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5-Minute Brownie in a Mug

Updated on December 1, 2014

Surprise your sweetie with this amazing chocolate treat.

I didn't get breakfast in bed last Mother's Day. Instead, my husband and kids surprised me with this super-indulgent mug brownie. You actually mix it in the mug, cook it in the microwave, and serve it right in a mug. The whole process takes about five minutes, maybe less. Try it--you won't believe how much mmmm you get for so little effort and expense.

Here's the recipe, adapted from instructables.com via the Chicago Tribune.

(photo: rheasdesigns via Zazzle)

Ingredients

4 tablespoons flour

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

dash of salt

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons water

1/3 teaspoon vanilla

small handful of chocolate chips (optional)

That's it!

Instructions

Whisk together dry ingredients in a coffee mug, standard size (11 oz.) or larger. Add oil, water, and vanilla and mix thoroughly -- making sure to scrape the bottom and sides so that it's all incorporated. If you'd like, mix in chocolate chips.

Microwave on high for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. The finished product will be soft-ish and chewy.

Cool for a minute. Eat right out of the mug :) Don't wait long, as the brownie will harden with time.

Note: This serving size is pretty generous. For kids or for adults with modest appetites, I recommend cutting all the quantities in half (and decreasing the cooking time -- in my microwave, the half-recipe takes about 45 seconds on high) for a smaller brownie in a mug.

can't eat wheat?

If you're looking for a gluten free mug brownie, try this recipe. I just did, and it was really pretty tasty. I followed the blogger's guidelines on proportions, used regular milk, added a dash of vanilla extract, and used Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Flour. Have to say, when I tasted the batter before microwaving it, the aftertaste was pretty bad. (I hadn't worked with gluten-free flour before, so maybe I just wasn't used to it.) In my microwave, the brownie set in about 40 seconds and tasted fine, though not as scrumptious as the gluten-ous kind. Well worth a try, if you're on a GF diet.

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Any unsweetened cocoa works for this recipe, but the better the cocoa, the better your mug brownie will taste. I've found the Ghirardelli and occasionally the Droste in local supermarkets, but when I want fancier stuff I order online.

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Kick it up

I like my mug brownie with ice cream on top. A small scoop of vanilla, or I've eaten it with a little brown-sugar ice cream from the Haagen Dazs "Five" line (just five ingredients--love that concept). Sugar overload, but who's complaining?

What would you put on your brownie in a mug? Or would you eat it plain? How did the recipe work for you?

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      EmmaGraceEllis LM 4 years ago

      I have done this many times, I am possibly a choc-a-holic, but, Ive come to accept it ;-)

      I admit, chocolate is my Achilles heel ;-)

      i cannot wait to try your recipe ;-)

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      This sounds so good, I'd like to try it someday!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: love it! hope she shared with you......

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My 9-yr old niece just made this for a snack - with whipped cream on top. Easy and Yummy and she is oh so proud that she did it herself!

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      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      This is easy, I cannot try because of an allergy, thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @verymary: Always a possibility to try running the microwave on a lower power setting and cooking for a bit longer...

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I have to try this since it is very easy :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Brownie in a mug sounds like a fun surprise to spring on my wife. Thanks!

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      RetireAt57 4 years ago

      I love easy! Thanks for sharing.

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      TommysPal 4 years ago

      I like to inject pudding into the center as soon as it comes out of the microwave. A little pudding on the top doesn't hurt either.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Agree. all I got was a cup full of hot batter. very disappointing.

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      tekaha 4 years ago

      my 10 yr old and i just made this. so easy and quick! yummy!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      This sounds easy enough and I definitely love brownies, ummmm I definitely love chocolate! Looking forward to trying your brownie in a mug myself. Thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Made this for my daughter who was having a midnight chocolTe craving. So easy and yummy. I could have eaten just the batter. Thanks!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: hey, you got the healthier version past your son -- nice!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: I guess you could eat it .... no egg!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @verymary: I used half olive oil and half yogurt (from another recipe) for the oil part and only had hot choc mix, so put less sugar. Still worked, but i like the butter idea better :)

