My aunt “Lalo” (we used to call her affectionately and as a diminutive of “crazy” in Spanish, because she was very funny and witty) said that when it’s very hot outside one must drink hot drinks to balance the body temperature.

Although I have not scientifically verified this theory, the truth is that it doesn’t matter if it’s cold or hot there’s nothing so comforting in life as a cup of hot chocolate. Evidently cold times are the best time to have it, because it warms up the body, but any time you have hot chocolate, it simply animates the soul.

Making this recipe is very simple. Milk, chocolate, and vanilla. But this drink is doubly comforting, because in addition to the bitterness and delicacy of the chocolate we will be adding some spice into the mix!

Let’s get cooking!

  • Cut the vanilla bean and remove seeds
  • Bring the milk and water to boil in a saucepan with the vanilla bean
  • Once it has boiled let it rest for about 10 minutes to infuse.
  • Remove the vanilla bean
  • Heat again now adding the chocolate
  • Stir well until the chocolate is melted. Now, add the chilis and the maple syrup or honey
  • Once it starts boiling again, remove from heat and remove the chilis. Beat with a hand blender to make it more homogeneous.

Serve in hot cups with a little foam on top. If you want you can put more maple syrup to sweeten it and, of course, accompany with a homemade cake.

Enjoy! 😀