Chocolate Tea Recipe

Published on September 14th 2021 by Rachael Ottier Hart.
Last updated on March 4th 2024
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Front shot of Chocolate Tea in a ceramic cup with cinnamon on the side

The Caribbean is famous for its sea, sand, and sun. However, it's also renowned for sugar, rum, cotton, coffee, spice, and cocoa. The Caribbean's rich volcanic soils and tropical climate make it a perfect location for an agricultural economy. Cocoa trees especially love this environment, and the Caribbean produces Criollo and Trinitario Cocoa, two of the rarest and most sought-after cocoas in the world. This recipe for Chocolate Tea is a local favorite that infuses that delicious cocoa flavor with local spices to create a genuinely comforting cup of warmth. In addition, we highlight traditionally made cocoa balls that are 100% natural and organic to give you the authentic Cocoa Tea experience.

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Serves
4 persons

Ingredients

  • 4 Cocoa Balls - grated

  •  Liter of water

  • 2 cups Whole Milk or Plant-Based Milk

  • Sugar To taste or Condensed Milk

Spices
  • 1 Bay Leaf

  • Star Anise - whole or half

  • 2 Cloves - whole

  • ¼ teaspoon Ginger - minced

  • ¼ teaspoon Cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon Cardamom

  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric

  • ⅛ teaspoon Nutmeg

  • ⅛ teaspoon Black Pepper

  • ⅛ teaspoon Chili Pepper

Optional - Thickener
  • 1 teaspoon Arrowroot Powder (Toloma)

Instructions

Using a 3 quart saucepan, add the water, cocoa balls and any of all the spices and bring to a boil for 15-20 minutes.

Using a whisk, mix in the milk and add sugar or condensed milk to taste.

Stir in arrowroot powder to thicken the mixture if desired.

Strain into mugs, serve hot, and enjoy. You may also try How to make Cerasee Tea for another cup of tea experience.

Rachael Ottier Hart
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Lise (not verified)

I can only find cocoa powder locally, not cocoa balls. How much loose cocoa powder should be used to equal 4 grated cocoa balls?

Permalink 15 Aug 2023

Jennifer Dodd

Hi Lise, great question, you can use 6 tablespoons of cocoa powder instead.

Permalink 21 Aug 2023

Kimberly (not verified)

What amount of premade cacao powder or hot chocolate would I use? Can’t seem to find cacao balls where I’m from

Permalink 15 Aug 2023

Jennifer Dodd

Hi Kimberly, cocoa balls can be a little tricky to find in some countries, you can use 5 tablespoons of cocoa powder instead.

Permalink 21 Aug 2023

Esther (not verified)

why do you call this "chocolate tea," there's no tea in the recipe?

Permalink 14 Sep 2023

Jennifer Dodd

Thank you for your question,in the Caribbean this drink, also known as "Cocoa Tea" is definitely not from actual tea leaves, however in most parts of the Caribbean any hot drink had with breakfast such as this is simply called "tea".

Permalink 18 Sep 2023

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Rachael Ottier Hart
Author:

Join Rachael on a global culinary journey. With a passion for travel and diverse cuisines, she crafts recipes that weave flavors, scents, and stories into each dish, igniting your wanderlust with every bite.

More posts by Rachael Ottier Hart