.

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Amrita Trivedi December 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm

yummmyy!!! LOVED IT!
Thanks for the recipe :D

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Lil' Suburban Homestead December 17, 2011 at 5:50 pm

I am so making this! Looks absolutely delish!!!!

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ErzulieRedEyesArtandSpirit December 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Looks delish!!!

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tiedwithblue December 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm

love this :) great idea!

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Akiko December 17, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I tried your Mexican hot chocolate mix today. It was delicious. I was afraid to add the cayenne pepper to be honest so that I made it without the cayenne pepper. After I made hot cocoa drinks for my family, I sprinkled a bit of cayenne pepper in my hot cocoa. It was great! So, I added the right amount cayenne pepper in the hot cocoa mix. I don’t have to buy hot cocoa mix anymore. it is much better than stored ones. Thank you for sharing your great recipe!

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rlcioffi1982 December 17, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Those are some beautiful photographs!

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feelmeyousee December 17, 2011 at 9:34 pm

This is great. I enjoy the passion you have for making hot chocolate. I might use the recipe myself. I never thought hot chocolate could be homade. I come from a mexican family who has grown up drinking mexican hot chocolate. In my years I have only seen and tried one form of hot chocolate and that is the Abuelita hot chocolate bought in mexican stores. The Abuelita hot chocolate comes in a circular round rock dense form wrapped in yellow plastic material with the picture of a grandma on the top. I would most definetly like to try your form of mexican hot chocolate with some of your homade marshmellow. The picture makes the hot chocolate look mouth watering. Great post.

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faisalmahboob December 17, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I love mexican food and I like hot chocolate…but them together? Hmm…not so sure.

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KimGM December 18, 2011 at 2:46 am

This sounds delicious! I am going to try it today. I’ll bet it’s perfect with a plate of buttery shortbreads. :)

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psopit December 18, 2011 at 2:54 am

Yum! Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to make this!

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traceyadamson December 18, 2011 at 2:55 am

This looks soooo good …. yum

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chefkendranguyen December 18, 2011 at 7:45 am

This looks great! I’ve got to try it. :)

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Brie Rogoff December 18, 2011 at 7:59 am

Can you tell me, based on the measurements you gave, how many normal sized mason jars that would fill? Have about a dozen folks or more I’d like to give these to. Thanks, cannot wait to taste this! Brie

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munchinwithmunchkin December 18, 2011 at 11:28 am

About 3 mason jars.

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hellenjc December 18, 2011 at 8:37 am

Yum! Yum !

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InfamousQBert December 18, 2011 at 10:07 am

i opened this from the front page of WP, just because it looked interesting, and it turns out you’re local to me! very cool! i’ll have to swing by the Pearl Cup and try this out before making my own. :)

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Rachael December 18, 2011 at 10:11 am

I recently made some hot chocolate as Christmas gifts as well. Although, I must admit, I wish I had seen your recipe first because it looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it for myself.

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betsy December 18, 2011 at 10:52 am

I came across your post two separate unrelated ways this week — some other way earlier in the week and now Freshly Pressed. Was not able to bookmark the first time, so I’m happy FP brought me back. At the risk of repeating what others have said, this sounds like a great holiday gift. I love your packaging, and hope to make my own tags like yours, though maybe not for this Christmas! Very nice ideas. Thanks, and happy holidays!

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sourwine December 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm

mmmh yummy. I want to have some right now :-) Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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musingsnyc December 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I’m a disaster in the kitchen, but I have to at least attempt to make this hot chocolate mix. Thank you for posting this recipe!

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sweetbananas December 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Thanks for your recipe! I have been wanting to make Mexican hot chocolate for a while now. Also, great photos!

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deadxtommy December 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm

oh my god, this is amazing! Thank you for sharing this with us! So making this! ^v^

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Lyssa Lietar December 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Absolutely love it! Just made it as a Christmas present for family and friends, together with my boyfriend. We had fun making it, tasting it and wrapping it. Hope the receivers will have fun drinking it! Thanks for the recipe!

