Chilli Chocolate Toddy

Chilli chocolate toddyI thought I’d start this post by moaning about how work gets seriously in the way of play these days, but then I remembered I won’t have this job come January and thought better of it. ;-) (I will have a grant instead: will look good in my CV, will mean borderline poverty for six months!) Anyway! I haven’t had the time to bake much in what seems like forever. A few batches of cinnamon rolls, and that’s it really. But, as this month’s We Should Cocoa features one of my very favourite combinations, chilli and chocolate, I just had to find the time to take part! This challenge is hosted by Shaheen of Allotment2Kitchen, and the entire We Should Cocoa goodness was created by Choclette and Michelle of Chocolate Teapot fame – but her blog address invariably takes me to Google sign-in page? Hmm. I hope it’s just a temporary glitch!


On to the recipe! It’s getting cold and snowy and wintery and we need something to warm us up, right? It’s hot (in more ways than one), it’s sweet, it’s spicy, it’s chocolate, and it’s alcohol – what more could you ask for really? – it’s Chilli Chocolate Toddy!


Chilli Chocolate Toddy (4 servings)


600 ml full milk

1 tablespoon light brown sugar

90 g bittersweet chocolate

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

1 fresh red chilli pepper

75 ml rum

75ml brandy


Trim, halve and deseed the red chilli.

In a saucepan, combine milk, sugar, chocolate, cinnamon, allspice and chilli pepper halves. Heat gently over low-medium heat, stirring often, until the ingredients have completely blended (well, save for the chilli pepper halves!) and the mixture is close to boiling point.

Remove chilli pepper halves. (Stop here and you have a wonderful hot chocolate to enjoy!  Or continue to give it an adult twist:) Whisk in rum and brandy. Pour into mugs: garnish with chocolate shavings or sprinkle with cinnamon, if preferred. Serve hot.




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  • Choclette says:

    Think I’ll go for the adult twist please – just what is needed in these cold dark days. I haven’t tried logging on to Chele’s site in quite a while, so don’t know if it’s still live. I’ll try it out. Thanks for playing along with WSC despite your busyness. Good luck with your studies come January.

    25/11/2014 at 18:57
  • shaheen says:

    I don’t have either rum or brandy in the house, but if I had I would be making this, really. Its sounds lovely. Its also nice to make your acquaintance, I don’t think I’ve ever stumbled upon your blog, so thank you so much for sharing your recipe with WSC and making an acquaintance. Good luck with your studies too.

    30/11/2014 at 20:27

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