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Mexican Hot Chocolate
with Cayenne Pepper and Orange Zest

Mexican Hot Chocolate with Cayenne Pepper and Orange ZestHot chocolate is spiced up with a touch of cayenne pepper and grated orange zest.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/4 cup water
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
5 1/2 cups skim milk
2 cinnamon sticks
1/8 teaspoon salt

Cooking Directions:

  1. Whisk water, cocoa powder and Splenda® Granulated Sweetener in a saucepan. Slowly bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook until mixture thickens and resembles a syrup.
  2. Mix in remaining ingredients and heat. Do not boil. Serve hot.

Makes 6 (8-ounce) servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe; 8 ounces): Calories 110 | Calories from Fat 10 | Fat 1.0g (sat 0.5g) | Cholesterol 5mg | Sodium 170mg | Carbohydrates 16g | Fiber 3g | Sugars 12g | Protein 9g.

Note: Contest submission by Geraldo Avalos of Irvine, California.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of Splenda, Inc. Splenda® is a no-calorie sweetener made from sugar that is suitable for diabetics. For more information regarding this product, please call 1-800-777-5363 or visit their website at