The Book Club Cookbook offers recipes to accompany their book suggestions. Chocolat by Joann Harris, of course, has a recipe for hot cocoa , but it seems too bland. I like the one from the movie better – has that zing.
Mix together 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, pinch of salt. Add 1/2 cup of hot water and bring to a slow boil. Reduce to simmer, and add 3 cups whole milk. Simmer for a few minutes to warm; do not boil. Remove from heat; stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Pour into cups and top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.