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Martina’s Christmas Hot Chocolate Recipe

December 18, 2014

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Alright party people in the house! DJ CookingPants is wrecking up a storm in the kitchen with way too many dishes being used! Get yer aprons on and prepare to have your tastebuds blown by a storm of raw cocoa and hot pepper! Drop the vanilla extract! Ahem. I don’t know what came over me there. Hi. Martina here. Christmas and Winter to me is a nice cup of hot chocolate in my hand that can double both as a hand warmer and a dessert. I really don’t enjoy the overly sweet hot chocolate available in most coffee shops, so I prefer making my own. It’s really really easy to make and if you double this recipe you can package up all the dry ingredients into a lovely jar and make a wonderful Christmas gift with it! Seriously, I’ve made a cool looking Hot Chocolate in a Jar gift back in Canada as Christmas gifts before and it was very well received! I even added a gourmet bag of marshmallows, a funky spoon, and a nice mug! Homemade and lovely! Just make sure you included a hand written recipe attached to the jar!

So this is my recipe for Homemade Hot Cocoa made with a dash of Cayenne Pepper and a shot of creamy Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur. It’s kindof a Mexican Hot Chocolate with a Christmas twist?

I used to follow a beaten up looking paper recipe which was barely hanging onto the side of the oldest looking cocoa tin that my Baka used to have in her kitchen. I took that basic recipe and tweaked it a bit after I learned that hot pepper is actually really great at bringing out flavour of chocolate. I know it might seem super weird to add what seems like a savour ingredient to a sweet drink, but you’re not adding so much hot pepper that you can really taste it, you’re adding enough to make the cocoa really pop. You won’t be able to tell there is hot pepper in this drink unless you want to add more than a couple dashes, which let me tell you, is just as lovely! Also, adding the Bailey’s is optional, but keep in mind that I use less sugar because I know that the Bailey’s will add more sweetness. If you follow the original recipe and leave out the Bailey’s you might find it a little more bitter than most usual hot chocolates. Add more sugar if you’d like, but I wouldn’t go over 1/4 cup more!

Martina’s Christmas Hot Chocolate with Bailey’s and Spice

This recipe serves 4 small sized mugs (or 2 large…or 1 mug with a refill)

Ingredients
– 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa (You can do 1 cup if you like a darker hot chocolate)
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1/8 tsp salt
– Dash of cayenne pepper
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/3 cup warm water
– 4 cups of milk (I measured using the cups I was serving in, but each cup was approximately 250ml)

Instructions
1. Dump all the dry ingredients unceremoniously together in a pot big enough for 4 cups of milk.
2. Grab a whisk and add the vanilla extract and the 1/3 cup of warm water. Whisk it all together to form a smooth paste of chocolate
3. Drink that ish non-stop till you’re singing Christmas Cheer loud and clear for all to hear.

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  1. This is a great recipe, Martina! I used it as the White Witch’s hot chocolate recipe on my website (wonderlandrecipes.com), and it turned out fantastic. You were right–the cayenne pepper really does bring out the chocolate flavor!

    3 years ago
  2. I didn’t dumb the ingredients right! HELP!

    *plus i cant sing*

    3 years ago
  3. love this. thanks for sharing your recipe!

    3 years ago
  4. Totally delicious! I added cream (30% fat) instead of Bailey’s, and made whipped cream from excess. I’ll be waiting for more recipes like this <3

    3 years ago
  5. I am drinking it right now, and adore it. Thank you so much Martina!

    3 years ago
  6. I don’t like hot chocolate from cafes as well. I definately want to try this recipe.
    I have a question, you said one shot of Bailey’s per cup. But in the blogpost there is nothing about Bailey’s in the ingredients or the recipe. How much do I add? Helppp.
    With love from Lithuania <333

    3 years ago
    • Jekaterina: I did 5cl and it came out fine. It all depends how much booze you want!

      3 years ago
  7. Looks bomb! Nothing gets better than spicy chocolate and baileys, so this will be served at my next house party. Cheers!

