Spiced Hot Cocoa

Spiced Hot Cocoa

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  • 4 1/2 cups milk; plus 1 to 2 tablespoons
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup sugar, or to taste


Bring the milk to a boil with the vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks and cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and add to the milk. Discard the pod. Combine the cardamom, cocoa and sugar with 1 to 2 tablespoons cold milk to form a paste. Whisk into the boiling milk and simmer another 2 or 3 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks and enjoy.

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