Caribbean Chocolate Tea

A warm and delicious chocolate tea ideal for the cold months

Caribbean Chocolate Tea - A delicious blend of chocolate infused with spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. #HomeMadeZagat

I can remember the mornings waking up and smelling tea boiling on the stove. It's a smell that really pulls at your stomach strings and lets you know that breakfast is being served. Chocolate tea was specially made on Christmas mornings at my house. It was just a kinda tea that just needed to be made on special occasions.

Since making this tea for me was so special, I feel like giving a special person a chance to try a pack of raw chocolate. 

But this chocolate tea is not really a a tea.

Before I go into the recipe, let me give you some history about cocoa in Trinidad and Tobago (TnT)

Cocoa has been a major contributor to the economy of TnT for over 200 years. Having traded hands from British to the French to the Spanish, the country quickly became a trading passage. Cacao quickly became one of their staples and made them one of the top three cocoa producers and exporters in the world at one point. As a result, of the various inhabitants, TnT's cocoa is a hybrid of different types of cocoa and had a unique flavor.

Caribbean Chocolate Tea - A delicious blend of chocolate infused with spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. #HomeMadeZagat
Roasted cocoa beans in the shape of a ball
This "Tea of the Gods" as it was fondly called is not really anything close to hot chocolate even though it is sometimes compared to each other. The cocoa tea is a blend of chocolate with other spices and gives this "tea" a strong chocolatey flavor that is much heavier than the packaged hot chocolate with marshmallows.

The cocoa beans are roasted, crushed (ground), spiced and then rolled into the balls or even sticks. To get the cocoa crushed, the cocoa workers would "Dance the Cocoa", quite an interesting sight. My mom always boasts that as a child she was able to be a part of this process. Now this process is obviously done by a machine but here's a video of the "long time" process of dancing the cocoa at the Tobago Heritage Festival.

Enough of the history lesson.

I mentioned that this isn't tea. This is a heavy, chocolate drink that warms up your inside with the bursting flavor of not just the strong cocoa taste, but amazing spices of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Caribbean Chocolate Tea - A delicious blend of chocolate infused with spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. #HomeMadeZagat

Sweetened with enough condensed milk to your liking, it pairs nicely with some bake and saltfish for a hearty Caribbean breakfast.

Now, it is not traditional for us to add whipped creme. In fact I showed my mom the pic of it and she wasn't having it. But whipped creme is a great additon to this choclatey drink especially for those people who may not be accustomed to such a strong chocolate taste.

Caribbean Chocolate Tea - A delicious blend of chocolate infused with spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. #HomeMadeZagat

This chocolate ball can be used for a multitude of other meals. Great for brownies, candy, truffles, rum balls. I know some people use if for meats (I am yet to try that).

What else would you use raw chocolate to make?

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Caribbean Chocolate Tea

by Home Made Zagat
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Keywords: Boil beverage breakfast Cocoa Caribbean winter fall
Ingredients (Serves 4)
  • 1/2 cup raw cocoa, grated (one ball)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • Sweetener of choice
Instructions
Add water to put along with cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and bring to boil
Add chocolate and stir in
Lower heat to simmer
Add milk
Add sweetener to taste (I used about 1/3 cup of condensed milk)
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