Spicy Hot Chocolate

Hotter than hot!

It’s super easy to turn a traditional hot chocolate into something spicier. All it takes is a pinch of cayenne pepper to make things hotter than hot! See for yourself through this simple spicy hot chocolate recipe. It takes no time at all to pull together.

If cayenne pepper is too hot, try the chili powder in your spice rack instead. It’s typically less spicy than pure cayenne, but you’ll still give a nice little kick to that cocoa.

Spicy Hot Chocolate

Spicy Hot Chocolate

4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Sugar and salt to taste


  • In a microwave (or on the stovetop), melt the chocolate with a splash of milk until the chocolate is smooth.
  • Pour in the remaining milk and heat until warm.
  • Add the vanilla extract, cayenne pepper and cinnamon and stir.
  • Add sugar and salt to taste.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 17, 2019 to include new content.
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