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Simple and Zesty Orange Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon

Orange and chocolate is a magical combination. They work so well together because the chocolate is intense and rich, while the orange is fresh, fruity and zesty. This orange hot chocolate is simple, it’s zesty and it’s rich in chocolate flavor with a hint of warming cinnamon. A true comforting cup of deliciousness that is perfect with a donut or a cookie for dipping!

 

Hands holding a cup of orange hot chocolate. Donuts in the background.

 

This hot chocolate with orange and cinnamon is the perfect Easter drink. I don’t know about you, but during Easter, Norwegians go up to their cabins, go skiing and drink hot chocolates and eat oranges for lunch out in the mountains. Or snuggled up by the fireplace when you get back to the cabin. Either way, a forever winning combination!

 

Two blue and white patterned mugs with hot orange chocolate.

 

How to make this simple and zesty orange hot chocolate

 

Add a cup of milk to a saucepan, over medium heat. Add in unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, zest of one orange, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Give it a stir, and once it starts to simmer and rise, add in the rest of the milk. Serve warm.

 

Taste, do you find it too bitter? Add in a little more sugar. Too sweet? – more unsweetened cocoa powder. If you find it too flavorful and rich – more milk. It’s impossible to ruin this delicious cup of orange hot chocolate! Strain it into four (or two large!) cups to avoid drinking the zest.

 

I like to serve it a little more bitter, because I love to top my hot chocolate with either sweet marshmallows or sweet whipped cream to balance it out. If so, I use 7 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder.

 

Two cups with hot chocolate, one orange striped towel between them and donuts on the side. Flatlay.

 

Best enjoyed with some fresh donuts, cookies, homemade sweet buns or cinnamon rolls!

 

Winning Combinations of Flavors

 

It’s hard to explain, but some combinations of flavors just work better than others. Orange and chocolate are definitely one of those, hence why I adore this dark chocolate orange cake too. Other winning combinations are

 

 

Are there any other classic and fab combinations I’m missing out? Let me know in the comments. Sometimes great combinations can be surprising too, like strawberry + basil and pomegranate + any meat (try it in this recipe!). I’m sure you’ll find your next favorite combination in this list. Enjoy!

 

Two blue and white mugs with hot chocolate. Orange slices and an orange colored striped towel in the background.

 

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This recipe was originally published on Dec 19th 2017, but updated on Feb 18th 2020 for better photos and content.

 

Hands holding a cup of hot chocolate.

Two blue and white patterned mugs with hot orange chocolate.

Simple and Zesty Orange Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

Hot chocolate infused with delicious Wintery of orange and cinnamon. Perfect to snuggle next to the fireplace in the cold Winter.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups whole milk, 1 liter
  • 5 tbsp sugar, or to taste
  • 6-7 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, or to taste
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Add a cup of milk to a saucepan, over medium heat. Add in unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, zest of one orange, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Give it a stir, and once it starts to simmer and rise, add in the rest of the milk. Serve warm.
  2. Taste, do you find it too bitter? Add in a little more sugar. Too sweet? - more unsweetened cocoa powder. If you find it too flavorful and rich - more milk. I have it more bitter (about 7 tbsp) when I add sweet toppings like marshmallows.
  3. Strain it through a sieve before you pour it into cups to avoid drinking the zest! 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5.2gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 138mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 3gProtein: 9.5g

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Sakshi

Sunday 24th of May 2020

Hey, i wana try this, but orange isn't available as of now so can I use lemon zest or any alternative???

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

You will not get the same flavor with lemon zest (but it can still be delicious!). I would definitely give lemon zest a try. But this hot chocolate would still be delicious without the citrus too. Maybe add a little chili and it would become a Mexican hot chocolate! Let me know how it goes.

Ramona

Wednesday 26th of February 2020

Oh my! The combo its definitely a winner. I never thought of mixing cinnamon with orange but I have to say I will be making this a regular now. Thanks for sharing this recipe ;-)

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Wednesday 26th of February 2020

Thank you, Ramona. I'm glad you liked it!

Jacque Hastert

Tuesday 25th of February 2020

This sounds perfect on a cold day like today. I am going to have to run and grab some missing ingredients. So I can be sipping on this evening with my daughters.

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Wednesday 26th of February 2020

That sounds like such a cozy evening. Enjoy!

Amy Liu Dong

Sunday 23rd of February 2020

Such a nice idea to add cinnamon in our favorite hot chocolate drink. It looks so delicious and absolutely healthy. This will definitely a great hit among our kids.

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Monday 24th of February 2020

I love the cinnamon in this hot chocolate. Thank you so much, enjoy!

Emily

Sunday 23rd of February 2020

What delicious hot chocolate! The orange flavor is such a nice touch and perfect during citrus season!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Monday 24th of February 2020

Thank you so much, Emily! Great oranges = great hot chocolate!

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