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Mexican Hot Cocoa

Ingredients

3 cups whole milk

3 tablespoons crushed cinnamon sticks

6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

3 tablespoons demerara or granulated sugar

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon ground chile de árbol or cayenne pepper, plus a pinch more for serving

Homemade whipped cream (for serving)

Directions

Bring milk and cinnamon to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally and making sure milk doesn’t boil, until cinnamon is fragrant, about 10 minutes. Whisk in the remaining ingredients and cook, whisking frequently, until mixture is smooth and creamy and chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes.

Divide hot chocolate among mugs. Top with whipped cream and dust with cocoa powder, cayenne pepper or cinnamon.

For Homemade Whipped Cream:

Place a metal mixing bowl in the freezer for at least 10 minutes. Combine 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream, 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in a bowl and mix with a hand mixer on high until peaks form.