    3 years ago
  8. It looks soo delicious, I think I’m going to have to make it

    3 years ago
  9. For people that still want a bailey’s flavor but can’t have the alcohol, there’s bailey’s creamers you can buy. It’s delicious and the classic tastes really similar!

    3 years ago
  10. Yay! Two things I had sent you in fan mail packages made an appearance in this video. I had sent the Honey-sempai mug (the one that broke and another one later on), and the mustache shot glass. Glad to see you are still getting use out of them. :) Merry Christmas!

    3 years ago
  11. I have added it to my recipes playlist, I’m sure I’ll be making this soon. :)

    3 years ago
  12. Hmm.. How much is a cup? Is a cup an arbitrary quantity of something? Or is it actually a measuring unit? The metric system <3

    3 years ago
    • It’s a measuring unit in the Imperial system. One cup is 8 oz (ounces). 4 cups in a pint, 2 pints in a gallon.

      3 years ago
      • It’s a measuring unit in the Imperial system. One cup is 8 oz (ounces). Sorry, I correct myself – 2 cups in a pint, 2 pints in a quart, 4 quarts in a gallon.

        3 years ago
  13. Lo

    Ooh, this looks really good!
    Is Bailey’s hard to find/pricey in Korea?

    3 years ago
  14. I’ll have to try this! Sans Baileys of course…6 more months and then I’m 21! haha

    3 years ago
  15. Sounds really good!

    3 years ago
  16. Wow, this looks sooooo good! To be honest I’m so used to making cocoa using pre-packaged mixes, I forgot that people have their own ‘from scratch’ recipes. Definitely want to try this! Thanks for sharing!!!

    3 years ago
  17. This sounds wonderful! I will have to give it a try!

    3 years ago
  18. This recipe looks really good! I’ll need to give it a shot. I probably have all the ingredients(except for Bailey’s which I don’t really like) i also really like hot chocolate with cinnamon in it. Mmmmmm!

    3 years ago
    • I put orange liqueur in mine like Cointreau or if you can get it Solerno(blood orange liqueur)

      3 years ago
  19. I love it when you guys share recipes! :D I’m definitely going to try this one.

    3 years ago
  20. I love this recipe! Correct me if I’m wrong, but it does appear that the cute mustachioed shot glass used in the video appears to be 2 finger or double shot glass. Based on use in other cocoa recipes & depending on availability, I’d also suggest the following options for richness or thicker consistency (as some people like a thicker cocoa) as well as choices for vegan or those with lactose intolerance alternatives.

    Richer Flavor:
    Method #1 – In place of cocoa powder, use 3/4 cup dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped, chips or shredded, melted using the double boiler method (very carefully continuous whisking until chocolate is melted in a glass or metal bowl over a pot of boiling water) or melted in the microwave, covered & heated in 30 second intervals, stirring as needed until all of the chocolate is melted. Whisk the chocolate in with the ingredients in the recipe before slowly whisking in milk & baileys in a pan over low heat until the mixture is fully incorporated and warmed to preference.
    Method #2 – Add a dark unsweetened powder in the same measurements as the recipe.
    Method #3 – 1/2 to 1/4 teaspoons of cornstarch whisked into the 4 cups of milk, followed by your shot or double shot of baileys, heated following the recipe.
    Method #4 – Replace 1 to 1 & 1/2 cups of milk with 1/2 to 1 cup of heavy whipping cram mixed with the remaining cups before being added as in the recipe.
    Serving Alternatives – 1 large fluffy marshmallow per cup or 1 teaspoon marshmallow creme or 1 to 2 teaspoons of whipped cream (homemade or packaged, per preference).

