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Oaxacan Inspired Hot Chocolate

The first chocolate drink is believed to have been created by the Maya around 2,500–3,000 years ago, and a cocoa drink was an essential part of Aztec culture  by 1400 AD. Hot chocolate  became popular in Europe after being introduced from Mexico and has been enjoyed around the world ever since.
On Dia de Los Muertos, Oaxacan hot chocolate is  placed on altars as an offering for the spirits who, it is believed, visit their loved ones on this one day of the year and consume the essence of the drink  for them.l
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk (we used 1/2 almond milk and 1/2 full fat coconut milk)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Cacao Powder
  • 1-2 tbsp Maple Crystals
  • pinch Pure Vanilla Powder
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Options: cocoa powder, chopped chocolate bar, or cinnamon for garnish.

Directions:

Heat milk and cinnamon in a saucepan for about 5 minutes on low/medium heat while whisking occasionally. Add Arriba Nacional Cacao Powder and remaining ingredients. Stir for 2 more minutes. Pour into a friend's mug and your own. Enjoy!!

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