Hot chocolate was a popular beverage and healthy recipes as far back as 2000 years ago. The Mayans and the Aztecs believed that chocolate was a food taken from Paradise and given to man by the god Quetzalcoatl. Chocolate was considered so powerful a drink and so precious that the nobility served it in golden cups which were thrown away after the chocolate was consumed. Those ancient people believed that chocolate was a nourishing, easy desserts and healthy drink, capable of maintaining youth and arousing sexual prowess.
And surprise, surprise! recent experiments have proven that those ancient Aztecs knew what they were talking about; everything they claimed chocolate could do has been shown to be scientifically true.
Ingredients: Aztec hot chocolate: 1 1/2 cups of Milk, 1 cup of Chocolate Shavings, 2 Chipolata peppers, cinnamon stick
Heat up milk on medium heat in a pot. Remove 1 1/2 cups of milk into a measuring cup. Put two whole chipolata peppers into the hot milk. Cover it with saran wrap for two minutes. Strain the milk and add shaved chocolate. Whisk it together. Top it with whipped cream and grate cinnamon stick over the top.
In order to avail of the health benefits of hot chocolate it is better to use unsweetened powdered cocoa. Powdered cocoa has less fat and more chocolate than processed commercial chocolates. Mix in just the right amount of sugar to deaden its bitter taste. Preferably, use dark brown sugar or molasses to sweeten it. Adding a pinch or two of cinnamon will increase the health value of your hot chocolate. You can also follow the example of the Aztecs and add a few corn flakes to it or lace it with medicinal herbs.