Spiced Hot Chocolate
This hot chocolate is rich, dark and decadent with its vanilla, chilli, cardamom and clove flavours and hit of dark rum!
Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 4 serves
  • 600ml (20.2 fl oz) heavy cream*
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds and bean
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 chilli, split in half
  • 4 cloves, bashed
  • 2 cardamom pods, bashed
  • 2 strips orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (I used dark muscovado sugar)
  • Whipped cream and shaved dark chocolate, to serve
  • 150g dark chocolate, chopped roughly
  • Optional: 2 shots dark rum (1 shot = 2-3 tablespoons), or to taste
  1. Put everything except the chocolate and rum into a large saucepan and bring to the boil (watch that it doesn't spill over).
  2. Turn heat down to low, put lid on saucepan ajar, and simmer for 5 minutes (continue watching that it doesn't spill over).
  3. Stir in the chocolate until melted. Stir in the rum (if using).
  4. Strain the mixture and pour into cups. Top with a dollop of whipped cream, sprinkle over some shaved dark chocolate, and serve.
*To reduce the richness, try two-thirds milk/one-third cream - 400ml (13.5 fl oz) milk and 200ml (6.7 fl oz) cream.
Recipe by The Kiwi Cook at https://thekiwicook.com/2016/07/18/spiced-hot-chocolate-with-rum/