It’s cold outside- even in Texas (finally!). And it’s the start of the holiday season, which means lights are going up around the neighborhood and I’m sitting in a coffee shop wearing a sweater and scarf and writing this post whilst instrumental Christmas music plays in the background.
It’s maximum cozy time.
Which means you need a maximum cozy beverage to enjoy after putting up those lights outside, raking the last of those leaves, when you get home from hitting up all the holiday sales, or after decorating your tree.
The solution? Spicy Mexican Maple and Molasses Hot Chocolate. Yummmmmmm. This will warm you to the core- it’s creamy and decadent, warm, and slightly spicy from the addition of just a teeny tiny bit of cayenne pepper and warming spices. Plus, there’s NO refined sugar- just real, natural maple syrup and blackstrap molasses to sweeten it up!
If you’ve ever seen the movie Chocolat, you likely remember the scene when the main character helps soften a grumpy old woman’s (Judi Dench) temperament with a mugful of creamy hot chocolate with chili powder. Pairing cocoa and chili can be traced way back to the origins of drinking chocolate, during the time of the Aztecs and the Mayans in South America. The original beverage was bitter and spicy with no added sugar. This has evolved into a delicious sweet beverage- traditional Mexican hot chocolate contains warming spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, in addition to a teeny bit of chili powder….