Peruvian Hot Chocolate infused with Cinnamon and Allspice

Peruvian Hot Chocolate infused with Cinnamon and Allspice, the perfect treat on a cold day!


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Peruvian Hot Chocolate

I know what you must be thinking.

What is so special about Peruvian Hot Chocolate? Why can’t I just open a little pouch and heat some water in the microwave?

Well, you can. But then you would be completely missing out. Unlike that little pouch, Peruvian Hot Chocolate is infused with cinnamon and allspice, giving it a depth of flavor you won’t find in a pouch.

Interesting fact. While we in North America enjoy our hot chocolate in the winter, it is actually the beginning of summer in Peru. One might think they would wait till it was winter to enjoy this drink, but they drink it in the summer. It is part of their holiday traditions, just as it is here in the states.

Peruvian Hot Chocolate

The Difference

Peruvian Hot Chocolate is different because they simmer it with cinnamon sticks and allspice. You can opt for using ground cinnamon and ground allspice, but if you do, you may want to get some spice bags so you don’t lose the smoothness of your hot chocolate. When I asked my husband his memories of drinking hot chocolate in Peru, he replied that it was good, but he never finished it because of the grainy stuff at the bottom.

American Gluten Free ReviewThis hot chocolate tends to be a bit sweeter than most, which makes it perfect for serving alongside a gluten free biscotti, which are delicious but don’t have a tendency to be as sweet. The biscotti I chose to serve it with are from my American Gluten Free Box. They are from Mariposa and were so good my husband asked me twice if I was sure they were gluten free. (If you want to try out American Gluten Free use the code MIAMI50 to get 50% off your first box!)

Traditionally, this would be served with Panettone, but I have only found a gluten free version on Amazon, and I haven’t tried it. Perhaps one day I will work on a recipe for it.

Recipe Notes

Sweetened Condensed Milk

Usually, this would be made by using granulated sugar and evaporated milk, but I had a can of sweetened condensed milk on hand and it worked great. Feel free to add it slowly to monitor the sweetness of your hot chocolate.

If you have any leftovers, just refrigerate it. It will last a few days. You can also reheat it with a teaspoon of instant espresso powder for a cafe mocha style drink!

Looking for another twist on hot chocolate? Try this Vegan Superfood Maca Hot Chocolate from Salted Plains!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

Print Recipe
5 from 2 votes

Peruvian Hot Chocolate infused with Cinnamon and Allspice


  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coco powder
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole allspice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk


  • Heat water in a small pot until boiling.
  • Stir in coco powder.
  • Add cinnamon sticks and allspice. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in milk.
  • Stir in 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk. Taste for sweetness. Add rest as desired.
  • Simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

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    December 30, 2021 at 8:20 am

    Hi Amanda! My name is Kayla, and I ran across your site while looking for a Peruvian Hot Chocolate recipe. I’m also a blogger (at working on a resource list of ways Christmas is celebrated around the world. I plan to highlight chocolatadas, and would love to include your Pervian Hot Chocolate recipe. I will, of course, credit you, and link to your site while promoting. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks, Kayla

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      January 3, 2022 at 8:17 am

      Hi! I am just now seeing this, but you are welcome to use a photo and link to the recipe. Please just don’t copy the whole recipe into the post. If you have any questions feel free to email me Thanks!

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    Kristen R.
    November 21, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    I love the addition of the spices to the cocoa! And with my sweet tooth this sounds like a perfect combo.

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    November 6, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Love this twist on hot chocolate! can’t wait to try it.

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    Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons
    November 6, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Love the idea of the cinnamon stick and allspice! Definitely a winner!

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    November 5, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Hot chocolate always sounds so good!

    One Awesome Momma

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    Taylor Pilkington
    November 5, 2016 at 10:39 am

    This sounds so good! The perfect treat for the cooler months 🙂

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    Christina Shoemaker
    November 5, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Oh my! Looks and sounds yummy! I love the additions of all spice and condensed milk!

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    November 5, 2016 at 9:23 am

    This sounds delicious! And I love that it’s gluten free. Thank you so much for sharing — I’m definitely trying this soon!

    Annie |

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    November 5, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I have recently gone GF so I am thrilled to find your blog. The hot chocolate sounds delicious!

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    Hey Erin Nicole
    November 5, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Yum!! I will definitely be trying this out! It looks so delicious!

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    November 5, 2016 at 8:13 am

    While I am not a hot chocolate lover, my children and husband are. This sounds amazing. I’m definitely saving it for later for them to try.

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    November 4, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Such a wonderful flavor combination, sounds very warming.

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    November 4, 2016 at 7:52 am

    This sounds amazing! I love allspice 🙂

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    Ari | Naturally Ari
    November 3, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Wow! I’ve heard of Mexican hot chocolate but never Peruvian hot chocolate! I can’t wait to try this!

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    November 3, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    I’m all about turning it into a yummy mocha! Sounds delicious

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    Karen - Sarcastic Parent
    November 3, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    I really love mexican hot chocolate. I wonder if this tastes similar. It sounds delicious!

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    November 3, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    This sounds amazing. I can’t wait to try it!

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    November 3, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    You and I are on the same warm, spiced drink kick! Yay for colder weather.

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    November 3, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Everything about this drink sounds AMAZING!! I wish I had a cup right now…

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    November 3, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    There is nothing better than a nice cup of hot cocoa on a cold afternoon.

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    Beth @ Binky's Culinary Carnival
    November 3, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    It looks amazing! Love the idea of allspice, that must really kick it up a notch!

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    Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery
    November 3, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I really like Mexican hot chocolate with chili powder – I’ll have to try this next!

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    November 3, 2016 at 11:46 am

    What an interesting combination. I would love my hot chocolate with Cinnamon flavor.

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    Sabrina | The Tomato Tart
    November 3, 2016 at 10:07 am

    This looks comforting! I would love a cup of this on a cold day!

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    November 3, 2016 at 9:33 am

    What gorgeous flavours for a hot chocolate – it is such a warming and comforting drink!

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    Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate
    November 2, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had Peruvian hot chocolate. Looks delish!

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    Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands
    November 2, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I can’t say I’ve ever had a hot cocoa with allspice, sounds interesting. I’ve had sweet and spicy and things from cinnamon, maca, cayenne, and turmeric. I’ll have to give this one a try with coconut milk for a dairy free option.

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    November 2, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    O that sounds wonderful with the spices!

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    Cricket Plunkett
    November 2, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Love love love the idea of using sweetened condensed milk in hot chocolate!!

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