Dirty Hot Chocolate

Dirty Hot Chocolate

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Adjust Servings:
1 Tablespoon, chopped Dark Chocolate
2 teaspoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 teaspoons Sugar
0.25 teaspoon Cinnamon
0.25 teaspoon Sea Salt
8 ounces Hot Water
4 ounces Non-Dairy Milk
1 shot Espresso

Dirty Hot Chocolate

  • 5 Minutes
  • Serves 1
  • Easy




Tis’ the season for a cozy mug of hot chocolate with a pinch of cinnamon and a shot of espresso!

However, if it’s the middle of summer and you are craving that decadent chocolate drink, I will not judge you!

I love all kinds of hot cocoa. Add some marshmallows on top, make it spicy, extra frosty milk, any thing goes.

The only hot chocolate no no is using a pre-made packets!

Making a hot cocoa at home is so easy and you can customize it.

This drink is dirty because it has a bit of cinnamon and a shot of espresso.

If you are thinking that this drink is just like a mocha you are not incorrect!

I am using two different chocolate elements with the dark chocolate and cocoa powder. This keeps the drink chocolate forward rather than being a coffee beverage.

Using a high quality dark chocolate and unsweetened cocoa powder is key.

Just a bit of salt will enhance the flavor and sweetness. Don’t skip this step!

I am keeping it dairy free by using a non-dairy milk beverage. Homemade almond milk and oat milk are my favorite!



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Chop The Dark Chocolate

I recommend using a high-quality dark chocolate bar or dark chocolate chips!


Get a Mug

Add the chopped chocolate, sugar, cinnamon and sea salt to your mug then top with boiling hot water.

Allow to sit for 20-30 seconds then whisk to combine.

Top with steamed milk then pour in the shot of espresso.

Garnish with shaved chocolate and a pinch of cinnamon.


Hi guys, so glad you are here! My food blog is about easy, colorful and mostly healthy recipes. I grew up in Germany and have been in the states since 2002. Currently, I am living in sunny Miami, FL! Please leave me a comment if you have questions or recipe requests and also follow me on social media via @foodbyjonister. Happy cooking and eating!

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