This spiced hot cocoa recipe combines cinnamon, nutmeg and star anise to create a hot cocoa drink that’s not too rich, and full of comforting flavours.
Once the cooler weather hits, I start to crave all the warm drinks that Starbucks and Tim Horton’s have to offer. They always sound so enticing! I mean who doesn’t want a Caramel Brûlé Latte or a Candy Cane Hot Chocolate?
Heck, I’ll even drink a pumpkin spice latte once in a while, even though I think it tastes more like a candle than a coffee beverage. I’m sure it has to do with how these drinks are marketed, but drinking them makes me feel like I’m actively taking part in the season, whether it’s fall or Christmas.
The problem is that these drinks are LOADED with sugar. A tall Caramel Brûlé Latte from Starbucks, with 2% milk and whipped cream, has 42 grams of sugar. For reference, that’s more than a can of Coke (at least here in Canada).
While I enjoy both of those drinks once in a while, I know I can’t indulge in them too often (no one really should, but I’m pre-diabetic so I have to be careful). Besides, coffee shop drinks aren’t exactly cheap, so I needed a better option. That’s how I came up with this spiced hot cocoa recipe.