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Exotic Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot chocolate gets extra warmth and a little kick with a special blend of spices. Marisa’s recipe has 16% fewer calories* and 40% less sugar* per serving than the full-sugar version. Makes 1.5 servings.

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes

Serving size

12 fl oz. (360 mL)


490 Calories


  • 2 cups 1% milk

  • 5 zero-calorie Truvia Natural Sweetener Sachets***

  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon

  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper

  • ½ of a vanilla bean

  • ⅓ cup unsweetened chocolate, chopped

  • 3 anise stars

  • Pinch of salt

  • 3 cinnamon sticks (Optional Garnish)

  • Optional Garnish: 3 cinnamon sticks

***or 1 Tbsp + 2 ¼ tsp of zero-calorie Truvia Natural Sweetener Spoonable Jar


  • 1.

    In a small pot, combine the Truvia Original Sweetener, cocoa powder, cinnamon, star anise, salt, and cayenne pepper.

  • 2.

    Cut the vanilla bean in half-length wise, scrape the black seeds out of the pod using the back of a knife, and add it into the pot.

  • 3.

    Whisk in the milk. Place the pot on the stove over medium heat. Whisk frequently so that nothing settles to the bottom of the pot and burns. Once the mixture comes to a boil, remove the pot from the heat.

  • 4.

    Add in the chopped chocolate and whisk until melted.

  • 5.

    Pour the hot chocolate into the mugs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve immediately.

  • 6.

    Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Note: This hot chocolate can also be made several days in advance, refrigerated, and reheated before serving.

*This beverage has 490 calories and 16g of sugar per serving compared to the regular sugar-sweetened version which has 590 calories and 27g of sugar. See nutritional facts for additional information.

**Erythritol value may vary based on your choice of sweetener.

Nutrition Per Serving / Per 100g

Total Fat 26g
Saturated Fat 16g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 15mg
Sodium 400mg
Total Carbohydrate 51g
Dietary Fiber 15g
Total Sugars 16g
Erythritol** 11g
Protein 21g
Vitamin D 0% DV
Calcium 35% DV
Iron 70% DV
Potassium 8% DV