This ultra-creamy Spanish CBD Hot Chocolate recipe features a decadent, healing blend of dark chocolate with spices, full-spectrum CBD, and Linalool terpenes.
“Healing food is made with love and thoughtful intention, and when the ingredients play an important role in improving your wellbeing. When I talk about healing through food, this Hot Chocolate is the ultimate healing food.”
– Carlos Leo
The Healing Foods Project
The world’s serious enough. Let’s heal and have fun!
The Healing Foods Project is a recipe series inspired by healing and connection through food. Featuring gourmet recipes that enhance the therapeutic benefits of terpenes and CBD, we partner with chefs, food artisans, and bartenders across the country to bring you fun, shareable recipes with a synergistic twist.
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Spiced Spanish Hot Chocolate with CBD and Linalool
- 5 large mugs
- 1 measuring cup
- 1 large saucepan
- Whisk or fork
- Stirring spoon
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 8 oz dark chocolate
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee/espresso powder
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1-5 scoops Water-Soluble CBD Powder (1)
- 3-5 drops Linalool Terpene (2)
- Whipped cream (store-bought or homemade)
- ¼ cup sweet coconut flakes
- Cinnamon Infused Maple Syrup (3) - regular is also delicious!
★ Homemade Whipped Cream
- ½ cup heavy cream - cold
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 pinch Xanthan gum - optional, to stabilize the cream and help it keep longer
- Heat milk and coconut milk in a large saucepan at low-medium heat.
- Add cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, vanilla, and instant espresso powder. Stir constantly until everything is combined.
- Pour some of the hot milk into a measuring cup and mix with cornstarch until lumps dissolve.
- Pour mixture back into saucepan.
- Add the dark chocolate and stir until melted. Keep stirring until you reach desired thickness (5-10 min)
- Add terpenes and CBD powder. Stir constantly until everything is combined.
- Serve in a large mug with whipped cream, coconut flakes, and a drizzle of cinnamon maple syrup.
★ Homemade Whipped Cream
- Whip cold cream with 1 maple syrup until soft peaks form. Add Xanthan gum (optional). Keep whipping until stiff peaks.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many scoops of CBD powder should I use when making CBD hot chocolate?
If your goal is to provide 1 complete dose for each serving, we recommend starting with 1 scoop per person, or 5 scoops total (12 mg/scoop). For a lighter touch, add fewer scoops. Since our Water-Soluble CBD Powder is flavorless and mixes easily, more scoops will not affect the taste or texture.
How do I use terpenes in hot drinks?
When cooking with terpenes, it’s very important to dilute and use the recommended quantities (more does not equal better). Terpenes can be diluted by carrier oils, and in this case, the MCT fats in the chocolate and coconut milk. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend using no more than a 1% concentration by volume. This equates to about 1-2 drops per 8 oz.
Healing Ingredients In This Spanish CBD Hot Chocolate
“Spiced Spanish Hot Chocolate is my favorite hot drink that I discovered when visiting my sister in Barcelona – I always get this treat the second I land! I have a very emotional attachment to this hot drink, filled with such wonderful memories…the love of family heals my soul and brings emotional balance to my life.”
This synergistic twist on Carlos’ ultra-rich and creamy Spiced Spanish Hot Chocolate recipe features highly nutritious and antioxidant packed ingredients infused with the healing benefits full-spectrum CBD and linalool terpenes.
To get the most nutrition and healing benefits from chocolate, seek varieties with at least 70% cacao. For example, dark chocolate with cacao content above 70% was shown to be highly nutritious. A 3oz bar contains:
- 9 grams of fiber
- 56% of daily iron
- 75% of daily magnesium
- 75% of daily copper
- 83% of daily manganese
Dark chocolate is also very high in antioxidants and phytonutrients called flavonoids, which have proven to contribute to cancer prevention, weight loss, and heart health. One study even showed that dark chocolate had more antioxidant activity than another other fruits tests – including blueberries and acai berries!
Coconut milk is rich in healthy saturated fats called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). These fats are more rapidly broken down and absorbed into the body, which makes them a quick energy source and less likely to be stored as fat.
Coconut milk is also a good of vitamins and minerals. In fact, one cup of raw coconut milk contains:
- 11% of daily vitamin C
- 10% of daily folate
- 22% of daily iron
- 22% of daily manganese
- 18% of daily potassium
- 32% of daily copper
- 110% of daily manganese
- 21% of daily selenium
Water-Soluble CBD Powder
Our Golden Apple Cannabis Water-Soluble CBD Powder is a flavorless powder formulated for potency without the frills. Its fast-acting formula is made with nano-emulsified, full-spectrum CBD hemp extract, making it perfect for infusing into sweet and savory dishes (more tips here).
CBD is widely used as a natural remedy for balancing and maintaining:
- Physical wellbeing
- Emotional wellbeing
- Mental wellbeing
- Optimal skin health
- Better sleep
- Immunity support
“The CBD powder – I genuinely love this product because it’s tasteless. I can use it in almost anything, and it won’t change the flavor profile.”
Think of terpenes as even purer forms of essential oils. Terpenes are natural compounds that influence a plant’s aroma, flavor, and physiological effects. They are present in cannabis, as well as many other plants, herbs, and fruits.
Linalool is a floral terpene with spicy notes and an aroma reminiscent of lavender and lily of the valley. It’s commonly found in lavender, mint, laurel, citrus fruits, and cannabis.
Linalool is a powerful terpene for general health – it’s even linked to the production of Vitamin E in the body. It’s other researched benefits include:
- Sleep aid and relaxant
- Mental wellness
- Emotional wellness
- Pain relief
Meet Carlos & Geoffrey of Spoonabilities
This Healing Foods recipe is brought to you by Carlos Leo, co-founder of Spoonabilities, and an aspiring chef, blogger, and food photographer from Miami, Florida.
“Every recipe has a special story and place in my heart, and these are the stories I want to share.”
More than an aspiring chef, we see Carlos as a culinary artist and storyteller. He built Spoonabilities, a recipe blog and online shop, with his husband Geoffrey to create space for these stories.
“After spending hours at farmer’s markets, cafés, and restaurants around the world, we start talking about how wonderful it would be to buy the products we fell in love with, share our discoveries with people, and support family-owned businesses all over the world.”
Carlos’ recipes feature both classic favorites and new twists on Dominican, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Spanish, and traditional American cuisine.