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Emma: Cinnamon?
Mary Margaret: Oh, I'm sorry. I should have asked. It's a little quirk of mine. Do you mind?
Emma: Not at all.
Emma and Mary Margaret src

Hot Cocoa with Cinnamon is a drink featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the second episode of the first season.


During First Curse

In 1990, a young Emma runs away from her group home and begins living on the streets; however, a mysterious boy persuades her that being on the streets is not the fate she wants and that despite running away from her previous home, it doesn't mean she won't find a good one someday. Encouraged by these words, Emma goes to the police for help, where she is served a cup of hot cocoa with cinnamon, which she enjoys while a woman asks her some question. ("Tougher Than the Rest")

Years later, a grown-up Emma is served hot cocoa with cinnamon at the diner by Ruby, who says a secret admirer ordered it for her. Emma assumes it was Graham, whom she confronts by returning the cup of hot cocoa at his table and gives him points for being correct about her liking cinnamon because not everybody is a fan of it, but the sheriff says he didn't send the drink. From the next table over, Henry then reveals himself to be the secret admirer and explains that he, too, enjoys cinnamon. Later, Emma goes to see Mary Margaret at her loft. Taking a sip from the hot cocoa the schoolteacher served her, Emma comments about the cinnamon on it. Mary Margaret replies that it's a quirk of hers and apologizes for not asking her before adding it because not everyone likes cinnamon, but Emma says she actually does like it. ("The Thing You Love Most")

Emma comes to visit Mary Margaret again at her loft, and the schoolteacher makes hot cocoa with cinnamon for both of them. As she hands Emma her mug, the blonde explains to her that she wants Mary Margaret to read Henry's storybook to a coma patient, believing that it will make Henry realize the truth about fairy tales. While waiting for Mary Margaret at the diner the next morning, Emma and Henry drink hot cocoa with cinnamon. ("Snow Falls")

One morning, Emma is at the diner reading the newspaper when Regina approaches to let her know that she found out about her history of not living for too long in the same place, indicating that her stay in Storybrooke is temporary and soon to be over. After Regina leaves, telling her to enjoy her hot cocoa, Emma accidentally tips off the cup, spilling the beverage all over herself. Ruby rushes over to hand her a towel and directs to the laundry room, where Emma meets Ashley. ("The Price of Gold")

One day, shortly before August enters the diner to talk to Henry, Ruby serves the kid a cup of hot cocoa with cinnamon. ("Heart of Darkness")

Henry is sitting at the diner drinking hot cocoa with cinnamon when he notices there is now a new story in the storybook, which isn't yet finished. ("The Stranger")

Hoping to gain full custody of Henry after learning how manipulative Regina is, Emma consults with Archie Hopper at the diner. As the two discuss the situation over a cup of hot cocoa with cinnamon, Archie admits that Emma's custody case is not strong, especially since she can't prove any of her allegations against Regina are true. ("An Apple Red as Blood")

After First Curse

While Mary Margaret is recuperating from the guilt of murdering Cora, David coddles on her with breakfast in bed, including a cup of hot cocoa. However, Emma firmly believes it's time for Mary Margaret to simply move on and stop feeling sorry for herself. ("Selfless, Brave and True")

Sometime after Peter Pan manages to switch bodies with Henry, Emma begins to feel something is off with him. At the town line, she confronts "Pan", who tries to prove he is actually Henry by saying he likes hot cocoa with cinnamon, but he ultimately convinces her and everyone else that he is indeed her son by revealing something else shared between them during her first time in Storybrooke. ("The New Neverland")

During Second Curse

In New York City, Emma makes breakfast for herself and Henry, which includes two cups of hot cocoa. Henry points out that something is missing, and Emma adds cinnamon in their drink. ("Going Home")

In Storybrooke, at the diner, Ruby approaches Henry, who just came back from New York with no recollection of his former life, and serves him hot cocoa with cinnamon. The kid is curious about how she knew he likes cinnamon, to which the waitress says it was a lucky guess. ("Witch Hunt")

Awaiting news from Belle as she researches what spell Zelena intends to cast, Emma shows off her strengthening magic skills at the diner by teleporting a cup of hot cocoa with cinnamon from the diner counter to Hook's table. ("Bleeding Through")

After Second Curse

After Emma is rescued from the ice wall Elsa conjured, her family helps warm her up at home. While Hook wraps her in a blanket, Henry offers to make her hot cocoa with cinnamon. ("White Out")

Later, Henry is served a cup of hot cocoa with cinnamon from Granny's Diner and takes a sip from it while his adoptive mother Regina gifts him new comic books. ("Rocky Road")

After Third Curse
In New York City, Snow enjoys hot cocoa with cinnamon while Emma shares her concerns on Regina. Determined to get Regina to make peace with herself, Snow reaches her on the building roof bringing a hot drink for her friend. As Regina points out that she, unlike Snow, doesn't add cinnamon in her cocoa, the schoolteacher agrees, stating she knew Regina would need something stronger, before pouring some alcohol into the cup and handing it to her. ("An Untold Story")

During Fifth Curse

When Henry comes over Jacinda's apartment for game night, Jacinda makes hot cocoa with cinnamon for him. Her daughter Lucy takes one of the cups with her on her way to her bedroom, where she retires for the night so her mom and Henry can have some alone time together. While reading Henry's book in bed, Lucy takes a sip of her cocoa. ("A Taste of the Heights")

While her mom Jacinda steps outside of the bar to answer a call, Lucy goes to sit at the counter, clearly unhappy about something. Roni tries to cheer her up with a glass of cocoa as she can tell Lucy is having a hard time. Lucy feels bad about keeping Jacinda and Henry apart, and while her mom has her friend Sabine to lean on for support, Henry has no one. However, Roni recalls that, in the New Enchanted Forest prior to the curse, Henry had Captain Hook and Jack as his best friends, both who are now Rogers and Nick in Hyperion Heights. Lucy is surprised her fake dad, Nick, and her actual dad, Henry, were friends, but going by Roni's suggestion that the three of them should get acquainted, Lucy raises her glass of cocoa in cheer as she agrees to begin Operation Bromance to bring them together again. ("Sisterhood")

After Fifth Curse
As citizens of Hyperion Heights celebrate at Roni's, Lucy joins her parents there. Henry gets both of them drinks, with hot cocoa with cinnamon for Lucy and one of Roni's special drinks called the "weed killer" for Jacinda. She then joins Roni and her parents in a toast in honor of their family reunion. ("Homecoming")


On-Screen Notes

  • On one occasion, Emma buys Henry "some cocoa and a bagel". Whether or not that is indeed hot cocoa with cinnamon is not clear. ("Quiet Minds")
    • When Henry is reunited with Lucy and Jacinda after escaping from Nick, Lucy, Jacinda and Sabine are all drinking hot cocoa (Sabine talks about putting another cup of cocoa on the stove, and if you look in the background, you can see three mugs on the table).[1] Again, it is not clear whether cinnamon is used. ("Chosen")
    • Drinking hot cocoa without cinnamon is a recurring theme in the show, even in the New Enchanted Forest, with Ivy remarking that she and Anastasia used to drink it as kids. Ingrid is also known to drink hot cocoa. ("Shattered Sight", "The Girl in the Tower")
  • When Henry tastes the drink that Roni made for him, he says that it could use a dash of cinnamon. ("Beauty")

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