Recipe: Spicy Hot Chocolate

Winter is here! Temperatures have dropped and in some places, there’s snow on the ground. There’s no better way to warm up than with a cozy cup of hot chocolate–with an extra kick: chili!

"L" mug from the Letters collection Villeroy & Boch

Chili and chocolate is a popular combination and once you’ve tried it, it’s not hard to see why. The richness of the chocolate blends perfectly with the heat from the chili powder and cayenne.


  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne (optional – you can omit this if you don’t want it too spicy)
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate


  • In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add milk, cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, chili powder, cayenne pepper.
  • Mix together with a whisk, add the bittersweet chocolate and heat until the chocolate has completely melted and the mixture is hot, but not boiling.
  • Divide hot chocolate into 2 mugs and serve with your favorite toppings: marshmallows, chocolate shavings or a a cinnamon stick (great for stirring)!

Choose your favorite mug and voila! You’ve got a hot cup of cocoa with a kick! Though we have a ton of mugs to choose from, we recommend serving this spicy hot chocolate in one of the mugs from our brand-new Letters collection.

Letters mugs collection Villeroy & Boch

About the Letters Collection

First names, character traits, hobbies, star signs – one single letter can evoke so many associations. The new Letters collection features mugs with each letter of the alphabet. The striking black handwritten letters from A-Z contrast greatly with the white premium porcelain mug and add a personal touch. The Letters collection shows just how multi-faceted one single character can be. Featuring a rounded shape, the mug also radiates a cozy and relaxed feeling for enjoying some me time. Perfect to give friends, neighbors or a favorite colleague as a small gift with a personal message. Or to treat yourself!

You can shop the brand-new Letters collection here: Letters mugs.