Apparently research has pointed out that the Aztecs enjoyed a hot drink very similar to our hot chocolate, made of ground cocoa beans, milk and generously spiced with chili. That's why we can also find chili chocolate bars in supermarkets and so on - it was all their idea all along :)
Of course, I love the combination so much I used it in other things too (like Aztec-style cocoa and chili biscotti and so on), but this is the original.
P.S: This is something completely different from the Mexican hot chocolate (that adds a touch of cinnamon and coffee instead of the chili).
Last year: Rosemary, Gruyere cheese and potato bread.
Two years ago: Tagliatelle with Gorgonzola and spinach sauce.
Ingredients (serves 2):
- 300 ml milk
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 3 teaspoons chili powder (you can use less if you're not so hardcore)
- some chili flakes to serve (optional)
Mix the cocoa and chili powder directly in the serving cups (careful: the quantities above are for both the cups together):
Heat the milk and sugar together until simmering. Remove from the heat and pour it in the cups, over the spicy cocoa. Mix well with a teaspoon and it's done. Sprinkle chili flakes (like piri-piri) on top if you want. Dig in! :)