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Easy Spicy Hot Cocoa Recipe for One


spicy hot cocoa in a fall mug

It is November in Texas which means two things for me…a long, never-ending to do list… and allergies!  I do not know why or what it is, but every year in mid-late November, I and at least one of the boys have allergy problems.  The weather fluctuations, stress of Thanksgiving, travel, birthdays and activities, together with lack of sleep surely make them worse.  Whenever we wake up with sore throats, I have found that warm beverages make me feel SO much better!  If you are suffering like me, try this recipe for Spicy Hot Cocoa and feel better soon!

The main ingredient that makes this hot cocoa spicy is cayenne.  Did you know that cayenne has anti-irritant properties and can also break up congestion from colds and allergies?  That is why this spicy hot cocoa is both soothing and helpful when we are feeling run down.


Spicy Hot Cocoa for One

This hot cocoa recipe is SO good and will warm you up quickly.  What busy mom with a cold wouldn’t appreciate a spicy drink at the end of a stressful day?  

You can, of course, use different variations for this recipe, like using milk or a non-dairy milk. Whole milk, oat milk, cashew milk, almond milk, goat milk, coconut milk or milk substitute, or really, just hot water, if you prefer. 


I like it creamy and indulgent, so the milk really makes a big difference. Mix it all up with a milk frother and add a dollop of whipped cream and you have a fancy, delicious spicy hot chocolate beverage.

This recipe is made with regular hot chocolate mix, but if you do not have any on hand, you can try making your own with just a few simple ingredients. 

Spicy Hot Cocoa can also be called a Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe, but my recipe is slightly different than the traditional Mexican version. Most recipes call for warm spices like chili powder and also real Mexican chocolate, so if you prefer more of a spicy kick, then that might be a better drink choice for you, depending on your preferences.


Other ingredient options for this recipe can include: vanilla extract, brown sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, real chocolate, black pepper and chocolate melts and can be topped with homemade whipped cream, chocolate chips, chocolate shavings, cacao nibs, or a dusting of cocoa.

So the next time you have a sore throat or just want a warm and spicy beverage that is different than regular hot cocoa, try this recipe for Spicy Cocoa! Taste test it on a cold day and see how you like this decadent treat!


Check out my recipe for hot chocolate pudding!

Spicy Hot Cocoa Recipe - Perfect for Cold Days!

Spicy Hot Cocoa Recipe - Perfect for Cold Days!

Yield: 1

Spicy Hot Cocoa is perfect for cold days!


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup hot fudge
  • pinch of cayenne pepper (more or less, depending on preference)
  • 1 packet of hot chocolate mix


    1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until thoroughly mixed. You may need to stop and stir once or twice to make sure ingredients are not stuck to the side of the blender.
    2. Place in mug and heat in microwave for about a minute OR place mixture in sauce pan and warm it up on a low heat.
    3. Garnish with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper and a drizzle of hot fudge.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 519mgCarbohydrates: 83gFiber: 3gSugar: 37gProtein: 13g

The writer is not a doctor or nutritionist and this nutritional information is just a guideline. Please consult your doctor or nutritionist for more accurate information.

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Wednesday 23rd of November 2016

I love hot cocoa. A spicy version sounds great right now when it's so cold all of a sudden! #client

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