Spicy Moroccan Hot Chocolate
Moroccan Hot Chocolate

Spicy hot chocolate tastes better in china tea cups. After 10 years of not using, we now use china every day, just because!

After a cold snap the end of September, during which I too hastily put away all kids’ short-sleeved-attire, the days here in Chicago have turned warmish. My poor children are roasting; requests for “a cool drink of water” are frequent.

But the nights are still chilly. And once my three young ones are in bed, I breathe a sigh of relief, and generally sit down to enjoy something indulgent. It is often chocolate.

I developed this hot chocolate recipe last winter. But this autumn, I’ve been testing a few Moroccan recipes, so I changed it up a bit. It’s a little exotic and is definitely indulgent-tasting, but of course dark chocolate is lower in calories than many desserts. And since this is made with low-fat milk, it can and should be enjoyed often! (No I usually don’t whip up a batch of whipped cream just for myself – but I suggest you do so if you serve it to guests…or kids!)



Spicy Moroccan Hot Chocolate

Spice up your mug of hot chocolate with cardamom, orange and cinnamon.

  • Author: by Serena Ball, RD


  • 3 cups lowfat milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 cardamom pods, lightly crushed (or 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom)
  • 3-inch piece orange peel, peeled with vegetable peeler
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (60% cacao)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Bring milk to a simmer. Remove from heat and add sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, orange peel. Steep for 15 minutes. Strain out spices. Add chocolate to milk and reheat to a very low heat, stirring occasionally fro 3-5 minutes until chocolate melts. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Serve; garnish with cinnamon sticks, whipped cream and zest of orange peel, if desired.

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