I found this website and was intrigued by the "Mayan Hot Chocolate". I made it (without vanilla bean or almonds/hazelnuts because I had none) and I must say the chili kick makes it a winner. It doesn't taste much different than Mexican hot chocolate but the spice is nice.
Mayan Hot Chocolate
(from recipe gold mine)
1 chile pepper, cut in half, seeds removed
5 cups light cream, or whole milk or nonfat milk
, split lengthwise
1 to 2 cinnamon sticks
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate OR 3 tablets
Mexican chocolate, cut into 2-inch pieces
or honey or to taste
or hazelnuts, ground extra fine
Add chile pepper to 2 cups boiling water. Cook until liquid is reduced to 1 cup. Remove chile pepper; strain for stray seeds, and set aside.
In a medium-size
, combine cream or milk, vanilla bean and cinnamon stick. Heat over medium flame until bubbles appear around the edge. Reduce heat to low; add chocolate and sugar or honey;
occasionally until chocolate is melted and sugar dissolves.
Turn off heat; remove vanilla bean and cinnamon stick, stir in ground almonds or hazelnuts. Add chile pepper infusion, a little at a time, making sure the flavor isn't too strong. If chocolate is too thick, thin with a little more milk.