From Jalapeno Chocolate Milkshakes to Spicy Hot Chocolate Mixes

By: Katherine Pendrill - Sep 21, 2015
These spicy chocolate beverages are designed to appeal to adventurous consumers. As cuisine becomes more global, consumers are developing an interest in international flavors and spices. These drinks give consumers a new way to enjoy traditionally sweet beverages.

Hot chocolate is one product that has always paired well with different spices. In ancient Mexico, the Aztecs often added chili peppers to cocoa beans in order to make flavorful chocolate drinks. In the modern era, hot chocolate has been infused with less common spices, such as cayenne, cardamom and ginger. These spices are drawn from different parts of the globe, in order to offer a different take on traditional hot cocoa.

Although spicy chocolate drinks are often served warm, many brands have been experimenting with adding different spices to chilled beverages. These spicy chocolate beverages provide a unique culinary experience by delivering an expected burst of flavor. For example, Sonic now offers a chocolate jalapeno shake that provides the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. These kinds of hybrid drinks demonstrate that consumers are looking for chocolate beverages that deliver unexpected flavors.