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Mexican Hot Chocolate with Spicy Dulce De Leche Whipped Cream


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Right off the bat, let's just get one thing straight...In no way shape or form is this recipe healthy.  I mean I guess it is made of whole/real ingredients and not some powder full of corn derivatives.  So it is better than those in a way, but it sure as heck isn't healthy.  Not at all.  Not even a smidge...BUT is is pretty darn amazing.  We bought all the stuff for this meal for Christmas Eve night, but didn't make it.  We had all the stuff sitting around for awhile till finally we got around to whipping up a glass.  Oh My God!  This stuff was amazing.  It was so incredibly rich and so very tasty.  The whipped cream was our favorite part.  We will be using this whipped cream over and over and over again.  Plus when it says it is spicy whipped cream...it means it!  If you don't like spicy then you should probably omit the all or part of the cayenne and maybe even some of the red pepper flakes.  

Mexican Hot Chocolate
Adapted from Babble
Makes 4-6 servings
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
4 c. milk
2 c. organic vanilla bean ice cream
3/4 c. sucanat
1 1/2 c. water
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
3 t. vanilla extract
1 batch spicy dulce de leche whipped cream (recipe below)

1) Grate the chocolate with a fine grater or a microplane.

2) Heat a medium sauce pan on low.  Add the milk, ice cream and sugar.  Mix well until just before it simmers.  Whisk in the grated chocolate.  Keep whisking until it begins to melt and be incorporated.  Whisk in the cinnamon vanilla and water.  Heat until just before it simmers.  Serve with spicy whipped cream. 

Spicy Dulce de Leche Whipped Cream
1 c. heavy whipping cream
1/3 c. sucanat
1/4 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. cayenne
1/4 t. red pepper flakes

1) About 1 hour to 30 minutes before you make the whipped cream freeze the bowl you plan to whip it in and the whisk.

2) In the cold bowl add the whipping cream and beat until it begins to form soft peaks.  Slowly add the sucanat until it is well incorporated.  Beat in the cinnamon and cayenne.  Spoon or pipe onto hot chocolate and then top with red pepper flakes.   


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