Reminiscent of hot chocolate from the days of the early American colonies, this Colonial Hot Chocolate incorporates the traditional warm spices for an old-fashioned, nostalgic, and absolutely delicious flavor.
strip of orange rind(optional; if using add it in the beginning with the whole milk)
pinch of red chili powder (optional for a little kick)
Pour the milk in a small saucepan and add the star anise, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt. Slowly heat the milk until it is very hot and steaming but not boiling (should take at least 5 minutes to give the spices time to infuse the milk). Add the brown sugar, vanilla extract, and dark chocolate and whisk until melted. Bring the mixture to a low simmer and simmer for another 5 minutes, whisking constantly to prevent scorching. Pour into mugs and if desired serve with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cocoa powder and ground cinnamon.