      My son thinks it is great.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: lol - will have to tell my kids (who successfully made this for me, the first time I had it) that you called me a cruel bastard. they'll get a kick of that.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow, this didn't work at all. I'm actually convinced that this some cruel bastards prank on unsuspecting brownie lovers.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: I don't think butter is ever a bad idea :) -- but olive oil, yeah, probably that would clash. glad it worked for ya!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just made this and it came out AMAZING! I had to melt butter and measure it out since I realized that I only had olive oil AFTER I whisked the dry ingredients, so I also omitted the dash of salt. I will definitely be making this more often. yummy

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      AnnounceItFavors 4 years ago

      Love it but wish it had a printable version.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      oh no! i tried this but accidentally used teaspoons and not tablespooons!im so annoyed with that. But im sure if i got it correct it would b yummy

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      LOOOVE <3

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      dealnation 4 years ago

      Got to try this!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      if you, don't like the vegetable oil use a mix of liquid butter and oil!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      that was disgusting. What am I eating o.O

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

      whip cream it, gotta try this one, yummy brownies. Great lens!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Yum, it's all good!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i put on hershys chocoloate syrup

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for your visit and comment to my lens.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: it's going to change the taste and possibly the consistency -- more the taste than consistency. I wouldn't do it, but who knows, maybe it will still be tasty.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I do not have any Vanilla. Is that fine?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I return visit and recommend for other articles

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: sorry it didn't work for you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Ahdilarum: THIS IS AWFUL!!!!! It was a failure.

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      hmm I'm making my own version soon.. I'm thinking of chopped peanuts and vanilla ice cream as toppings ^_^

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      Ahdilarum 5 years ago

      Useful recipe and will be tasty..

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      Quick, easy and convinient recipe! Sounds delicious too!

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      aylsbillones1 5 years ago

      wow, I enjoyed reading your special mother days treat from your loving family, so lovely..:)

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: whoa! you really ran with it :)

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      I've made one of these in the past and love how easy it is. This lens has reminded me tp make it again.

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      Escapes2 5 years ago

      What a great idea! Brownie topped with a little whipped cream ... Yum

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      AMped it up a little bit. Added Spanish peanuts, melted nutella and drizzled caramel sauce when it was hot.... mmmmmmmm

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Uh, oh! I may be in trouble now! This might be too easy :) Sounds wonderful!!!

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      Michelle Lacroix Toro 5 years ago from United States

      OMG, eating my personal sized brownie in a mug as I type this, it's AWESOME!!!!! Thanks for the share!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I may have to get a microwave just so I can make this. Recipe looks so good. But hey, if brownies were this easy, I'd have to buy a whole new wardrobe every few months!

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      JessieLee 5 years ago

      That's awesome!! Thank you soo much! I am a choco-holic and I love all these new recipes :) Thanks for sharing :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome. Brownies are rare in my part of the world. This will be a new favorite thing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I wish I had read your suggestion before I made this. I made the brownie and then sat down to eat while reading the comments, lol. It's delicious without the peanut butter, I bet it will be better with it.

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      smaraymond 5 years ago

      Brownies in a mug? Is this heaven?

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      Wow a brownie in a glass. God that sounds delicious! Thanks for the lens!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: how could I not have thought of this? 2 of my kids are choc +PB fanatics. great idea!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Add a tablespoon of peanut butter.its fantastic!

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      Mamabyrd 5 years ago

      I really Should not have looked ať this lens! I know what Im doing tomorrow and I love these for a stocking stuffer

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, it does. No one said it didn't. Don't like to, don't try it. Just keep your comments to yourself.

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      I gotta try this. Would love to add whipped topping on mine instead of Ice cream on top like most other people do. God bless.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi this sound good, will have to give it a try.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      @SheilaSchnauzies: let me know if you pull that off! sounds tricky -- but promising!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: hmm. it should come out VERY sweet, even bordering too sweet for some tastes! I use good quality unsweetened cocoa -- which is very bitter -- and the finished product still comes out quite sweet. What kind of flour did you use? Maybe if you used a more intense flour like whole wheat or a non-wheat flour, that would impart more bitterness? sorry it didn't come out for you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm not really sure what happened but it kinda had a weird taste to it? Not sure how to explain...like it wasn't bitter but it definitely wasn't sweet. Maybe I did something wrong? what do you think?

