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Though both star anise and anise seed share the word anise, they have little else in common and are rarely seen in the same recipes. Anise seed is most common in Mediterranean cooking, while star anise has a more Asian orientation. The two come together in this hot chocolate for a drink that’s loaded with spiced notes and perfect for a blustery day.
What to buy: For this recipe, use high-end chocolate, such as El Rey 41 percent milk chocolate.
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