There’s a point in the movie Chocolat where Juliette Binoche’s character tells us she puts a pinch of cayenne pepper in the pot of hot cocoa.
Bah. I just added three drops of Blair’s Sudden Death Sauce to 6 ounces of hot cocoa. Drink THAT with your gypsy buddies, Vianne!
Someone posted a link to me describing research in which theobromine (the it’s-not-caffeine-but-it’s-similar ingredient in cocoa) was tested successfully as a cough suppressant. In order to make patients cough in the first place they had them inhale capsicum/capseicin. The message to me was “hey Howard, look! Two of your favorite ingredients in the same place!” Well, now I’ve GOT them in the same place. Two great tastes that OW IT BURNS OW OW OW!