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Aztec Cocoa

Aztec Cocoa 2.000
Dec 6, 2006

This is an adult drink, rich with Mexican block Ibarra chocolate, fiery dry chili pepper and cinnamon. For extra flavor, crush some French roast coffee beans or a vanilla bean into the mix.

Servings: 2
  • 2 cups whole milk (may substitute low-fat)
  • 1 (3 ounces) disk, Ibarra chocolate,* broken into large chunks (may substitute 3 to 4 ounces good-quality semisweet chocolate and add sugar to taste)
  • 1 large cinnamon stick, broken
  • 1 small dried ancho chili pepper, seeds removed
  • 1/4 cup chocolate nibs (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons espresso coffee beans (optional)
  • Marshmallows (optional)

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Heat the milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until bubbles just start to form around the edges.

Meanwhile, place the chocolate chunks, pieces of cinnamon stick, dried ancho chili pepper and the chocolate nibs and espresso beans, if using, in a large mortar. Use the pestle to crush the ingredients into a coarse blend, shaking the mortar occasionally and shuffling the contents to distribute the mixture. Add the chocolate spice blend to the heated milk and reduce the temperature to medium-low, stirring until smooth, well combined and heated through. Strain into cups and serve hot, with marshmallows on top, if desired.

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Adapted from cookbook author Marcy Goldman.

Tested by Leslie A. Garcia.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (milk and chocolate): 386

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 22g 34%

Saturated Fat: 13g 65%

Cholesterol: 24mg 8%

Sodium: 98mg 4%

Total Carbohydrates: 47g 16%

Dietary Fiber: 4g 16%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 12g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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