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Spicy Hot Chocolate Mocha

Spicy Hot Chocolate Mocha – Coffee, cocoa, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and nutmeg come together in this delicious Spicy Hot Chocolate Mocha drink.

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Make your own mocha at home, and never have to stop at Starbucks again!

Don’t wanna be the one to break this to you, (your computer probably beat me to it) but today is October 1.

That means that we are officially done with Summer. At least that’s how I feel. September is still a big part of Summer for me. But, October is definitely Fall. Yesterday I decorated my home to fit the Fall/Harvest theme. My house is all brown and orange… my husband kinda rolled his eyes when he saw… whatevs! I also put a couple of scarecrows in the front yard – they are so cute!

Do you decorate according to the seasons? I find that it helps me enjoy the time that much more. Is it just me?!

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Another question; have you ever made something food-related and didn’t know what the heck to call it?! That was me and this extremely magnificent, stunning little hotness of a drink! Spicy Hot Chocolate Mocha seems fitting, but it took me a good 20 minutes to decide on it.

I often go to my kitchen counter, bring out the guns, a.k.a. brown sugar, sugar, coffee, chocolate chips, butter, etc… – and get to work. Recipe development is my FAVE! I enjoy watching ingredients come together, making something as wonderful as a cookie, a cake, or even a drink.

Hot Chocolate Mocha

There are many ways to make a mocha, but this will teach you how to make a delicious winter coffee drink.

While I was in the middle of producing this concoction, I realized that my love for coffee is SO BIG that I could not go on with making this spicy hot chocolate without throwing a tablespoon of cawfee in there. I, just,

Obsessed!? You think?!? Naaaaaah! I just need to be awake!

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If you are still trying to get over this whole Summer-thing being ova, try embracing Fall with a cup of this deliciousness. For reals. It will blow you away!

Okay, so it might not literally blow you away, but I think you will love it! If you don’t love it enough, then just throw a shot of bourbon in it… you will start loving everything around you, not just the drink… 🙂 While you’re at it, you can also try my other Hot Chocolate drink – Spiked Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate – that one is BEYOND!


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Spicy Hot Chocolate Mocha

Katerina | Diethood
Coffee, cocoa, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and nutmeg come together in this delicious Spicy Hot Chocolate Mocha drink.
5 from 1 vote
Servings : 2 servings
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes


  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Whipped Cream
  • Marshmallows
  • mini chocolate chips
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Caramel Syrup


  • Place all ingredients, except the toppings, in a medium-sized saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, constantly whisking, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through.
  • Pour into two coffee cups or glasses and top with whipped cream, marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, chocolate syrup and caramel syrup.
  • Serve.


Calories: 152 kcal | Carbohydrates: 32 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 2 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 6 mg | Sodium: 175 mg | Potassium: 245 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 27 g | Vitamin A: 150 IU | Calcium: 75 mg | Iron: 0.8 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caffe mocha, mocha coffee, mocha latte
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33 comments on “Spicy Hot Chocolate Mocha”

  1. Katerina, I am sooooo glad I joined your band of followers a short while ago! Delicious recipes, funny writing and the most gorgeous photography! Today I sent eldest daughter your above recipe – like you (and I) she is in “constant need of coffee”. But for me, as a German I got all nostalgic reading about your Autumn! (Fall) decorations. Living now in South India I miss the change of Seasons, the cold and snow (and so does my Indian husband!!!!!). How I wish you had included some photographs of your lovely decorations. Ciao Carina

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      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Carina!! Thanks soooo much for the kind words!!
      Though I hate winter, I do like the changing seasons, too. Besides, I need a season that makes way for hot chocolate and pumpkin! hehe 😀
      I hope your daughter will enjoy the drink!
      Have a great weekend!!

  2. I felt a little deceived when I read “Spicy”. Thought you’d have some cayenne in there. Which is wonderful in chocolate! Looks and sounds great but I recommend changing it to “Spiced”

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    Lora @cakeduchess

    hahaha! cracking up over the bourbon idea. Which sounds like a nice one for a cool evening;) So I used to have instant espresso around for recipes. I need to get some more to make this very soon!:)

  4. I would love to try this. 🙂 You are tempting me with that drip of chocolate on the mug… YUM!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I’ve been hesitant to buy instant coffee, but I think I’m convinced that I need good instant coffee (if you have a brand you like, let me know!) so that I can make this!! If I can drink this everyday, I’ll be happy this fall. 🙂

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      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Nami! I recommend Nescafe! That’s my favorite instant coffee – it tastes SO GOOD!

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    Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    This hot chocolate sounds amazing! With the leaves falling and a bitter chill in the air, I’m making this, this weekend! Yum!

  7. How could one say no to this after looking at those pictures! What a mocha! I love the idea of adding a shot of bourbon. This will be a great drink for the trip to the mountains this weekend. It’s suppose to snow. Thanks!

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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen

    I totally get into the holiday decorating around here but I’ve been so busy that all I’ve done is pull out the plastic containers which are still just sitting in my living room!

    I’m loving this spiced hot chocolate idea. Sounds warm and cozy!

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    Emily @ Life on Food

    Hot chocolate is something I try to enjoy as much as possible all winter long. Yes a little coffee does the body good.

  10. Yummy drink but I’ve started storing fat for the winter (I started in May but I’m still using that excuse) so no gooey chocolate and caramel syrups for me. I can enjoy it vicariously however. 🙂

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen

    Hahaha! I love your philosophy, Kate… “If you don’t love it enough, then just throw a shot of bourbon in it”! You’re my kind of woman. Actually, I know I would love this. LOVE the photography and styling here, too! Will pin during peak times at Pinterest!

  12. Oooohhh!!! I have everything in the house. I’m going to the kitchen right now so my husband and I can enjoy this!

      1. Yes, I did! I have some instant coffee that I’m not crazy about, so drinking it this way made it yummy.

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          Katerina Petrovska

          Awesome!! 🙂 My husband and I had it earlier with instant decaf … I can’t sleep if I have coffee past 4 pm. 😀

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    October is finally here! And I can’t wait to indulge in decadent drinks like this one! Pinned!!!

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    Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots)

    I am convinced summer isn’t over yet! But I still want this comforting drink! It looks so pretty with all the toppings!

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