Mexican Hot Chocolate

Cozy, creamy, and rich, this Mexican Hot Chocolate is a craveable combo of sweet and spicy thanks to rich Mexican chocolate, Cholula ® Original Hot Sauce and McCormick® Cinnamon. 
5 min
5 min

Servings: 4 (1-cup)


  • 4 cups half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon, plus more for garnish
  • 8 ounces Mexican chocolate, plus more for garnish substitution Substitutions available
    • dark chocolate (70%)
  • 2 tablespoons Cholula® Original Hot Sauce
  • Whipped cream, to garnish
  • McCormick® Cinnamon Sticks, to garnish


  • 1 Mix half-and-half, sugar, and cinnamon in medium saucepan, bring just to boil on medium heat. Remove from heat.
  • 2 Whisk chocolate into the warm cream mixture until melted and mixture is frothy. Add Hot Sauce; mix until smooth.
  • 3 Serve with whipped cream and cinnamon sticks. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon and chocolate shavings, if desired.

    Test Kitchen Tips:
    • A Molinillo is a hand-carved wooden stirrer or whisk with roots in Mexican and Latin American cuisine. It is traditionally used to mix and froth warm drinks like hot chocolate or Champurrado. The tool is typically carved from one piece of wood, with a long handle and a sturdy base with moving rings and indentations. To use a molinillo, roll the handle back and forth between the palms of your hands to churn and froth hot chocolate.
    • Not a fan of dark chocolate? Try using semi-sweet!