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Mayan Sunrise Hot Chocolate

This recipe was inspired by a visit to the Chocolate Maven Cafe, a funky bakery located in a warehouse district of Santa Fe, NM. You can watch the bakers working their magic through a large window in the dining room while you eat. Their restaurant is classy and delicious but we like to just stock up on all their wonderful baked goods and enjoy them for days in the RV. Remember to try the jumbo sized croissants.

At breakfast they serve a wonderfully spicy-sweet hot chocolate that I immediately fell in love with and decided I should make my own. Its subtle flavors of cinnamon and chile add just the right spice to make a bright morning. This is my favorite hot chocolate drink that starts off sweet and gradually builds a nice warm glow - like a sunrise.

Several years ago I gave all my friends hand decorated jars of this mix for the holidays. It is easy to customize each gift. I add more powdered hot cocoa mix to some of the jars to tone down the spice for each personal taste. Everyone loved it.


 1 cup gourmet powdered hot cocoa mix (the good stuff)
 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
 1/2 teaspoon ground red chiles (or more if you like extra spice)
 marshmallows, optional


Mix all the powdered ingredients together. Store dry mix in an air tight bag or container for up to a year.

For each cup of hot chocolate: Add 2 or 3 heaping spoonfuls to a cup of hot water or hot milk. Add a little more mix for a stronger, richer flavor. Add or substitute a spoon full of regular non-spiced instant hot chocolate mix for anyone sensitive to spice. Stir until mix dissolves completely. Enjoy.

Serves: 16 to 20
Hot_Chocolate Red_Chile Stovetop Photo

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