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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,


Mayan Hot Chocolate

Mayan Hot Chocolate

Mayan Hot Chocolate


  1. 1 chile pepper, cut in half, seeds removed
  2. 5 cups light cream, or whole milk or nonfat milk
  3. 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  4. 1 to 2 cinnamon sticks
  5. 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  6. 2 tbsp granulated sugar or honey or to taste
  7. 1 tbsp almonds or hazelnuts, ground extra fine


  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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 years
oh yum! How I have fantasised about this hot chocolate! so glad you posted! :D
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