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Lesley December 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm

What a great idea! Can’t wait to try it out for myself!!

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TheresaMC December 18, 2011 at 8:39 pm

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm….

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easycookingforthefam December 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm

That sounds go great! I am going to make some to take with me to the family for Christmas!

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hepkids December 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I’ve always wanted to try making Mexican hot chocolate. This is definitely on my list of holiday treats to try!

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Jamie [Don't Forget the Cinnamon] December 18, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Yum yum yum!! I love the idea of adding cinnamon and cayenne!

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shoshanaspa December 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm

When I lived in Mexico, I used to have this Hot Coco! Thank you so much for reminding me of what I need to do! All the anti-oxidants and all the love that comes from this!

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Chaks December 19, 2011 at 12:23 am

This looks good! I will try it.

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jothetartqueen December 19, 2011 at 12:56 am

What a great gift idea for Christmas! Would be perfect on a cold rainy day in Singapore!

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This Is Olessia December 19, 2011 at 3:29 am

yummi!!!!

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Kathy December 19, 2011 at 5:10 am

It’s like bitter winter here in London and I’m gonna make me one of these! Thanks!

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mondomulia December 19, 2011 at 5:27 am

Great photography!

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Amelia McGoldrick Photography December 19, 2011 at 6:24 am

Super yum and gorgeous photography!

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Harp December 19, 2011 at 7:53 am

so using this idea, thanks a million!

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TJ Sizemore December 19, 2011 at 8:59 am

Add a shot of espresso and you got yourself a spicy sweet cafe mocha!

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sapphy03 December 19, 2011 at 9:05 am

Hot Chocolates are perfect for winters :D, I’ve never tried mexican hot chocolate before!

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Jeremy A. Roberts December 19, 2011 at 9:07 am

great recipe! I always love anything with chocolates.

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Joe Labriola December 19, 2011 at 9:26 am

Hmmm, I usually enjoy a 60/40 in the cold weather – 60 percent hot chocolate, 40 percent coffee. The combination of what I could create with this are savory though!

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kassia December 19, 2011 at 10:42 am

this looks delicious. Love the sound of those maple marshmallows….

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Angels of Secrets December 19, 2011 at 11:04 am

Yuuummy! I LOVE hot chocolate! I drink it everyday as I write, I’ll have to try this! Thank you :)

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Liz Benitez December 19, 2011 at 11:39 am

Grats on FP. This sounds great. Do you use unsweetened cocoa powder?

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Hutchinson Photography & Consulting Blog December 19, 2011 at 11:43 am

I would love to try this!

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Green Mama December 19, 2011 at 11:56 am

How fun and different! Looks yummy :)

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SketchingMyDream December 19, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Hot chocolate with a Kick! Yumm ^-^

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Magdalena Wiklund December 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Yam! Seems veery nice. But I would probably add some coffee to it :-)
Thanks for sharing.

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thebestperson December 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Thanks for sharing!

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Daniel December 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Cayenne pepper you say? I’m intrigued! I just may have to try this out since I am pretty fond of chili powder in cocoa-based cookies.

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becca givens December 19, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Very enticing … along with the homemade Maple Marshmallows! YUM!

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abuzztech December 19, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Will give this a try =)

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TisaLira December 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm

We love Mexican hot cocoa! I’ve wanted to make homemade marshmallows, but now with your excellent idea of a Christmas gift. . .hmm. . . the wheels are turning.

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Sisterhood of the Traveling Military Pants December 19, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I’m from Texas too so this was a staple in my house, but I have to admit that I never made it on my own and never even attempted marshmallows….so I will have to give both a try.

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aybiepramadani December 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm

very nice….
i’ll try….. :D

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Elizabeth December 19, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Thanks so much for the great recipe! I just made it (literally.. probably about three minutes ago) and immediately felt the urge to express my undying love for this concoction!! I will definitely be using this for holiday gifts :)

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themasonjar December 19, 2011 at 10:41 pm

What a great recipe! I just bought three cases of jars…now I know what to do with them!

