Hot Chocolate - South American Style

This is a traditional South American chocolate drink, but it is made as hot chocolate, even though in the old days, South Americans didn't drink it hot. The recipe uses chili powder, and red bell pepper to match the sweetness of the chocolate. This is a good way to bring an old recipe into today.


4 servings


1/4 cup granulated (white) sugar
1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 cup water
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons cherry brandy (optional)


In a saucepan over low heat, stir together the sugar, cocoa powder and chili powder. Cook and stir for 5 minutes. Add water and bell pepper strips, and mix well. Bring to a simmer, and stir in milk. When the mixture is heated to your liking, remove the pepper strips with a slotted spoon. Add cherry brandy if using, and serve.

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