Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Mexican Hot Chocolate with Chile #FoodnFlix #LitHappens

Creamy, decadent hot chocolate with a hint of spice from a toasted chili pepper.  This is the perfect ending to a crisp fall day.

Mexican Hot Chocolate with Chile

We are revisiting the film Chocolat with the gang over at FoodnFlix and some of us are sharing our thoughts on the novel over at Lit Happens.

Heather of All Roads Lead to the Kitchen and the administrator of FoodnFlix, invited us to help her celebrate the 10th anniversary of FoodnFlix.  Heather asked us to watch the very first movie she chose and that inspired her to start this group, Chocolat.

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You can learn all about it and learn how to join in the fun by reading Heather's invitation post.  You will also get an opportunity to read all of the movie reviews and the recipes inspired by searching #FoodnFlix on social media.  Heather will be doing a round up of all the posts submitted at the end of the month.

Heather also joined another group to which I belong, Lit Happens.  Lit Happens is a facebook book club led by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla.  We all read the same book, chosen by one of the members, and then have discussion during the month on the facebook page.  It is not a cooking club at all but many of us are food bloggers and get inspiration from whatever we are reading and share those on the facebook page as well.


I have seen this film once before but not for FoodnFlix.  I also read the novel but not for LitHappens.  In 2015/16 several of us embarked on an adventure with the Judy from the Book Club Cookbook .  They Book Club Cookbook is based on readings by different book clubs where they share recipes inspired by the books.  They compiled a cookbook and sent one to several of us.  Under the guidance of my friend, Cam, we each chose a chapter a month for one year and made a recipe from the cookbook.  We could read the books if we chose but it wasn't required.  I normally read the selection and in June 2016 I not only read Chocolat but I also watched the film.  You can read my review of the book and see the recipe for the White and Black Cake I made in this post.

Since I reviewed the book for that post I am concentrating on the film for this post.  This film came out in 2000 and stars Juliette Binoche as Vianne and Victoire Thivisol as her daughter, Anouk.  It also stars Johnny Depp as Vianne's love interest and Alfred Molino as her nemesis.

Vianne and her daughter arrive in rural France where they open a chocolate shop.  The shop is right across the street from the church and the season of Lent is just starting.  As rural areas often are, people are set in their ways and not very welcoming.  Add to this the Mayor of the town who does not look kindly upon strangers, especially single mother's who have never been married.

Vianne has some magical qualities about her and as she gets to know and love the people in town they love her and her chocolates right back.  

The movie starts with Vianne stirring hot chocolate.  She serves hot chocolate throughout the movie.  She tries several times to serve Roux (Depp) his favorite chocolate, being told each time that while he enjoyed each offering, it was not his favorite.  Towards the end of the film, Vianne gives Roux a cup of hot chocolate and he smiles and says that she finally got it right.  Hot chocolate is his favorite.

ingredients Mexican Hot Chocolate with Chile

This was my inspiration to share a Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe with you today.  I pulled out a package of semi sweet Mexican Chocolate and a dried chile.  I grated 3 oz. of the chocolate while I place the chile over heat to toast.  When the chile was toasted, I added light cream and vanilla to the pan and brought it to a simmer.  Then I stirred in the chocolate until it was melted and smooth.  

Mexican Hot Chocolate with Chile pin

I enjoyed this cup of creamy deliciousness for breakfast one morning with a slice of toast.  I loved the tiny bite of spice from the chile.  I can see why it was Roux' favorite.  

If you are not a reader and want a relaxed evening, make up a cup of this chocolate and pop in the film.  I think you will enjoy it.  However, if you are a reader, forego the film and pick up the novel to enjoy with that hot chocolate.  I found the book much more enjoyable than the film but that is normally the case with me.

Chocolate, Hot Chocolate, Drinks, Mexican
Yield: 2 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Creamy, decadent hot chocolate with a hint of spice from a toasted chili pepper. This is the perfect ending to a crisp fall day.
Prep time: 3 MinCook time: 7 MinTotal time: 10 Min


  • 3 oz. Mexican chocolate, finely grated
  • 1 small dried chile
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 c. light cream


  1. Toast the chile over med high heat in a small sauce pan, about a minute a side.
  2. Add cream and vanilla to the chile in the pan and heat to steaming but not boiling.   Whisk in the chocolate until melted and creamy smooth. 
  3. Divide into 2 cups and serve.



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  1. Oooo! Yum. It's chilly enough this morning that I'd love a mug full of that deliciousness. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Love this. I think I've got some Mexican chocolate (but it might be unsweetened) in the pantry. It is almost time to dig out the hot chocolate mugs. :)

  3. Your chocolate sounds very nice -- a bit like the Aztecs, whose chocolate drink had chilis but no milk (cows were introduced by the Europeans) and no sugar (also European). I like mine sweet and milky.

    be well... mae at


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