Spicy Hot Chocolate with Fermented Chile Paste

  • Serves

    serves 1

  • Cook

    5 minutes


By Elizabeth Chin

Published on December 21, 2016

This mix goes way beyond the typical flavors with umami Chinese fermented black bean chile paste and chile powder for a spicy, savory hot cocoa that delivers a kick of heat to the back of your throat. This is one hot cocoa that doesn't taste like anything else you've ever tried.

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  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped milk chocolate or milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 12 tsp. fermented black bean paste
  • 14 tsp. chipotle morita powder, or another spicy chili powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup whole milk


Step 1

In a mug, add the cocoa powder, chocolate, sugar, black bean paste, chili powder, and salt.

Step 2

In a small pot, add the milk and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Step 3

Remove and transfer the milk to the mug; stir until the chocolate is melted and the spices are incorporated, about 1 minute.

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