Chai spiced hot chocolate

By • January 28, 2011 2 Comments

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Author Notes: adapted from a recipe I first saw in Bon Appetit, this headily scented drink is a wonderful winter warmer and can double as dessert. This ain't no Swiss Miss!tania_deluzuriaga


Serves 2

  • 2 cups milk (I use 2%)
  • 1/3 cup best quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 5 whole allspice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream (optional)
  1. Combine cardamom, allspice and peppercorns and use a mortar and pestle (or a plastic bag and a rolling pin) to crack into chunks. Break up the cinnamon stick into two or three pieces as well.
  2. Put the milk into a small saucepan over medium heat. Add chocolate, vanilla, sugar and spices and heat, whisking often to break up the chocolate.
  3. When mixture is just about boiling (ie steaming and too hot to drink) turn off the heat, cover the pot and let steep 10 minutes.
  4. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream, if desired.

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