Spiced Hot Chocolate

Chocolate, Drinks


It took me exactly three tries to get home to my parent’s place in Florida.

(Really long story. But I did in fact miss my flight…as I stood near the gate. Like I said, realllly long story. The tale involves an ear infection and Delta not being so nice. The end.)

But I’m home now, sitting by the Christmas tree sipping on this Spiced Hot Chocolate, so it’s all good. And tomorrow’s Christmas! And I’m done with all my shopping and presents are wrapped; now the only thing on my to-do list is to make The Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls.

Have you made them? Do you have tips? I need ’em!! Did you add chocolate to them? I’m considering it…

I’ve decided to cut the recipe in half, since I don’t need 50 cinnamon rolls in my life right now. New Year’s is soon and I need to fit into something besides my pjs.

Can we talk Spiced Hot Chocolate? Can I also admit how I sorta still love Swiss Miss? I kinda loved the crunchy marshmallows! Is that gross?

Probably…especially when you put it up to this decadent, rich, amazingness.

This was initially supposed to be a Chai Hot Chocolate, but I couldn’t find cardamon at the store, so it quickly turned into Adrianna-improvising-hot-chocolate. And guess what?! It turned out great!!

It has allspice pods (which I cracked), cinnamon sticks, bittersweet chocolate, a little milk chocolate, and good amount of freshly ground nutmeg.

I threw it in a saucepan and let it simmer for a bit and let it steep…

Then poured it through a strainer…

And got my brother to torch up some marshmallows. He LOVED doing this. Something about dudes and fire. They love it. Weird.

Merry Christmas!



Spiced Hot Chocolate

Yields 2 servings

Print this recipe!

2 cups of milk (your choice if you want low-fat)

1/4 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup of milk chocolate chips

1/4 teaspoon of allspice pods, cracked

2 cinnamon sticks

1/8 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg

Marshmallows or Whipped Cream for serving

Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan (minus the marshmallows, of course) and bring to a low simmer while you whisk frequently. If you would like it more chocolatey, add a bit more.

Take off heat and cover–steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain hot chocolate and top with toasted marshmallows or whipped cream. Yum!

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  • Reply Tiffany @ Conor & Bella December 24, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Mmm, I don’t think I’ve ever had hot chocolate with actual chocolate, just cocoa powder. I like the addition of the spices, too!

  • Reply Cheyenne Alspaugh December 24, 2010 at 5:14 am

    I made the Pioneer Cinnamon Rolls last night with a dear friend!!! The entire batch makes ~80 cinnamon rolls. They are delicious! I was nervous to use the maple coffee flavored icing, but it was amazing!! Tips we learned…Roll the dough as tight as you can…Leave a 1/2 inch with no cinnamon or sugar on the long side of you roll (this will allow the rolls to seal when you cut them so they don’t unravel)…We baked 3 pans at a time in the oven and it took ~18 minutes…Ice them with your fingers and not a knife (this way you can get icing in every little crack)…and most importantly…LICK THE SPOONS WHEN YOU ARE DONE!!!

    • Reply Adrianna December 25, 2010 at 10:52 am

      Good tips! You’re awesome!

    • Reply Cong March 1, 2015 at 12:50 am

      Thank your tips

  • Reply Tina December 24, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Oh yums! Seriously I’ve only made hot chocolate using cocoa powder but this sounds pretty delish. I love how you take the classics and put a spin to ’em. Happy holidays A 😉

  • Reply Melissa December 24, 2010 at 6:21 am

    I made the cinnamon rolls at Thanksgiving and they were delightful, I think I am going to make a 1/2 batch for tomorrow morning too. I think I am going to make this delightful hot chocolate tonight!!

  • Reply Maria December 24, 2010 at 6:51 am

    I love the added spices! Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Sara M December 24, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Oh. Wow. This is exactly what I’ve been missing in my life! I’m currently living with my family until my new apartment (!) is ready on the 2nd and I can’t see them liking this at all…or having any spices. Their spice drawer is seriously lacking. It’s just sad. And what they do have they bought in 2006.

