Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate with Curry Paste

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This Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate with Curry Paste might seem strange. But a little bit of Thai Red Curry Paste, with its toasted spices, dried and fresh chilies, and aromatics, makes a complex and spicy mocha perfect for warming you up. Jump to Recipe

Slightly angled vertical view of glass mug with metal handle filled with hot chocolate and surrounded by cocoa powder, chocolate wafers, and dried chilies.

It also feels great on a sore and scratchy throat because of the spice. My body has been fighting off colds for a while now. Instead of fully catching a cold though I think I’ve just developed a sinus infection.

Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate with Curry Paste

Slightly angled vertical view of glass mug with metal handle filled with hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, and surrounded by cocoa powder, chocolate wafers, and dried chilies.

If there is one coffee drink that inevitably disappoints me, it’s a Mexican Mocha or Spicy Mocha. And that’s because I had perfection my first try.

Vertical shot of hand holding a shot glass pouring coffee into a glass coffee mug surrounded my cocoa powder, chocolate wafers, and dried chilies.

When I worked at the Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society, I would walk over to Flying Goat Coffee and treat myself to an Aztec Mocha, aka magic in a cup. It’s a pretty decadent drink, almost on par with a real European style hot chocolate.

Vertical view of liquid in a saucepan being poured into a glass coffee mug surrounded my cocoa powder, chocolate wafers, and dried chilies.

And it was spicy, no doubt. But it was also complex and warmed you up from the inside out. Every time I set out to recreate that flavor, I failed.

Vertical view of liquid in a saucepan being poured into a glass coffee mug surrounded my cocoa powder, chocolate wafers, and dried chilies.

Vertical view of liquid in a saucepan being poured into a glass coffee mug surrounded my cocoa powder, chocolate wafers, and dried chilies.

Vertical view of Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate surrounded by cocoa powder, chocolate wafers, and dried chilies.

Overhead view of Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate with Curry Paste on a cocoa covered baking sheet surrounded by chocolate wafers and dried chilies

I’m a big fan of using flavor enhancers I already have on hand. It means less work for me. So I had the crazy idea to use my homemade Red Thai Curry Paste in a mocha. It has toasted spices as well as dried and fresh chilies, all of which can help create that spicy and warming sensation.

How to make Thai Red Curry Paste

But it also has some ingredients that didn’t sound very appetizing when paired with coffee and chocolate. I was worried the garlic, shallots, and shrimp paste would be too funky. And it is when you don’t use the right amount of milk.

Slightly angled vertical view of glass mug with metal handle filled with hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, and surrounded by cocoa powder, chocolate wafers, and dried chilies.

For my coffee drinks, I’ve found the magic ratio usually includes 1/3 cup milk. It tasted good with that amount but there was a funky aftertaste I wasn’t fond of. But by adding a little more milk, that funky aftertaste disappeared and I had the perfectly spiced mocha.

Vertical view of Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate topped with whipped cream and surrounded by cocoa powder, chocolate wafers, and dried chilies.

Vertical view of a Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate with whipped cream being sprinkled with chocolate shavings.

Overhead view of Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate with Curry Paste topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings on cocoa covered baking sheet.

Downloadable Christmas Recipe Cards

Who’s a fan of gift baskets? I love creating them and they can be a lot of fun. Beverage themed baskets are my favorite because they are so versatile and you can keep the price range low if needed but also go all out.

They’re also great for last minute rushed gift. I know there’s only 6 more days until Christmas but this is the week I normally get everything put together.

Here’re the contents of the ones I gave out last year:

  • Maple Peanut Butter Syrup in an 8-ounce mason jar with a rustic cloth over the top, tied with twine, and with a tag + travel size Kahlua bottle + 3×4 inch recipe card for a Maple Peanut Butter Latte printed on card stock and then laminated.
  • Maple Cinnamon Syrup + travel size Fireball Whiskey bottle + recipe card for a Maple Cinnamon Latte
  • Gingersnap Syrup + travel size vodka bottle + recipe cards for a Gingersnap White Russian and a Gingersnap Latte
  • Hot chocolate cocoa mix in a mason jar + Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark squares + recipe card for a Quick Peppermint Mocha
  • A milk frother

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Don’t worry if you can’t download them right away, I’ll be keeping the PDF document at the bottom of my emails for easy access for all of December. If this all sounds great and you aren’t a subscriber, then you know what to do.

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Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate with Curry Paste

This Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate with Curry Paste might seem strange. But a little bit of Thai Red Curry Paste, with its toasted spices, dried and fresh chilies, and aromatics, makes a complex and spicy mocha perfect for warming you up.
Servings 1
Prep Time 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk, 2% or whole
  • 1 teaspoon Thai Red Curry Paste preferably homemade
  • 1 ounce dark chocolate melting wafers 14 Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers
  • 2 ounces coffee or espresso*
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream optional
  • chocolate shavings or cocoa powder optional

Instructions

  • Brew the coffee in a Moka or espresso machine. 
  • If you are topping your drink with whipped cream, beat the heavy whipping cream in a stainless steel or glass bowl on high speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside. 
  • Put the Thai Red Curry Paste and milk in a blender and mix until smooth. 
  • Pour through a strainer into a saucepan, add the chocolate, and turn the heat on medium-low. Mix together until the chocolate is melted. 
  • Turn the heat off, and use a milk frother to froth the milk. 
  • Add the coffee to your mug. Pour the frothed milk into the coffee. Top with the whipped cream and dust with chocolate shavings or cocoa powder. 

Notes

*a Moka creates a brew stronger than coffee but not quite as strong or as frothy as espresso. 2 ounces is tested with both dripped coffee and a Moka but not an espresso machine.
Author: Megan Wells
Course: Beverages

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  1. Such an interesting and unusual way to use curry paste. I am going to definitely try that. Just love spice with chocolate, especially paprika

  2. 5 stars
    Curry paste Mocha! Genius! I always love your recipes Meg, I think you are without a doubt one of the most creative bloggers out there. Happy Holidays!! I will be making this mocha many times this winter for sure. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Tiffany, that means so much to hear that from you ❤️! Happy Holidays!

  3. would have never thought to use thai curry paste in a mocha!! it sounds super cozy and warming though, and i get bored with mochas halfway through the cup, so this sounds like it’d be perfect for me (:

    1. It is! And lol, I never get bored with mochas, but I do need them to be small because then I can only drink half of them.

  4. 5 stars
    I am very intrigued by this drink! I grew up drinking European style hot chocolate (well, my mom just called it hot cocoa and so did I and everyone else), so I am familiar with the allure of the dark richness you are referring to. The curry paste addition is absolutely thrilling and the milk to balance it all seems just perfect. This would be a great drink to have for apres ski. Pinned!

    1. You grew up with the good stuff! And I haven’t gone skiing since I was little, but I can’t imagine a better way to treat myself after spending all day in the snow.

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