Hot Cocoa, Mexican Style

This very rich and satisfying winter drink is not as sweet as what you’re used to. It’s all about the chocolate flavor, not the sugar. 

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Hands-on time: 10   |    Total time: 10   |    Makes: 2 Servings


Small saucepan
Measuring cup
Measuring spoons
Whisk or fork


1 1⁄2 cup low-fat milk
1 1⁄2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1⁄2 teaspoon honey or sugar
3⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3⁄4 unit to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
unit pinch chili powder


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. Put the milk in a small saucepan and put the saucepan on the stove.
  2. Turn the heat to low and cook until the milk is very warm, about 3 minutes. Don’t let it boil or burn! (If you like, you can put the milk in a microwavable container and heat to very warm). 
  3. Turn the heat off and add the cocoa powder, honey (or sugar), vanilla extract, and cinnamon and the chili powder (if you like spicy). Using a whisk or fork, whip until the top is frothy. Serve right away.