Mexican Hot Chocolate

Need some help staying warm? This delicious recipe is just what you need on a freezing cold day! Make some Mexican Hot Chocolate, curl up under a blanket and read some Isabel Allende! (She’s not Mexican, but her stories will fire up your imagination!)

* 1/4 cup baking cocoa
* 2 tablespoons brown sugar
* 1 cup boiling water
* Dash ground cloves or nutmeg
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 3 cups milk
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* Whipped cream
* Whole cinnamon sticks

* Combine cocoa and sugar in small saucepan; stir in water. Bring to boil; reduce heat and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
* Add cloves, cinnamon and milk. Simmer 5 minutes (do not boil). Whisk in vanilla. Pour hot chocolate into mugs; top with whipped cream. Use cinnamon sticks for stirrers – mix will settle to the bottom if not stirred before drinking.

Stay Warm!