Most dried chillies need the stem and seeds removed and placed into warm oil until changed colour, then simmer in hot water for 10 minutes.
How to judge the heat of a chilli
Generally the smaller the chilli the hotter the heat. By removing seeds and flesh this you will decrease the heat of the chilli. Wash your hands thoroughly after coming in contact with chilli, as the capsicin (the oil within the chilli) burns when it comes in contact with your eyes or sensitive skin.
In addition to being used to make hot chocolate, Mexican chocolate (a dark bitter chocolate flavoured with spices) can be used to make mole sauces or to add an interesting dimension to baking.
Sit the avocado pip into the prepared guacamole to help retain the vibrant green colour.
Be careful to choose vanilla extract that is labeled as "pure" as opposed to the synthetic varieties. Vanilla essence is a stronger version of vanilla extract and only a couple of drops are required for a similar result.