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Zesty Hot Chocolate

Published in Recipes, Other Author: CentraCare


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a large saucepan, combine the first seven ingredients. Gradually add milk and water; cook and stir until heated through. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Ladle into mugs.

Note: Once you have all of the dry ingredients mixed together, you can make 1 cup at a time. Use 3 teaspoons of mix to 1 cup of hot milk.

Yield: 4 cups (1 serving = 1 cup)

Nutritional Information Per Serving
  • Calories: 120
  • Fat: 1 g.
  • Sat. Fat: 1 g.
  • Trans Fat: 0 g.
  • Sodium: 150 mg
  • Carbs: 22 g.
  • Fiber: 1 g.
  • Protein: 6.5 g.