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kalamckala December 19, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Mmm reminds me of my latest post (which was also Mexican Hot Chocolate). Mine is a lazier version…I like the idea of a homemade mix though. Cool!

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mrslowcountry December 20, 2011 at 3:31 am

I think a few people will be getting this… :)

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concretechurch December 20, 2011 at 7:29 am

This sounds great! Merry Christmas!

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jessiethought December 20, 2011 at 8:08 am

Certainly looks delicious! I hope to try this recipe.

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newbingositesuk December 20, 2011 at 9:23 am

I am definitely making this on Christmas Eve!looks lovely!

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Life's a Bowl December 20, 2011 at 9:51 am

Adding a little zing to a mug of hot chocolate sounds fabulous! I’ve gotta admit that I’ve never made homemade hot chocolate and have relied on the packet versions or buying one at a cafe but maybe this will inspire me!

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pfehr1 December 20, 2011 at 10:07 am

how do you get onto FP? I’m new to this blogging thing and enjoying it! I’ve started a food blog myself. Check it out. http://prairiegourmetcooking.wordpress.com/. Nice to meet you!

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artisanfoodsinc December 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

Love the pics they look so yummy! Nice post ^.^~

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Appetite 4 Life December 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Made it today but with peppermint…stunning!! Your blog is beautiful by the way – I think one of my favourites. Thank you again.

Cecilie (appetiteforlifeblog)

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Neato VInes December 22, 2011 at 8:53 am

Will have to try some dark hot chocolate with honey!

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goldcoastlocal December 24, 2011 at 5:09 am

We just made it. Wow it’s beautiful. We added a splash of rum.

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abuzztech December 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Reblogged this on ABUZZTECH and commented:
I tried this a couple of days ago =) Twas’ awesome!

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Alexandra January 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm

i loooooove this recipe! you are a genius! I love DIY gifts and this will make a perfect one. thank you very much!

-alexandra

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gaycarboys January 3, 2012 at 6:50 am

Sounds uttely wonderful. I must give it a go!

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laneariley January 10, 2012 at 11:45 pm

This sounds amazing!!!

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Dwain Moody January 16, 2012 at 12:28 am

Holy Cow (and chocolate)… YUM!

Thanks for sharing. Now, i’m off to my kitchen… it’s 12:30am.
:)

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Sarah March 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm

My favorite recipe for hot chocolate uses chocolate chips, so I was happy to find this one. Do you happen to know how long the shelf-life of this is? Also, would you categorize this as a sweeter hot chocolate or more of a dark chocolate flavor? I just don’t want to make a huge batch and have it too sweet for my liking. Thanks so much!

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Kris March 19, 2012 at 9:48 am

I’m still using my first batch and it’s great. My guess is it has a pretty long shelf life. I would say in terms of sweetness it’s somewhat in the middle. It has a strong chocolate flavor, but it’s not bitter (or super sweet). If you like a more bitter hot chocolate, start by adding half of the sugar and give it a try. If it’s not sweet enough, add more sugar accordingly.

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Kendall Blair December 1, 2012 at 11:32 am

May I post your recipe on my blog? Of course I will include a link.

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Heather December 16, 2012 at 12:35 am

I made this a couple days ago, and I have to say… best.hot chocolate.ever. I am not a huge lover of hot spice, but this is delicious. It is spicy for my wimpy tongue, so I added hazelnut creamer, and let me tell you… makes me think I never need to go out for hot cocoa again. This is way better!!! Thanks. I even used cheap choc/white choc chips… I can only imagine how delicious it would be with the good stuff!!! Anywho. Trying to do better at commenting good stuff, and you SO deserve kudos! Thanks!

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Heather November 16, 2013 at 10:19 pm

I was the last commenter lol. I just wanted to add that I made this for my neighbors and family gifts and I received a lot of compliments. Yummy!

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