Easy spiced hot chocolate is my latest guilty pleasure. I generally use the sugar-free hot chocolate mixes as a base, but it will work just as well with the sugar-containing ones.
I got the idea when I found a curried sugar-free hot chocolate mix on Ebay — it was so overpriced, though, that I didn’t order it — and when I finally decided to buy one just to try it, it had become unavailable 🙁
So one day, I decided to experiment…
I often have a mug of hot chocolate in the evening — generally I get the sugar-free version, and I mix it with half low-fat milk (cold) and half very hot water. Because I like my mugs huge, I usually need two packets to get the right flavor and consistency.
But one day, I decided to add some spice to my hot chocolate. I experimented with various combinations, and found that my favorite is a little (1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon?) Garam Masala powder and a little (same amount) Spice Hunter Curry Powder. If you want things spicier still, you can use more (or less) and/or add cayenne pepper to taste.
Pumpkin spice mix works nicely too (a slightly different effect though). The possibilities are endless.
Yumm. And you know what? I discovered I only need one hot chocolate mix packet when I add the spices.
If you’d like to try it yourself, you might want to experiment with different spices to taste. You can mix them with the hot chocolate powder first, then add water and finally the milk, especially if you don’t like things clumpy. Experiment and enjoy.
BTW, a few days ago, I read to my great amusement that “they” have discovered to their great surprise (!) that hot chocolate mixes taste MUCH better if you add milk. They had to do a study to figure this out???
Meanwhile, have a great day, enjoy your hot chocolate or whatever you’re having, and if you come across a particularly good combination, please let me know at supportATmyfavoriteselfhelpstuffDOTcom.
P.S.: I finally tracked down a bag of that high-priced mix that inspired the whole thing, and you know what? I liked it a lot, but I liked my own mix even better!
You may or may not. If you want to try the special fancy curried mix, you can find it at www.eSutras.com (and it’s quite a bit cheaper there than it used to be on Ebay, though it remains a pretty premium-priced product).