How to Make Cinnamon Orange Hot Cocoa

Posted on Tue, Dec 23, 2014


I have to admit, the idea of orange and chocolate has never appealed to me.  As a child I did have a slight curiosity about the famous break apart orange chocolates that you would see every Christmas (do they still make those?).  But, the flavor combination just sounded quite frankly...odd.

I thought I would do the mature thing and give it a shot for this weeks recipe.  As you chocolate orange lovers probably would guess- I was pleasantly surprised.  They really do make a great pair!  The bright flavor of the citrus seems to add a life to the milk chocolate or a brightness that I never knew was missing.  

Let's get to the recipe...

You will need:

1 Cafe Escapes milk chocolate hot cocoa

1 Tbsp of orange zest (divided)


whipped cream

- Start by zesting an orange.  There are a variety of orange zesters out there, I like this style (and that is a great price!) but, in general, I just use my good ol' fashioned multi purpose grater.

- Place the orange zest (minus one pinch for the topping) into your favorite large mug.

- Next, brew your Cafe Escapes milk chocolate hot cocoa K-cup directly into the same mug containing the orange zest.  I use the highest water setting of my Keurig and am always pleased with the results. 

- Stir gently.

- Top with whipped cream, cinnamon and the remaining orange zest.

The flavors in this indulgent hot cocoa recipe all play off of each other but, maintain a nice understaded taste. There is nothing overwhelming, just a pleasant play on contradicinting ingredients that creates delicious results!

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