Cardamom Hot Chocolate

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There’s just something about cardamom. It’s powerful aromatic properties soothe the spirit and add a touch of something different to ordinary hot chocolate. Now that November is here, this is the perfect treat for snuggling up with a good book and taking care of you. This has become one of my favorite recipes for chilly nights.

Serves 2


2 cups milk*
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate**
1 cinnamon stick, crushed
4 cardamom pods, crushed
3 tablespoons sugar, to taste
Cocoa powder for dusting (optional)

*Coconut milk is an easy, delicious substitute in this recipe, and adds another layer of flavor.
**Do splurge on a good chocolate for this. We’re partial to Valrhona Caraibe.


Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and place over low flame. Whisk occasionally to incorporate the melting chocolate. Do not bring to a boil, or the milk will form a skin. When first bubbles begin to appear around the edge of the pan, remove from heat and strain into two warmed cups.

If a frothier hot chocolate is desired, whisk vigorously before straining.

[Chef’s Note: When crushing cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, or any hard spices like peppercorns, simply put them in a plastic baggie and give them a good smash with a cast iron frying pan. Once should do it if you have a good arm. If you’re having a bad day, go to town.]


Dust with cocoa powder (optional).

Photo by Kelly Cline

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Alexander Rinehart MS, DC, CCN November 3, 2011 at 1:14 am

Love the twist on homemade hot chocolate, I would say be careful at nighttime because sometimes the natural caffeine in real cocoa gets me a little too wired!


Jennifer Iannolo November 15, 2011 at 10:34 am

You made me think twice before I bought more chocolate this week. Could be part of the reason why I’m having trouble sleeping. 🙂


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