    So come Jan 2, this will be the first thing I make in my new place.

    And maybe some of those cinnamon rolls…that just sounds awesome.

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  • Reply laura @ alittlebarefoot December 24, 2010 at 8:12 am

    wow this sounds amazing! merry christmas and safe travels home.

  • Reply Sam B. December 24, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I have made PW’s cinnamon rolls and with much success. The batch is huge and so I bake half and freeze half. Best advise for actually putting the rolls together would be to have a very large cleared workspace…it gets kinda messy. I can attest that as Pdub says, they will make your friends love you forever, etc.

    • Reply Adrianna December 28, 2010 at 2:05 pm

      I halved the recipe and it was AMAZING! I loved them.

  • Reply Design Elements December 24, 2010 at 10:17 am

    looks yummy 🙂

    ♫•*¨*•.¸¸ merry xmas ¸¸.•*¨*•♫

  • Reply Joanne December 24, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Delta is becoming bitchier and bitchier, I swear. They used to be super nice about many things. These days…not so much.

    I will take a large mug of your spiced hot chocolate with a few of PDub’s cinnamon rolls. By which i mean, I’m hypothetically inviting myself over for breakfast. <3

    Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Jessica December 24, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I made 174 of PWs cinnamon rolls, give or take 74. She has this http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/10/notes-on-cinnamon-rolls/, which I found very helpful. Good luck and enjoy!

    • Reply Adrianna December 25, 2010 at 10:51 am

      174?! Lordy! That’s a whole lot of cinnamon rolls! 😉

  • Reply karen d December 26, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Your spiced hot chocolate sounds really great. I own a company named Daybreak Farms, and we make Gourmet Marshmallows. I think one of our Mexican Hot Chocolate marshmallows (a chocolate marshmallow with just a hint of Saigon cinnamon, habanaro pepper, and cayenne pepper) would be awesome in your cocoa. If you would like to try a free bag visit my website http://www.daybreakfarmstore.com, and leave me your info. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  • Reply Kristen December 26, 2010 at 6:48 am

    I love to “doctor” up my hot cocoa… some of my favorites are adding Ghirahelli milk chocolate chips & a splash of heavy cream… or toffee bits! I am your newest follower.
    Merry Christmas!


    • Reply Adrianna December 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm

      glad you’re here, kristen! x

  • Reply katieclaireskitchen December 26, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I have tried the Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls, and I actually blogged about it! It was my first time using yeast, so it was a bit less successful than I would have hoped. But the maple glaze totally made up for it! Hope they turned out well for you!

    • Reply Adrianna December 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm

      I made them! They were amazing. So perfect for Christmas morning (and the days that followed).

  • Reply MollyL December 27, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I would love to make them but I don’t need 74 or 80 cinnamon rolls. Adriana if you make them and halve them can you post the recipe when you get a chance? I am a family of 4 and don’t even need to freeze them, just want to make them for my family. We had canned Pillsbury for xmas day, but I’d love to learn how to make them from scratch. I’m not good at having to figure out how to halve them, etc. Thanks, and hope they turned out good.

    • Reply Adrianna December 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm

      Hi Molly! I cut the recipe in half. It was super easy. A little division and you’ll be on your way!

  • Reply Katrina December 28, 2010 at 4:37 am

    This looks fantastic. I love hot chocolate and am always looking to “spice things up”. lol

  • Reply Dana January 7, 2011 at 8:21 am

    When I read spiced I thought of chocolate and chili, but that might be just a little too crazy for hot chocolate. Your recipe sounds very soul warming. The marshmallows on a stick are too cute!

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  • Reply Kattie Prattr June 15, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Nice Article Adrianna. Always love reading your stuff online. Thanks again 🙂

  • Reply Wayto October 13, 2018 at 11:19 am

    ADRIANNA You’re just read my mind 😛 I love hot chocolate so much. But When it comes with something extra spicey then nothing to say no one can stop me 😉 Though I just love your recipes thanks again. I’ll prepare tomorrow and send you the update 😉