Spiced Hot Chocolate

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Adapted from a recipe in Better Homes & Gardens Meals for 1 or 2. Sorry, made this last night and it tasted like something was missing and I realized it was the cinnamon. It was in the directions, but I accidentally left it out of the ingredients list. It's been updated now.

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  • add   1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • add   1 dash salt
  • add   1/4 teaspoon orange zest, grated (or a couple drops of orange oil)
  • add   nutmeg (to garnish)
  • add   1/4 cup water
  • add   5 cardamom pods, crushed or 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • add   3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • add   1 3/4 cups milk
  • add   2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • add   2 tablespoons dark brown sugar (or more, to taste)
  • add   2 whole cloves

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, orange zest, and salt.
  2. Blend in water and heat to boiling.
  3. Boil gently for 1 minute.
  4. Mix in milk and vanilla and heat almost to boiling, but do NOT allow to boil.
  5. Remove whole spices, then beat with a mixer until frothy.
  6. Pour into mugs, garnish if desired, and serve hot.