Our chile hot chocolate takes "hot chocolate" to a whole new level with the addition of arbol chile. For the chile-wary, don't worry: although it adds a touch of heat, the chile is more flavor than fire.  chile hot chocolate

Chile Hot Chocolate Makes 1 cup

1              Arbol Chile 1/2          Cup Heavy Cream 1/2          Cup Whole Milk 1              Oz Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (apx 1/4 Cup)--use the good stuff, it's worth it 1  1/2       Tablespoons Cocoa Powder 1               Tablespoon Granulated Sugar

In a small sauté pan, toast the chile on both sides until fragrant. Add the chile to the heavy cream and milk in a small saucepan and heat on medium until simmering. Turn off heat and let it sit for 6-8 minutes.

Combine the chocolate, cocoa powder and sugar in a mixing bowl.

Return dairy to a simmer and pour over chocolate, whisking until fully combined and the chocolate is melted.

Strain chile from hot chocolate and serve.

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