- 4 1/2 cups whole milk
- 4 small dried red chilies (such as chilies de arbol)
- 3 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
- 3 cups espresso
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup whipping cream
Combine the milk, chilies, and cinnamon sticks in a heavy large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over high heat. Remove from the heat. Cover and steep for 15 minutes. Whisk in the espresso, sugar, and 1 cup of cocoa powder. Bring the hot chocolate to a simmer, whisking often. Discard the chilies and cinnamon sticks.
Ladle the hot chocolate into 8 mugs. Spoon the chocolate whipped cream atop and serve immediately.
Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis