Hot Cocoa With A Kick

Curl up with your favorite book by the fire and enjoy this hot chocolate with subtle flavor and an intriguing, gentle spiciness.


•    3 cups low-fat milk

•    3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

•    2 tablespoons sugar

•    1 tablespoon natural unsweetened cocoa powder

•    3/4 teaspoon ground ancho chiles

•    1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

•    1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

•    3 cinnamon sticks, broken in half


Bring first 7 ingredients and pinch of salt to simmer in medium saucepan, whisking often. Add cinnamon sticks. Cover; remove from heat and let steep 5 minutes. Bring to simmer, whisking. Discard cinnamon.

Yum, yum!

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