Nourishing Orange Hot Cocoa

Frothy hot cocoa with a hint of orange, and floral raw honey.

Hot cocoa was made for rainy days, for snowy days, or really for almost any type of day. There is something about wrapping your hands around a mug of creamy goodness and savoring the moment. The weather can be raging outside, yet in the warmth of your home with the mug in your hands, a stormy day can be delightful.

Have you ever eaten a chocolate orange? You know the orange flavored milk chocolate molded to look like an orange with individual segments. If you have found memories them, then this nourishing orange hot cocoa is for you!

I remember the first time I ate a chocolate orange, it was at a family Christmas gathering. A few cousins and I watched my dad crack it open. We all tried a piece but I sadly found it left wanting. Then one day I had a piece of fair-trade orange flavored dark chocolate and I was in love!

That bar of chocolate was just begging for a hot cocoa inspired by it to be made. This nourishing orange hot cocoa is rich, frothy, and slightly sweet, just like any good cocoa should be. My tried and true favourite is my classic hot cocoa, yet sometimes you want something a little different.

It has all the flavor of an orange chocolate bar in a mug, it with floral orange blossom raw honey (affiliate link). The honey blends perfectly with the cocoa while highlighting the lightness of the orange flavor. Orange blossom honey is more delicate when compared to the darker, more robust clover honey that you commonly find in stores.

The orange flavor can be achieved by either adding a drop of orange essential oil to the cocoa or a small amount of orange extract.

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Nourishing Orange Hot Cocoa

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Yield 2 1/2 cups

Frothy hot cocoa with a hint of orange, and floral raw honey. This nourishing orange hot cocoa has all the flavor of an orange chocolate bar in a mug.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat the milk in a small saucepan. If you are using dairy careful not to let the milk curdle. For raw milk, it is best to not let it get any warmer than 110 F to preserve most of the beneficial properties of the raw milk. For frothy milk, use a milk frother.
  2. In a small bowl or mug mix the cocoa powder, raw honey, orange extract/essential oil, and vanilla extract. Stir with a fork or a small whisk until a smooth paste is formed.
  3. Divide the cocoa paste between two mugs. Pour in the milk and stir gently to mix.
  4. Serve each cup of cocoa with a generous dollop of whipped cream if desired and orange zest.

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Nourishing Orange Hot Cocoa

2 1/2 cups raw milk (or milk substitute of choice)
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons raw honey
1 teaspoon homemade vanilla extract
1 teaspoon orange extract (or 4 drops sweet orange essential oil)
whipped cream (optional)
orange zest (optional)

Heat the milk in a small saucepan. If you are using dairy careful not to let the milk curdle. For raw milk, it is best to not let it get any warmer than 110 F to preserve most of the beneficial properties of the raw milk. For frothy milk, use a milk frother.

In a small bowl or mug mix the cocoa powder, raw honey, orange extract/essential oil, and vanilla extract. Stir with a fork or a small whisk until a smooth paste is formed.

Divide the cocoa paste between two mugs. Pour in the milk and stir gently to mix.

Serve each cup of cocoa with a generous dollop of whipped cream if desired and orange zest.

What is your favourite type of hot cocoa?

 

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

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Warm spices mingling with rich cocoa, a touch of pumpkin mixed in, topped with maple whipped cream – it’s a whole new way to enjoy fall.

Every year as the cooler weather settles in the world gets a tiny bit extremely excited about pumpkin spice lattes and other fall drinks. I didn’t get the hype for several years until I made one myself, after that I was hooked.

This year as autumn made it’s appearance I decided that I needed a change – enter pumpkin spice hot cocoa! Chocolate and pumpkin are a surprising, yet delicious combination. That’s why recipes such as my pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are so tasty.

I am a huge fan of hot cocoa, and all forms of dark chocolate, if truth be told. I pretty much have a hot cocoa recipe to go with each season now that this tasty pumpkin spice version has been added to my list.

Learn how to make your own at The Nourishing Gourmet! 

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

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Homemade Chilie Mocha

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Spicy and sweet with lots of cocoa- pure delight!

Chilie mochas are all the rage right now if you go to a certain chain coffee shop, though I doubt if they will ever hold a candle to the pumpkin spice latte. Yet if you are a chocolate loving person, you will probably find a place in your heart for this “new” coffee drink as well.

I’ll admit when I went in to get a coffee and enjoy the free internet a couple weeks ago I was rather tempted to try one. Instead, I opted to make my own homemade chilie mocha because that’s what I do.

I have no idea why I never made a spicy mocha before now. I used to make spicy hot cocoa for my girls in Mexico. I even make a spicy chocolate headache relieving paste but the chilie mocha never crossed my kitchen until two weeks ago.

