I left Jamaica when I was 7 years old but my parents sent me back every summer to spend time with my grandmothers because I just could not live without those two women. I wasn’t happy with the move from Jamaica to Canada but what could I do. I was 7 and had no money or means of getting it 🙂 so I had to do what my parents wanted…LOL. Thank the universe they let me spend my summers with my grandmothers! I always love to wake up to the smell of chocolate tea on the weekends and not to mention the ackee and saltfish with fried dumplings that went along with the tea! Both my grandmothers were raised in the country so they were excellent cooks and they love chocolate tea. In fact they both grew cocoa in their back yards. This recipe is a combination of their recipes. I miss them so much. I feel very blessed to have been raised by these women. Hope you enjoy making it and drinking it.
Note: cocoa is a great antioxidant.
Ingredients for 4 cups of tea:
I 1/2 ball of raw cocoa
1 cup of coconut milk
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of nut meg
1 tsp of real vanilla
brown sugar to taste
1 medium size sauce pan
4 cups of water
Putting it together:
add water to sauce pan and bring to a boil on high heat
once the water comes to a boil lower heat to medium and add cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, nut meg and boil until cocoa is all melted. Then add coconut milk. Turn down the heat to low and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.
Let cool if you don’t like it very hot and add sugar to your taste.
Note: you can also use maple syrup to sweeten it as well. But I like the brown sugar better because that’s what we use in Jamaica and it taste better to me 🙂