Spiced Hot Chocolate

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Yield: 1 Dozen 12-Ounce Cups
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1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons vanilla sugar (use store-bought or see recipe below)

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

½ teaspoon ancho chile powder

½ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground cardamom

Vanilla Sugar:

1/2 fresh vanilla bean

2 cups granulated sugar


  1. Sift all ingredients together into a large bowl. Whisk the mixture together to be sure the spices are evenly distributed.
  2. To serve, stir 3 tablespoons of the mix into 1½ cups (12 ounces) of hot milk. Serve in large mugs. Store the remaining mix in a tightly-sealed jar.

Vanilla Sugar:

Yield: 2 cups
  1. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with the back of a knife. Combine the sugar, vanilla pod and seeds together and store in an airtight container for at least 1 week before using.