Spicy Spiced Hot Chocolate

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2 cups reduced-fat evaporated milk
1 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup organic sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg + more for garnish
1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
8 cinnamon sticks
3 ounces high-quality semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Whisk evaporated milk, whole milk, vanilla, sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg and chili powder in a heavy saucepan. Add 2 of the cinnamon sticks and cook gently over medium heat until warm. Add chocolate chips and cook, whisking continuously until melted. Simmer and stir until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Beat heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form, then add powdered sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Ladle hot cocoa into each of 6 cups, then top with whipped cream , garnish with a cinnamon stick and grate a little fresh nutmeg over the top.