Feb 22

Mexican Orange Hot Chocolate

Favorite Chocolate Matches: Does your chocolate need a friend? This monthโ€™s posting will be after Valentines Day, so you may have a bit of extra chocolate around. Whatโ€™s your favorite chocolate match? Be it traditional peanut butter or something more exotic like cayenne + chocolate. Show us your favorite healthy chocolate combo recipe.

Oh ho ho, this was somewhat of a hard one, but what a great theme!

Although I’m not the biggest fan of super-sweet things, I do in fact like chocolate. It’s pretty wonderful, and if I were to reveal to you that my candy supply comes exclusively from day-after-Halloween sales, you totally shouldn’t judge me, because that’s just called strategic shopping/frugal living. :]

  • With peanut butter (I’ve been known to pound down Reeses pieces like nobody’s business!)
  • With mint (Andes mints! Chocolate peppermint everything over the holidays! <3)
  • With popcorn (Although not technically a flavor, it goes wonderfully with Cake Batter Popcorn <3 )
  • With caramel (Snickers & Twix would have to have a throwdown for me to decide which one was my favorite candy bar)
  • With chili (No, seriously, it’s really good! <3)
  • With fruit (I recently had chocolate-covered pineapples at the peds clinic I was rotating at and they were glorious!)

Basically, you [probably] can’t go wrong with me and chocolate.

There’s also a special place in my heart for chocolate & orange. I had several squares of a Lindt Excellence Intense Orange Dark Chocolate Bar for the first time in grad school, and holy eff, it was wonderful. :O

Not so long ago in the distant past, my friend Ricardo sent me a thing of Ibarra chocolate:


I’ve been meaning to make Mexican hot chocolate with it for the longestttt time, so I decided to combine the two concepts, and bam! Mexican Orange Hot Chocolate was born! <3 (Thanks, Ricardo! :O!!)

Originally, I wanted to throw in a cinnamon stick to make it at least slightly more aesthetically pleasing…but I scoured three stores and they didn’t have any (…), so you gotta work with what you’ve got.

This super-quick and simple recipe takes only about 5 ingredients (6 if you want to be super fancy) makes two servings, and you can use chocolate almond milk if you want extra chocolate-y goodness!

I made it on a snow day during my pediatrics rotation (something came up, so my preceptor gave me the day off and I used it to study, work out, work on my CV, start scheduling my 4th-year rotations, and make a bunch of food). That warm chocolate infused with orange and a spicy cinnamon-y kick definitely made the freezing cold a little less terrible in my mind! :]

Mexican Orange Hot Chocolate

Mexican Orange Hot Chocolate


  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 wedge of Ibarra Mexican Chocolate
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 2 orange slices (optional)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional; not pictured)


  1. Combine the milk, chocolate, and orange slices (if using) in a saucepan and warm over medium heat until chocolate has melted.
  2. Stir in orange extract and cayenne pepper.
  3. Add cinnamon sticks (if using) to mugs, and sprinkle with a little more cayenne pepper before serving!


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  1. LydiaF

    Have you tried pairing wine and chocolate? I had a friend who was excited about it, but I never really liked it. I do like chocolate and orange, though and the chocolate you chose is perfect for it. Too bad you couldn’t find the cinnamon.
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    1. Farrah

      I haven’t, although I’ve heard that they’re good together! I’m kinda deficient in the enzyme that you need to metabolize alcohol, so I stay away from it as much as humanly possible.

      Sad times, but I actually got a hold of some recently! ๐Ÿ˜€ Will be remaking it properly soon! :]

  2. diane

    Sounds delicious and I’m glad you had a day to really savor it!
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    1. Farrah

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€ I definitely enjoyed that day off!

  3. Rachael@AvocadoADayNutrition

    I frequently make Mexican hot chocolate but I’ve never thought to add orange to it. Thanks for the inspiration!
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    1. Farrah

      Hope you enjoy it! I love Mexican hot chocolate! :]

  4. EA-The Spicy RD

    Love this! And you know that I love chocolate and orange paired together too ๐Ÿ™‚ There is no snow on the ground where I live, but I think a foggy morning is a good enough excuse to drink this, don’t you think?!!
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    1. Farrah

      Of course! ;P I’m always up for any excuse to enjoy something like this! :]

  5. Ricardo


    1. Farrah

      You are awesome, good sir! :O

  6. Sonali- The Foodie Physician

    This sounds delicious! I actually just had some hot chocolate in Mexico and now I really wish I had added some orange to it!
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    1. Farrah

      I’ve never tried authentic hot chocolate in/from Mexico! I bet it was awesome! <3

