Cooking with Truvia: Exotic Hot Chocolate

Truvia™ is a zero-calorie, natural sweetener that's an alternative to sugar. Besides adding it to coffee and tea, you can safely cook with Truvia. (Download this Sweetness Conversion Chart to figure out how much Truvia you’ll need to substitute for sugar.)

I recently used it to make a special hot chocolate recipe from celebrity chef, Marisa Churchill of Top Chef and The Food Network Challenge fame. First, here’s the original recipe, followed by my recommendation to lower the calories and fat.

Exotic Hot Chocolate

Makes 3 servings

Ingredients:

  • hot chocolate in a teacup 2 cups 1 % milk
  • 6 packets Truvia™ natural sweetener (1/8 cup & 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 of a vanilla bean
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3 star anise (available in the spice isle of the supermarket)
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, optional for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a small pot, combine the Truvia™ natural sweetener, cocoa powder, cinnamon, star anise, salt, and cayenne. 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. Whisk in the milk.
  2. 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. Add in the chopped chocolate and whisk until melted.
  3. Pour the hot chocolate into three mugs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve immediately.

Nutritional information

I plugged the ingredients in the Calorie Count Recipe Analyzer, which gave it a Nutrition Grade of B. Not bad.

Calories 153
Total Fat 9.8g
Saturated Fat 6.1g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 8mg
Sodium 126mg
Total Carbohydrates 14.7g
Dietary Fiber 3.7g
Sugars 8.8g
Protein 8.1g
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 21%
Iron 17%

Revising the recipe

My family thought the cayenne was too spicy. It was almost like drinking a a chocolate mole. After two sips, my daughter – who loves chocolate – refused to drink anymore, so it’s not a recipe I’d try again.

Instead, here’s my revised recipe. I chose evaporated milk over 1% milk because it’s creamier, which eliminated the need for the unsweetened chocolate chips. I upped the cocoa powder and star anise, too. I also chose vanilla extract over vanilla bean for practicality sake since I always have extract in stock.

If you don’t like anise, eliminate it. And if it isn’t sweet enough, add another packet or two of Truvia. Feel free to experiment with other spices like nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Using pumpkin pie spice would be a fun variation.

This Mama’s Hot Chocolate

Makes 3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fat free evaporated milk
  • 6 packets Truvia natural sweetener
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 4 star anise
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. In a small sauce pan, combine the Truvia™ natural sweetener, cocoa powder, cinnamon, star anise, vanilla extract and salt.
  2. Whisk in the evaporated milk.
  3. Place the pan on the stove over medium heat. Whisk frequently so that nothing settles to the bottom of the pot and burns.
  4. Once the mixture comes to a boil, remove the pot from the heat.
  5. Pour the hot chocolate into three mugs and serve immediately.

Nutritional information

I plugged the ingredients in the Calorie Count Recipe Analyzer, which gave it a Nutrition Grade of B+. Less fat, less fiber, more protein, more sodium and more calcium – good stuff.

Calories 148
Calories from Fat 10
Total Fat 1.1g
Saturated Fat 0.7g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 7mg
Sodium 248mg
Total Carbohydrates 22.5g
Dietary Fiber 1.8g
Sugars 19.6g
Protein 14.0g
Vitamin A 13%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 50%
Iron 7%

For more recipes using Truvia, check out the Truvia recipe section.

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Disclosure: I was given two boxes of Truvia to sample and use in cooking.

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