Spiced Hot Cocoa

Spiced Hot Cocoa

This yummy, rich, hot cocoa is a special treat with adult tastes in mind. Our Recipe Makeover renders great taste yet less calories, fat and cholesterol than regular cocoa.

Per serving, per 1-1/2 cups: 268 calories and 11g fat.

Saves, per 1-1/2 cup serving: 69 calories an 10g fat.


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Serves: 4 person(s) Change

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 7 mins

Yield: 4 x approx. 1-1/2 cup servings

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About this Recipe Makeover

Gourmet hot chocolate gets that rich taste from the fat in the recipe. Our makeover savors the rich flavor but reduces the calories and fat by replacing whole milk with low-fat, and heavy cream with whisked egg white. Adding a touch of cinnamon flavoring perks up our lower calorie version.

Ingredients Show Makeover Show Traditional

  • 3 1/2 oz dark chocolate
  • 3 cup low-fat milk (1%)
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken up
  • 2 Tbsp light molasses *
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa, unsweetened powder
  • 2 Tbsp Kahlua, Amaretto or Brandy
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 6 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 dash of salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Roughly chop pieces of chocolate and place in a pan with milk, cinnamon, light molasses, and cocoa; stir. Heat gently over a low heat, stirring to melt the chocolate. Strain through a finely meshed sieve into a clean pan to sift any loose cinnamon pieces.

Use a whisk to froth the mixture while continuing to heat until just below boiling point. Keep over a low heat while you whisk or beat egg white in a bowl until soft peaks form. Add this egg mixture to the hot chocolate mixture. Immediately remove from heat, and whisk. This will create a thick beverage with a rich foam.

Stir in alcohol; garnish with fresh mint or fresh chocolate mint sprigs, and serve.


* Light molasses can be replaced with sorghum, dark corn syrup, cane syrup, light treacle, golden syrup, or 1 tablespoon brown sugar.

Nutritional Info (per serving)

CALORIES 268 cals
Kilojoules 1,119 kJ
Fat 11.0 g
Saturated Fat 1.3 g
Cholesterol 7 mg
Sodium 118 mg
Carbohydrates 31.6 g
Fiber 1.0 g
Total Sugars 30.6 g
Protein 7.7 g
Calcium 256.0 mg
CALORIES 337 cals
Kilojoules 1,408 kJ
Fat 21.0 g
Saturated Fat 10.0 g
Cholesterol 112 mg
Sodium 105 mg
Carbohydrates 29.0 g
Fiber 0.2 g
Total Sugars 31.0 g
Protein 7.0 g
Calcium 148.0 mg
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