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TV Dinners: Chocolat - Mayan Hot Chocolate

I'll be honest with you, I'm actually not really into romantic movies. So when I set out to find the perfect "TV Dinner" for Valentine's Day, I hit a wall immediately. Then suddenly, in a moment of clarity, I remembered the film Chocolat. After all, what could possibly say romance better than a film starring Johnny Depp, Juliette Binoche, and a whole lot of chocolate?! My only problem is that thanks to all the chocolate, I had a hard time coming up with one scene that summed it all up.

However, I did recall that the shop was called Chocolaterie Maya and that the hot cocoa (you know, that one that melts even Judi Dench's old heart) contained a bit of a kick. To learn the secret recipe that is as close to the movie as possible,

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Mayan Hot Chocolate

Mayan Hot Chocolate

Mayan Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

1 chile pepper, cut in half, seeds removed
5 cups light cream, or whole milk or nonfat milk
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 to 2 cinnamon sticks
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2 tbsp granulated sugar or honey or to taste
1 tbsp almonds or hazelnuts, ground extra fine

Directions

  1. Add chile pepper to 2 cups boiling water. Cook until liquid is reduced to 1 cup. Remove chile pepper; strain for stray seeds, and set aside.
  2. In a medium-size saucepan, combine cream or milk, vanilla bean and cinnamon stick. Heat over medium flame until bubbles appear around the edge. Reduce heat to low; add chocolate and sugar or honey; whisk occasionally until chocolate is melted and sugar dissolves.
  3. Turn off heat; remove vanilla bean and cinnamon stick, stir in ground almonds or hazelnuts. Add chile pepper infusion, a little at a time, making sure the flavor isn't too strong. If chocolate is too thick, thin with a little more milk.

Serves 6.

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celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
i made this tonightthe best hot chocolate i ever had yum!thank you thank you thank you :Dohhhh wait!its not the best but just as good as the best i had once in paris. noooow i rememberrr
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
i made this tonight the best hot chocolate i ever had yum! thank you thank you thank you :D ohhhh wait! its not the best but just as good as the best i had once in paris. noooow i rememberrr
blackdiamonds blackdiamonds 9 years
<i><b>Chocolat</b> is one of favorite movies. I always admired that hot chocolate in particular. Thanks for sharing this recipe am <b>SO</b> going to try it soon. Thank you again *heart* </i>
blackdiamonds blackdiamonds 9 years
Chocolat is one of favorite movies. I always admired that hot chocolate in particular. Thanks for sharing this recipe am SO going to try it soon. Thank you again *heart*
puddinpie puddinpie 9 years
^I'm lazy and use the powdered cayenne and cinnamon as well....LOL. My favourite is actually just some garam masala and no cayenne or cinnamon...or just some cardamom. Yum...
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 9 years
I make this often, but my method is a bit simpler. Omit the chili infusion and cinnamon sticks. Wisk 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1 Tablespoon cinnamon into the sugar. Combine well, as cinnamon is difficult to mix with liquids. Proceed with Yum's recipe as shown, adding the cayenne/cinnamon-sugar with the chocolate. If you are really lazy or in a hurry, you can do it with a package of hot chocolate mix too. In your coffe mug, combine the packet, a PINCH of cayenne, and about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Combine well, and add hot water or hot milk. We love our hot chocolate this way! Remember, all it takes is a tiny hint of pepper to add that special zing.
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 9 years
I make this often, but my method is a bit simpler. Omit the chili infusion and cinnamon sticks. Wisk 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1 Tablespoon cinnamon into the sugar. Combine well, as cinnamon is difficult to mix with liquids. Proceed with Yum's recipe as shown, adding the cayenne/cinnamon-sugar with the chocolate. If you are really lazy or in a hurry, you can do it with a package of hot chocolate mix too. In your coffe mug, combine the packet, a PINCH of cayenne, and about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Combine well, and add hot water or hot milk. We love our hot chocolate this way! Remember, all it takes is a tiny hint of pepper to add that special zing.
cupcake17 cupcake17 9 years
Chocolat is one of my favorite movies. The hot chocolate looked sooo good in the film. I can't wait to try it out at home.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
oh yum! How I have fantasised about this hot chocolate! so glad you posted! :D
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
oh yum! How I have fantasised about this hot chocolate! so glad you posted! :D
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