For the love of chocolate! Many of us women crave it as a guilty and sinful pleasure, but why? Life is filled with crazy fad diets, stress and heartbreak so why not give yourself the go-ahead to pamper without guilt. Chocolate is something to look forward to and enjoy without limitations.

Why is it, that nearly all of us love chocolate, is it because it tastes great as it slowly melts in your mouth or is it the melting feeling that gives us a moment of true ecstasy? Chocolate makes us feel good and never fails in giving us a natural high.

It is believed that chocolate is an aphrodisiac and rumour has it, it’s also great for your ‘love’ life and perfect when spiced up with chilli. If you plan to have to have a night in after a dull and rainy day then light some candles. Unwind over a movie and take a sip of this delectable chilli hot chocolate and lose yourself with the rich and creamy texture that you love so much. Let your heart race and feel the blood rushing through your body as you begin to feel light-headed.

…but wait, ladies this doesn’t just tingle your tongue…

There is a reason why chocolate floods the stores, it’s long been thought to have aphrodisiac qualities. Romance aside, warm chilli and chocolate is the perfect combination for lifting your mood and there is nothing quite as decadent.

Serves 2
Shopping list:

2 cups of whole milk
½ cup of single cream
½ vanilla bean, split
¼ tsp red chilli flakes
1 cinnamon stick
1 whole orange peel
70g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces

How to make it:

In a small or medium-sized saucepan, slowly heat the milk and single cream along with the vanilla bean, red chilli flakes, cinnamon stick and orange peel. Slowly stir with a wooden spoon or a soft spatula until steaming.

Place the chocolate into a small, heatproof bowl and pour in half the milk mixture. Allow to sit for a minute. Slowly whisk the milk mixture with the chocolate until the chocolate is melted through and velvety.

Pour the chocolate mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining milk. Allow to heat for a few minutes, being careful not to boil. Slowly stir, until the bitterness of the chocolate marries perfectly with the warming spices whilst the rich, aromatic aromas tantalise your senses.

Remove from the heat and rest for five minutes. Double strain through a fine sieve. Serve warm and enjoy to your heart’s content.

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