Spanish Hot Chocolate

We’re gearing up for a chilly, windy and rainy day today…the perfect weather for hot chocolate!  Spanish hot chocolate is a wonderful variation of this delicious winter standby.  Delicate hints of orange and cinnamon grace the silky smooth chocolate.  Typically, Spanish hot chocolate is thickened with cornstarch, but my version is not.  If you’d like, near the end of simmering just add a cornstarch slurry of 1 teaspoon cornstarch to 1 tablespoon water and stir in until thickened.  Warm up your insides this winter and give this one a try, I bet you’ll love it! :)

spanish hot chocolate


2 1/2 cups whole milk
zest from one orange (I used a clementine)
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon best quality cocoa powder


In a small saucepan, bring all ingredients except chocolate up to the boiling point, then reduce heat to a simmer.
Allow to simmer about 10-15 minutes to allow the orange and cinnamon to infuse the milk.
Add chocolate powder and whisk to combine.

9 Responses to “Spanish Hot Chocolate”

  1. Love the photo Nikki. The hot chocolae looks so inviting!

  2. Nikki, throw in some chilli flakes, you’d be surprised at the effect it has on chocolate.

  3. The addition of citrus zest won my heart, Nikki!

  4. That sounds wonderful!

  5. This looks so delicious, Nikki! I love hot chocolate with a kick!

  6. I have been enjoying hot chocolate lately. I like the idea of the orange zest in hot chocolate.

  7. Valli, thank you! :)

    Peter, that sounds so good! I will def try that this winter. :)

    Patricia, thank you! It really does make the chocolate special. :)

    Thank you, Cedar! :)

    Thank you, Jenn! Me too! :)

    Kevin, I think you’d love it! :)

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  9. Cant wait to try it with and without the chilli! Thanks!

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