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October 2009

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Chai Hot Chocolate Recipe

Spicy Hot Chocolate Made Made With Solid Chocolate



Sure, you can buy a gourmet cocoa mix, but there’s nothing like homemade hot chocolate, made Swiss style, by melting a chocolate bar. This flavored hot chocolate recipe is courtesy of Travel Chocolate, producers of organic and Fair Trade Certified chocolate bars. Learn more about their products at

Yields: 2 servings


  • Travel Chocolate6-8 ounces milk
  • 1/8th teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch each of cardamom and cloves
  • ½ of a 70% cacao 3.5-ounce (100 gram) chocolate bar
    (i.e., 50 grams of chocolate), broken into pieces
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar (to taste—you may omit the sugar entirely, or substitute agave or an artificial sweetener for a less sugary taste)
  • Nutmeg to garnish (optional)


  1. Heat milk and spices in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When bubbles appear around the edges, add chocolate and sugar.
  2. Whisk slowly until chocolate melts and sugar dissolves. Simmer on low heat for three minutes.
  3. Garnish with a grind of fresh nutmeg. Serve immediately.




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Recipe and introduction copyright Michael Recchiuti. Additional material Lifestyle Direct, Inc. All rights reserved. Photos are the copyright of their respective owners.

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