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Spicy Hot Cocoa

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Spicy Hot Cocoa               Yields: 5 ½ cups dry mix

(Alton Brown)


2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred)

2 ½ cups powdered milk

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste

Hot water


  1.  Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly. In a small pot, heat 4 to 6 cups of water.
  2. Fill your mug half full with the mixture and pour in hot water. Stir to combine. Seal the rest in an airtight container, keeps indefinitely in the pantry. This also works great with warm milk.

Inner Chef Note: I only used about 3 Tbsp. of mix per 8 oz. mug and thought it was plenty. I suggest you start with this and work your way up to more if desired.


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