Jamaica Chocolate Tea, Cocoa Tea

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Jamaica's Chocolate Tea


Preparation Time: 12 minutes

What you need:

3/4 cup grated chocolate balls
3 Cinnamon Leaves
6 cups water
a pinch of salt
1/3 tsp Grated nutmeg
1/2 cup condensed milk


How to do it:

1. Place grated chocolate balls and cinnamon leaves in a pot with the water.
2. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes. Pout through a fine strainer.
3. Add nutmeg and milk to taste. Serve hot


Jamaican chocolate, home-made style is not like other hot chocolates that are commonly available in supermarkets. Ask Jamaicans about this beloved beverage and you will get an explanation bordering on enjoyment and caution or they will point you to their granny (grandparent) for them to tell you.

Apart from the enjoyment you have to be cautious when you sip our hot chocolate.

This is how the chocolate balls made before they are ready for the grater:

Chocolate comes from the seeds of the cacao pods which are picked from the cacao tree. The pods are chopped open to remove the seeds.

The seeds are then put out to dry on zinc sheets, banana leaves, or concrete lawns, for about a week. This week-long exposure of the cacao seeds is done to remove the moisture and elevate the chocolate flavor.

The seeds are then “parched” in a pot to remove more moisture, and essentially roasted.

Even though the seeds are ready, they must now be ground into a manageable form to make the golf sized chocolate balls.

A huge mortar and pestle (mortar stick) is used to beat the parched seeds to a pulp like state. A time-consuming task I must admit, but who’s checking when chocolate is being made?

After that, the preparers use their bare hands to form the ground Jamaican chocolate into golf-sized chocolate balls for sale in the open market place. The shape may not be exactly rounded nevertheless, but who cares.

The hot chocolate “tea” is then made by grating the chocolate balls on a medium grain grater, and then boiling the grated chocolate with ample amount of water.

Dried cinnamon sticks or leaves are always added to the Jamaican hot chocolate tea during the cooking process…this enhances the tea’s flavor.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 January 2011 13:55  

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