There are a lot of flavor combinations out there that you wouldn’t think go so well together, but actually, they really compliment one another! Some that come to mind include cucumber and mint, strawberry and basil, and prosciutto and melon! If you haven’t tried that last one, please try it. It's divine!!!
Some say that opposites attract, I like to say that opposites bring out the best in one another. This is exactly the case when it comes to chocolate and chili. My dad, for example, has been making his favorite chili recipe for years. Decades now I guess! But if you want to know his secret, he adds in unsweetened, dark chocolate to enhance the chili flavor. And he is not wrong! People are always asking what he makes his chili with, and he never tells!! (Sorry Dad!) But just as chocolate compliments (actual) chili, chili and cayenne can complement chocolate and leave you with warm notes of spice and heat on your lips. Caliente!!!
I remember watching Martha Stewart when I was in University making a Mexican Hot Chocolate. I was in awe! And I can’t find the recipe I saw her create, I just remember that it was on her daytime show. I was inspired though. I would make hot cocoa, and actually strain it through a tea strainer with about 10-15 chili flakes in it. I can’t remember if this is what Martha actually did or if I went off feeling enthused and wanted to try my own take on it, but it did make some good hot cocoa.
Since my first years playing with hot cocoa recipes, I have perfected the spicy one and instead of straining the cocoa through a strainer of actual chili flakes, I now use a blend of chili powder and cayenne and add it right in! Here is my homemade hot cocoa recipe below.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED: SPICED HOT COCOA INGREDIENTS
*This makes about 5 cups
HERE’S WHAT YOU DO: SPICED HOT COCOA DIRECTIONS
Spiced Hot Cocoa Toppings:
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