Haitian Hot Chocolate

chocolat chaud haitien

chocolat chaud haitien

As many of us already know, the month of January 2015, in Ontario and in Quebec had Siberian temperatures of an intensity such that even teens buttoned their coats and wore their hat.

Joking aside, the cold reached -30 degrees Celsius with the wind factor. Even if the heat in the house was close to 23 degrees, it seemed like the only way to really get warm was to prepare myself a good Haitian hot chocolate just like my mother did for me  when I was young.

I have to admit that these days it is easy and quick to open the pantry and take one or two spoonfuls of this brown powder bought at the supermarket, and just add water to it. But believe me, even if the recipe today requires a little more work, it is really worth it.

 

Did you know that…

Did you know that the three main types of cocoa trees used in the world cocoa production today are the Criollo, the Forastero and the Trinitario.

Since the Haitian independence in  1804, the marketing of cocoa was so difficult that farmers without government help thus without revenue had to cut many of their cocoa trees to survive.

But for several years now, the Haitian cocoa is emerging out of the shadows and increases its market value.

Haitian fair trade cocoa

If you are in Europe and want to taste the Haitian fair trade cocoa, click here

Chocolat chaud haitien
 
 
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 zest of lime
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 star anise
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1 Haitian cocoa ball
  1. ingrédient pour chocolat chaud haitien
  2. Place the cocoa ball in 4 cups of water and boil to medium-low heat about 15 minutes. Cocoa must be completely dissolved.
  3. cacao dissout dans l'eau
  4. Filter the chocolate water through a colander. Keep the liquid and discard the residue of cocoa. (The more the colander is thin, the better it is).
  5. cacao filtré
  6. After collecting the chocolate water, put it back in the pot and add the evaporated milk, milk, cinnamon, star anise, lemon zest, sugar and vanilla extract.
  7. chaucolat chaud haitien
  8. Let simmer for another 10 minutes before serving hot.
  9. tasse de chocolat chaud haitien

 

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