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December 11 2013 by Kristin at The Kitchen Sink in Dessert,Recipe » 22 comments

Spicy Hot Cocoa Mix

I’m going to cut right to the chase: 2014 is going to be a big one for us.  Our little family of three is headed (very quickly!) toward becoming a family of four.  We’re expecting a boy (!!), a little brother for Avery.  He’s set to arrive this spring, and we’re really thrilled.  And a little overwhelmed.  And tired (because: toddlers) and behind the ball (this new baby needs a crib, too?).  But, mostly, we’re overjoyed.

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In many ways that are significant and off-topic-for-this-blog, this pregnancy has been different than my first.  But it’s also been different in one insignificant, on-topic, fun way: I have cravings this time around!  For things other than fresh fruit or hearty greens or a wedge of cheese or a bit of peanut butter.  That wholesome non-sense was the stuff of my “cravings” when I was pregnant with Avery, and, frankly, I felt very cheated by the lack of pickles-and-ice cream hankerings.

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This time around, I’m happy to report that I have cravings—near-blinding needs—for things like pasta (those come around, oh, let’s see … NIGHTLY) and pickles (my mouth is watering just typing that) and red meat and desserts (especially breakfast dessert).  Now, I love all of those things when I’m not pregnant, just not quite so fiercely (or frequently).  But one craving has been specific to this pregnancy: hot cocoa.  I’m pretty sure that, prior to 2013, I hadn’t had a hot cocoa since approximately the last high school hockey game I attended.  But, since the weather has turned cooler this season, I suddenly cannot get enough it.

Spicy Hot Cocoa Mix

In at attempt to merge that craving and the holiday spirit, I set out in search of a hot cocoa mix that could double as a homemade gift.  This one nailed it, and … you know where this is headed, right?  I promptly gifted it to myself.


Happy Holidays, everyone!  More holiday inspiration: here.


Spicy Hot Cocoa Mix
Adapted from Martha Stewart

Yield: About 2 1/2 cups of mix

1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup good-quality cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 to 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (I started on the lower end, and ultimately bumped it up to the full teaspoon)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Milk, for serving (you won’t regret using whole milk)

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, salt, chili powder, and cinnamon.  Store the mixture in an airtight container.

To make an individual serving, heat 1 cup of milk.  Stir in 2 tablespoons of the dry mix, mixing well.


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  1. Amy says on December 12 2013 at 2:11 am:

    How exciting !! Congratulations.

  2. Jess says on December 12 2013 at 7:03 am:

    Such wonderful news! I’m so happy for you. Enjoy those pickles!

  3. Kel says on December 12 2013 at 7:32 am:

    Congrats!!! So happy for you and your family.

  4. Annie says on December 12 2013 at 7:49 am:

    Congrats on your little boy! Enjoy indulging your cravings. I felt ripped off my my first pregnancy, too — all I had was an aversion to dessert. What?

  5. Amy says on December 12 2013 at 7:57 am:

    Congrats!! I’m 36 weeks pregnant with my first, also had a lack of cravings, except maybe more ice cream? I’ve been hunting a hot cocoa mix to make for Christmas gifts, so this is perfect, thank you!

  6. Whitney says on December 12 2013 at 8:11 am:

    Congrats! What wonderful news and get idea about homemade hot chocolate. I’ve been cheating and just warming up chocolate milk but the spiciness sounds like it would be really delicious.

  7. Ronni says on December 12 2013 at 9:36 am:

    Congratulations, Kristin! And thanks for the recipe. I’m not pregnant, but I, too, have been craving hot chocolate these last few weeks.

  8. Brynn says on December 12 2013 at 11:49 am:

    Love hearing about these cravings. W/ my pregnancy all it seemed I needed was steak, broccoli (which I’d previously detested) and watermelon. Hot Cocoa (and pasta) sounds more like what a craving *should* be! And, don’t you love finding reasons to use all that organic whole milk that’s filling the fridge when there’s a toddler around? I seem to have no trouble with that. xo

  9. Janae says on December 12 2013 at 1:15 pm:

    Yay, congratulations! I’m pregnant too (sounds like we’re due around the same time) and have also had more hot chocolate than ever before, probably because it’s chilly in the morning and I don’t want coffee or tea. I make mine similar to this, with cocoa, but I will try adding the spices next time – yum! Best wishes to you for a great pregnancy!

  10. Jacqui says on December 12 2013 at 2:47 pm:

    congrats! such happy, happy news!

  11. Kate says on December 12 2013 at 6:44 pm:

    Congrats Kristin!! Such fun news!! Happy holidays to everyone!

  12. Lara says on December 12 2013 at 9:34 pm:

    Yayayayay! Mazel tov! So exciting! xoxoxo

  13. I love lists, Friday! – Shutterbean says on December 13 2013 at 1:00 am:

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  14. Shanna Mallon says on December 13 2013 at 7:26 pm:

    So fun! Big congratulations from over here, along with hopes that Baby’s cravings mean we have a future creative eater on our hands. Yay!

  15. Traci says on December 14 2013 at 6:57 pm:

    Wonderful! I will have to try this recipe.

  16. Sally says on December 15 2013 at 8:05 pm:


  17. Debbie says on December 16 2013 at 10:37 am:

    oh how exciting! Congratulations!!

  18. annie @ foodierobots.com says on December 18 2013 at 8:36 pm:

    Congrats!! 2014 seems to be the year of the boy…I have three friends expecting boys this spring!

  19. Kristin at The Kitchen Sink says on December 19 2013 at 2:27 pm:

    THANK YOU, all. You are so kind. xo.

  20. Alyssa and Carla says on December 20 2013 at 6:50 pm:

    [...] full of that deliciousness!  And I certainly wouldn’t be disappointed if someone gave me this spicy hot chocolate mix, which would be really easy to throw together with ingredients that you probably have on hand [...]

  21. Kasey says on December 21 2013 at 8:51 pm:

    Wonderful news! Congratulations!

  22. Nik says on January 09 2014 at 6:27 am:

    Congrats <3

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