Exotic Hot Chocolate in a clear glass mug

Exotic Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot chocolate gets extra warmth and a little kick with a special blend of spices. Makes 1.5 servings.

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes

Serving size

12 fl oz. (360 mL)




  • 2 cups low fat or skim milk

  • 5 Truvia Low-Kilojoule Sweetener Sachets*

  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 18 tsp cinnamon

  • 18 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 12 of a vanilla bean

  • 13 cup unsweetened chocolate, chopped

  • 3 anise stars

  • Pinch of salt

  • 3 cinnamon sticks (Optional Garnish)


  • 1.

    In a small pot, combine the Truvia Low-Kilojoule Sweetener, cocoa powder, cinnamon, star anise, salt, and cayenne pepper.

  • 2.

    Cut the vanilla bean in half-length wise, scrape the black seeds out of the pod using the back of a knife, and add it into the pot.

  • 3.

    Whisk in the milk. Place the pot on the stove over medium heat. Whisk frequently so that nothing settles to the bottom of the pot and burns. Once the mixture comes to a boil, remove the pot from the heat.

  • 4.

    Add in the chopped chocolate and whisk until melted.

  • 5.

    Pour the hot chocolate into the mugs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve immediately.

  • 6.

    Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Note: This hot chocolate can also be made several days in advance, refrigerated, and reheated before serving.