  7. Lauren @ Eating with a Purpose

    Yum- I love a little spice with my chocolate. Typically I don’t care for orange flavor, but with chocolate, I love it! Will have to try this out.
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    1. Farrah

      I usually don’t really eat oranges too often on their own, but have recently started eating em’ more because they’re often on sale (yay!). They’re definitely even better with chocolate! ;P

  8. genevieve @ gratitude & greens

    I’ve never tried Mexican hot chocolate with orange, but it sounds like an interesting combo! I’d love to give it a whirl. It’s so sweet of your friend to send you chocolate! Hope you’re having a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! ๐Ÿ˜€ My weekend was definitely much-needed! So sad to have to get back to the grind tomorrow! ๐Ÿ˜›

  9. Christine @ Taste of Divine

    Love the chocolate/cayenne combination. Fell in love with it years ago when I had a spicy chocolatey cookie at a cafe in Nashville. I bet this hot chocolate is awesome Pinning ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Farrah

      That sounds awesome! I can’t say I’ve ever had a spicy chocolatey cookie, but I think I’m gonna have to give Pinterest a visit quite soon! ๐Ÿ˜›

  10. Alanna

    Completely forgot about orange + chocolate!! Would have never thought to put it into hot chocolate ๐Ÿ™‚ And I totally look out for the after-holiday candy sales haha
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    1. Farrah

      Gotta save money where we can, right? ;P

  11. Rosie

    I love this recipe – I was just thinking how I haven’t had chocolate with orange this year and was missing it, now I can have it!!!

    1. Farrah

      Awesome! Hope you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. Ivanna

    I love Mexican Hot chocolate, what a great twist with orange!
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    1. Farrah

      It made me miss those Lindt chocolates a little less! ;P

  13. Annemarie (Real Food Real Deals)

    I love this idea! The orange must be such a delicious flavor with the chocolate. Thanks for the inspiration. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Farrah

      I love it! I’m probably gonna have to make it again soon! ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Min

    Mmm…the weather dropped from 70 to 30s overnight, and now I’m so wishing I could be sipping on this warm hot chocolate with orange!! Yes, I absolutely adore chocolate + orange + cinnamon ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Farrah

      Aughh! That does not sound fun at all. :[ Stay warm! <3

  15. Katie

    I am so jealous of people like you who say you don’t have a sweet tooth. I have a sweet tooth so big, some would call it a problem (I call it delicious). Why can’t I stay away from you, sugar?!

    Also, this looks amazing.
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    1. Farrah

      Ohhh, I mostly definitely have a sweet tooth (ice cream, Reese pieces, Snickers, Twix, etc…)! I just can’t take anything that’s disturbingly concentrated in sweetness!

      Thank you! <3

  16. Sarah

    My mom would love this!
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    1. Farrah

      Glad to hear that! I hope she enjoys it! :]

  17. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    With cayenne, cinnamon, orange and chocolate – clearly this is a partay in a mug!

    1. Farrah

      Indeed it is! ๐Ÿ˜€ + turns into a party in yo’ mouth! :O!!

  18. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

    i need a cup or two of this hot chocolate right now.
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    1. Farrah

      The fact that it made only two cups was good for me in the sense that it was built-in portion control–otherwise, I’d be in a world of tummy-hurt! ๐Ÿ˜›

  19. GingerRachelle

    I absolutely love hot chocolate! Well I love chocolate in general. When I make hot cocoa I tend to go over board on the cream/milk so I try to use almond milk instead, it doesn’t always work out that way. I love adding some spice to chocolate , coffee or mint too. Great recipe!

    1. Farrah

      haha, same here with the chocolate love! I haven’t tried adding spice to coffee or mint, but that sounds awesome! I will have to experiment! :]!

  20. Erin@BeetsPerMinute

    This sounds magical. It’s so cold where I am right now I feel like this would be the perfect beverage! Thanks for sharing, Farrah!
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    1. Farrah

      ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s been super cold here lately too (summer, come back!!), but this has been doing a great job of warming up my soul! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  21. Jess @hellotofit

    Oh, what an interesting combo of flavors!! I’d love to try this.
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    1. Farrah

      It is glorious! I may have to make it today because my rotation’s making me super gloomy. This would be a great pick-me-up!

  22. Marie@NourishYouDelicious

    This drink looks awesome, love the combo of flavors you used!!
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    1. Farrah

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€ It tastes kinda like that Chocolate Orange Lindt bar in liquid form! <3

  23. Jessica @ Nutritioulicious

    I would love a cup of this right now! So over the cold!

    1. Farrah

      Same here! I want summer to come back!

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