Now that I have enjoyed one several, you can be sure that I will continue to do so. Chilie and cocoa are the perfect pairing, if you have ever had chicken mole, you know exactly what I am talking about if you haven’t you better get on it. 😉

Coffee shops may be calling your name but first give this spicy treat a try.

Other seasonal drinks to enjoy: 

Homemade Chilie Mocha

2 cups raw milk (or milk substitute of choice)
1/2 cup espresso or strong coffee
2 TBS cocoa powder
1- 2 TBS sucanat (or sugar)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4-1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp ground paprika
1/4 tsp unrefined salt
Whipped cream (optional)

In a small sauce pot, heat the milk over low heat. If you are using raw milk be sure not to heat over 110 degrees.

Mix the cocoa powder, sucanat, cinnamon, cayenne, paprika, and unrefined salt in a small bowl. Add the espresso/coffee and vanilla. Stir in to make a thick paste.

Add the cocoa paste to the warm milk. Wisk until smooth.

Pour into two cups, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle with additional cinnamon and cayenne if desired.

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Homemade Chilie Mocha
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw milk (or milk substitute of choice)
  • ½ cup espresso or strong coffee
  • 2 TBS cocoa powder
  • 1- 2 TBS sucanat (or sugar)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼-1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground paprika
  • ¼ tsp unrefined salt
  • Whipped cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pot, heat the milk over low heat. If you are using raw milk be sure not to heat over 110 degrees.
  2. Mix the cocoa powder, sucanat, cinnamon, cayenne, paprika, and unrefined salt in a small bowl. Add the espresso/coffee and vanilla. Stir in to make a thick paste.
  3. Add the cocoa paste to the warm milk. Wisk until smooth.
  4. Pour into two cups, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle with additional cinnamon and cayenne if desired.

 

White Hot Chocolate (Inspired by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)

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Rich and creamy, this dairy-free white hot chocolate transports you to the land of Narnia.

As winter melts into spring I can’t help but to think of the magical land of Narnia as it was right before Aslan returned, in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It was a cold and bleak place, with no hope for the future, a world of never ending winter.

Edmund followed his sister Lucy through the wardrobe, unable to find her, he found himself alone and cold in the snowy woods.

To his surprise a “Queen” better known as the White Witch pulled up beside him in her sleigh. Once she realized he was a “son of Adam” she changed from harsh creature to a flattering and almost nurturing type. Despite Edmund’s trepidations he was beguiled but the promise of warmth, a hot drink, Turkish delight, and ultimately a kingdom.

Edmund felt much better as he began to sip the hot drink. It was something he has never tasted before, very sweet and foamy and creamy, and it warmed him right down to his toes

~C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 


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I always wished that I could be Edmond just for a few minutes so I could savor the delicious, hot drink and Turkish Delight too!  It left me wondering what that very sweet and foamy and creamy could possibly be.

It couldn’t be classic hot cocoa since that was already popular in England. It occurred to me that it very well could be a white hot chocolate, which is oh so creamy, and not commonly drank at that time.

Join me at The Nourishing Gourmet for the recipe.

White Hot Chocolate (Inspired by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)

Real Food Iced Mocha

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It’s a hot summer day. The afternoon slump is setting in you feel like you need. coffee. now! Before you load up the kids to get your favourite iced coffee drink at the local coffee shop consider making it at home.

You may even have all the ingredients in your kitchen. That iced mocha can be ready in less time than it takes to wrangle the kids and get them buckled in. I’ve got you  thinking right? 🙂

Turn on the sprinklers if you don’t live in California, send the kids out to play in the backyard, and take a few mommy moments. Even if you aren’t mom coffee breaks are lovely.

Prepare coffee in whatever system you use. I use this espresso percolator most of the time but I really like my french fresh as well.  Grab a bottle of chocolate syrup (or make your own), your favourite milk, water and some ice. That’s it. If you like it a little sweeter maple syrup tastes great in this iced mocha.

If the kids come back in and want a treat too, you can whip them up a quick batch of raw chocolate milk, or just stir homemade syrup into a glass of milk.

This real food iced mocha fits perfectly in a 24 oz mason jar like the one I used in the photo.  I like that it’s nice and portable. Plus it has a bit of that “coffee shop” feel. A dear friend made my cup for me but Traditional Cooking School has a tutorial on how to make one yourself.

Add in options:

Coffee Ice Cubes
Raw Whipped Cream
Dark Chocolate Syrup
Salted Caramel Sauce
Chocolate Whipped Cream

Real Food Iced Mocha
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups ice
  • 2 shots espresso (1/4 cup strong coffee)
  • ¼ cup cream (or milk of choice)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 TSS dark chocolate syrup
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Add everything but the ice to a 16 oz glass, stir until mixed. Add the ice and serve.

 What is your favorite iced coffee drink?