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      This is a great idea! I like the idea of using ice cream as the topping. I will definitely give it a try.

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      This is one of the most brilliant ideas I've ever heard of! I'll have to suss out a sugar free version for myself! Blessed.

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      PocketfulofParis 5 years ago

      As soon as i read this Lens i rushed of to make it....delish!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Ice cream sounds like a really good idea! Congrats on being featured on the chocolate monsterboard!

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      I bought a lot of mugs after Christmas on clearance last year. Trying to decide what I want to put in them. This would be a great choice!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: Bet the brown sugar makes it even richer, more caramel-y tasting. Will have to try your version!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I adjusted the recipe a little, much improved (in my opinion):

      3 tablespoons flour

      3 tablespoons brown sugar

      1.5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

      dash of salt

      2 tablespoons vegetable oil

      1 tablespoons water

      1/3 teaspoon vanilla

      small handful of chocolate chips (optional)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love things you can make in a cup because it is fast, easy, and tastes good. Also, i don't need to bake a whole pan of brownies to enjoy one:)

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      angelsigh 5 years ago

      I would put the richest whipped cream I can get and chocolate shavings on top. I love this and I can't wait to try it.... <3

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      absltly delicious wonderful for a cheeky treat

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: it's not a diet recipe, no. not health food. and the portion is very big -- can really serve 2-3 average ppl. still much lower in calories & fat than a small movie popcorn.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      430 calories in one sitting. Gross. This recipe has an entire day's worth of fat in it.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: sorry to hear that! not sure what went wrong. I've never had it come out liquid before; if anything, I worry more about it hardening too much if the microwave is running hot.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This turned out terrible. I was really disappointed. It came out completely liquid and after microwaving it again it came out hard. Even the non-hard parts didn't taste very goo.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      @ozylizzy: so glad he is enjoying!!

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      ozylizzy 5 years ago

      Thankyou for this fabulous recipe, my teenage son loves making it - it is a great introduction to cooking. he makes half the recipe without the salt or chocolate chips just for himself in a small mug and eats in plain for dessert.

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      sstock93 lm 5 years ago

      I can't wait to surprise my wife with this

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      coooooooooollllll recipesssssssssssss...........

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      be trying this one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think you have one ingredient missing: an egg!

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      I am going to try it, thanks for sharing! =)

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      I am going to try it, thanks for sharing! =)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great looking article! I think I'll have this for a snack today, chocolate puddin'!

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      FCM 5 years ago from USA

      When I get home tonight I am doing this. Period. Nice lens.

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      meanmothercooker 5 years ago

      Yummy!!!! I'm gonna run to the kitchen now!! Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe!

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      I would take one any old way! Sounds really yummy!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: "more chocolate chips" will never get an argument from me :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I made this and as soon as it came out of the microwave i sprinkled more chocolate chips on top and let it melt to make a easy topping :)

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      PapaKork 5 years ago

      This made my day!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: whoa, you iced it! hats off for sheer decadence.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was skeptical, as I've had a minute ready brownie before(that waas just awful!) This was soo yummy, I couldn't wait till it was cooled down! I put a spoonful of my homemade chocolate icing on top, was to die for! Thank you for my new chocolate cure!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      @Ges LM: banana - new one! my son's best friend is a banana nut & would love that! thx.

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      Ges LM 5 years ago

      This was delicious. We served in dessert bowels and topped with banana :)

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: sorry -- you can't make this one ahead & refrigerate, or it will turn into a rock! have the friends over & make it on the spot ... takes less than 5 mins. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How many days will it last inside the refrigerator if I make this ahead of time? I want to give this as a treat for some of my friends.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: wow, really? I worry it might be too sweet for some ppl. taste is subjective, of course.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      just tried it...pretty bitter. i would recommend more sugar

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: hmm, another vote for cinnamon. nice warming flavor for the cold months!