• Prep Time: 10 Mins
  • Cooking Time: 25 - 30 Mins
  • Serves: 1 - 2

Orange-Scented Hot Chocolate

Category: Desserts, Chocolate

 Ingredients List

  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 2 by 1-inch orange peel strips (orange part only)
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder or instant coffee powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Combine all ingredients in heavy medium saucepan. Stir over low heat until chocolate melts. Increase heat and bring just to boil, stirring often. Remove from heat and whisk until frothy. Return to heat and bring just to a boil again. Repeat heating and whisking once again. Discard orange peel. (Can be prepared 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Before serving, bring just to boil, remove from heat and whisk until frothy.) Pour hot chocolate into mugs.


If you want your drink on the sweeter side but don”™t want to add sugar, definitely use the semisweet chocolate. A mixture of bittersweet and semi might work well, too.
If your orange peel has too much of the white pith on it, lay it orange-side down on a cutting board and use the sharp edge of a knife to scrape the pith from the peel till you see a faded orange color.
The recipe as-is above won”™t make much, barely enough for two people to have one serving each. Definitely double it for three or four people and triple it for more than that.

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