    Vegan & Lactose Intolerant:
    Method #1 – Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of arrow root powder, whisked in with the cocoa powder before adding the remaining ingredients.
    Method #2 – After whisking the initial ingredients before adding your milk alternative, whisk in 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of virgin coconut oil until fully melted & incorporated with the chocolate mix. This is also a bonus energy booster due to the oil’s medium chain triglycerides.
    Method #3 – Substitute 4 cups of coconut milk or 1/2 to 1 cup of coconut cream mixed with the remaining 2 * 1/2 to 3 cups of milk before adding as instructed. Also another energy booster because it has a similar amount of medium chain triglycerides found in virgin coconut oil.
    Serving Alternatives: 1 to 2 teaspoons of whipped coconut cream (to make, use cold coconut cream & 2 to 6 teaspoons of confectioner’s/powdered sugar whisked or blended to desired thickness, don’t overbeat though it will separate) or 1 large vegan marshmallow (usually made with agar instead of gelatin) or 1 teaspoon vegan marshmallow creme (homemade or packaged. If you can find it, a good one I’ve used is Suzanne’s Marshmallow Creme).

    I have to add I’ve tried this recipe & it is delicious as is, but for those who need options, I hope this helps.

    (edited by Nasty Mod so the entire recipe would be in one post – and to change taro to arrow.)
    Sorry, didn’t want to double post, but with the arrow root, it’s supposed to be arrow root powder. Do not use fresh arrow root, it will just be an unpleasant yucky grainy mess.

    3 years ago
    • I have never used taro root powder, I am quite intrigued!

      3 years ago
      • I’m glad you like this Netz but boy have I made a horrific mistake. Since i typed this up mostly from memory at a very early time with little sleep I realized that “taro root” (used in fact to make items like boba or bubble tea, which could lead to some gelatinous results) should in fact be “arrowroot” (a fantastic cornstarch option that I should have put there). I wish there was an edit feature on my end, but sadly that is not the case and since you were kind enough to fix that last mistake, I’m requesting that “arrowroot” should be added. Other than a couple of spelling mistakes, everything else is as it should be and I hope everyone enjoys those options. I’m human and therefore subject to fallibility, so I egregiously apologize for any confusion. :-/

        3 years ago
        • No problem. I did it. Honestly thought I thought boba was made from Tapioca ( which is a form of cassava). I use that a lot in my gluten free cooking.

          3 years ago
    • I just edited your additional post to add your addendum to the recipe. Makes it easier to have it all in one post. So sorry the editing doesn’t work on your end.

      I really like these alternatives. I have loads of semi sweet chocolate chips and no cocoa powder so I will definitely be trying these. It’s so sad being lactose intolerant and having options is great! Thanks!

      3 years ago
  21. I am in loves with this! I am going to make this for our board game night!

    3 years ago
  22. OMG this recipe is perfect when studying for hours and hours as a little pick-me-up. But maybe I shouldn’t always add baileys though, otherwise I might be a little bit too happy at the end of the day… :)

    3 years ago
  23. Need to try this when I’ll go to my parents for Christmas :D

    3 years ago
  24. Martina I think you missed a couple steps in the instructions, adding the milk, heating and adding the baileys…lol. Hershey’s makes a Special Dark version of their unsweetened cocoa powder, I think I will make this with that. Can’t wait to try it!

    3 years ago
    • In the description part, I meant not in the video, sorry for not being clear

      3 years ago
  25. I’m here to testify that this hot chocolate is soo nice!!!

    3 years ago
  26. Oooh, nice, I love hot chocolate! I actually just made myself one last night. It was with unsweetened cacao powder, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon and a tiiiiiny bit of chili powder. I mixed it all in coconut milk and had it with homemade gingerbread (glutenfree). I need to try this recipe, both with and without baileys :D

    3 years ago
  27. Do you have an egg nog recipe?? :)

    3 years ago
    • Yeah! In fact we’ll be making egg nog this Christmas as well, for Christmas Eve. I’m not sure if we’ll get the video up on time for Christmas though!

      3 years ago
      • Awww that’s too bad. I wanted to try this recipe and the egg nog recipe together for next week. :) anyway, thanks for this! :)

        3 years ago