Mayan Hot Chocolate – a Spicy Ode to the Gods …

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A woman pours chocolate from one vessel to another. Late Classic Maya (c. AD 750). This is the earliest depiction of the froth-producing process.

Pull up your socks and trim your nose hairs because you gotta be a grown-up to try Mayan Hot Chocolate. This fab mix of chocolate, cinnamon, and cayenne has blown people’s socks off for centuries – but only recently has this sexy combo come north from its Mexican roots. Perhaps back then the heat went well with the ceramic cups that Mayans made using volcanic rock. Nowadays we know that cayenne pepper promotes long-term weight loss by speeding up your metabolism. Either way, this hot chocolate is one of our favourite treats on a chilly day.

Mayan Hot Chocolate

To make Mayan Hot Chocolate, you will need:

  • 2 cups milk (whole or almond)
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 ½ oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Long cinnamon sticks for garnish


To prepare Mayan Hot Chocolate:

  1. Bring milk and sugar to a simmer in a medium pot.
  2. Stir in chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Continue to stir until chocolate is melted.
  3. Remove from heat and steep for 3 minutes.
  4. Reheat over low heat until simmering.
  5. Strain into measuring cup and pour between two vessels to increase the foam.

Serve the spicy hot chocolate in your favourite pottery mugs and stir with cinnamon sticks.



Author: Dwaina

I am devoted to making people love living in their homes. I have done that with absolute joy for most of my life and as a career for the past 20 years or so... I am a homebody – I do not actively seek adventure but I have had adventures. I believe home is the most sacred and important place in the world. I say I grew up on a farm – but I doubt technically it would qualify as a farm. Five acres – one milk cow – one calf - we ate them when they grew up, lots of chickens and a few pigs – we ate them too… I was that kid who dragged rugs and furniture out to the orchard and set up outdoor rooms. It mixed my two favourite things – outside and comfortable furniture. My friends and I would sleep outside in my “rooms”. It was magical because my ceiling was full of stars. I have lived in small houses, big houses, basement suites, cottages, condos and apartments. I have built and I have renovated houses. For a short time in my young life I was without a home – this changed me. I have lived with pets, wanted and unwanted – rodents are unwanted… I have lived in a house richly full with the raising of my four children. I have had the tremendous joy of my children carrying my grandchildren into my home. I have had my home become an “empty nest” and my life shrunken and shattered with the loss of my beloved husband. Home and my people there have always been my comfort. It does not matter where home is, it only matters that you are in it and that you find comfort there and that is why I do what I do.
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