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How to make Haitian Hot Chocolate

Haitian Hot Chocolate

A Warm Hug in a Mug: Haitian Hot Chocolate Recipe is perfect for all seasons! There’s nothing quite like a warm mug of hot chocolate on a chilly day. But for a truly unique and flavorful experience, step beyond the ordinary and whip up a batch of Chocolat Chaud Ayisyen, also known as Haitian Hot Chocolate. This rich, spiced beverage is a symphony of complex flavors, a taste of Haitian culture in every sip.

Haitian hot chocolate, known as chocolat chaud or chocola peyi, is unique in its use of spices like cinnamon, star anise, and even cloves. The result is a complex, aromatic drink that warms you from the inside out.

Haitian Hot Chocolate
Haitian Hot Chocolate

Beyond the Mug: Savoring Chocolat Peyi in Every Season

While Chocolat Peyi holds a special place at celebrations and during times of reflection, its magic shouldn’t be confined to specific occasions. This elixir of warmth and comfort deserves to be embraced all year round, and here’s how to make the most of it in every season:

Spring Awakening: As the world stretches awake after winter’s slumber, consider a lighter take on Chocolat Peyi. Swap condensed milk for coconut milk for a subtle tropical breeze in your mug. Sprinkle a touch of fresh ginger or mint to awaken your senses, and pair it with a plate of fragrant mango or pineapple upside-down cake for a taste of Haitian springtime sunshine.

Summer Sips: Beat the heat with a chilled version of Chocolat Peyi. Blend the hot concoction with ice and a scoop of coconut sorbet for a refreshing smoothie. Garnish with a sprig of lime or a sprinkle of crushed Haitian coffee beans for a delightful paradox of cool and invigorating.

Autumnal Aromas: Embrace the cozy hues of fall with a richer, spicier Chocolat Peyi. Add a pinch of nutmeg and cloves to the simmering pot, and garnish with a dollop of pumpkin spice whipped cream. Savor it alongside a crackling fire while listening to Haitian melodies for a truly immersive experience.

Winter Warmth: When the frost nips at your nose, return to the classic Chocolat Peyi recipe. Nestle your mug between your hands and inhale the aroma of cinnamon and star anise. For a luxurious touch, drizzle a ribbon of dark Haitian rum over the whipped cream for a warming nightcap.

Beyond the Drink: Chocolat Peyi isn’t just a beverage; it’s an invitation to explore Haitian flavors and traditions. Use it as a base for decadent desserts like chocolate fondue or ice cream sundaes. Infuse it into savory sauces for braised meats or stews. Let it inspire baking adventures, from decadent brownies to fluffy cinnamon rolls with a hidden touch of Chocolat Peyi magic.

So, break free from seasonal conventions and embrace Chocolat Peyi as a year-round companion. Let it be your daily morning pick-me-up, your afternoon stress reliever, or your nighttime cuddle buddy. With a little creativity and a whole lot of heart, you can savor the taste of Haiti, the warmth of community, and the joy of simple pleasures any day of the year.

Beyond Bittersweet: Haitian Hot Chocolate at Life’s Crossroads

Haitian Hot Chocolate!!! Not just a warming beverage but a comforting presence at life’s turning points, especially on the somber yet significant occasion of a funeral. It’s a drink chosen over tea or coffee, a silent promise shared, a reminder of shared roots and enduring community.

While delicacies may tempt the palate, there’s an unspoken understanding during these gatherings. This isn’t a time for indulging in personal cravings. It’s a moment for collective solace, a way to find warmth amidst the grief.

One can almost feel the anticipation, a quiet yearning for that first sip of hot chocolate. The steam rising from the mugs carries whispers of shared memories, a promise of shared comfort. It’s as if each cup holds the power to mend hearts, to chase away the sting of loss momentarily.

Perhaps it’s this unique ability to bring us together, to evoke the familiar flavors of home amidst the unfamiliar terrain of grief, that makes these particular foods and moments irreplaceable. They become anchors, reminding us of our shared bonds of the good times woven into the fabric of our lives.

So, the next time you encounter Haitian Hot Chocolate at a funeral, remember: it’s more than just a beverage. It’s a gesture of solidarity, a silent echo of love and community, a reminder that even in the darkest moments, we are not alone.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups water
  • 6 Haitian chocolate balls (tablets) or 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk (evaporated, condensed, or regular)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Lime zest (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Infuse the water: In a medium saucepan, bring the water, star anise, and cinnamon sticks to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, letting the spices release their fragrance.
  2. Melt the chocolate: Add the Haitian chocolate balls and let them simmer for another 5-7 minutes, breaking them up with a spoon as they melt. If using cocoa powder, add it now and whisk to dissolve.
  3. Add the milk and sugar: Stir in the milk and sugar, adjusting the amount to your desired sweetness and richness. Traditionally, Haitian hot chocolate is quite sweet, but feel free to adjust to your taste.
  4. Simmer and strain: Bring the mixture back to a simmer and cook for another 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld. Strain the hot chocolate through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any spices or chocolate bits.
  5. Spiced-up twist: For an extra kick, add a pinch of nutmeg or a splash of Haitian clairin (rhum).
  6. Serve with flair: Pour the hot chocolate into mugs and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon powder, a dollop of whipped cream, or a twist of lime zest for a touch of citrus.

Notes and Tips:

  • The chocolate sticks or balls can be found in West Indians Stores in Haitian communities. There are other types of chocolate sticks from other countries sold in these stores. But they are not the same as you can imagine. Soil is very different everywhere you go.
  • Use whole milk or coconut milk instead of evaporated milk for a richer flavor.
  • Make it spicy; add a dash of cayenne pepper or add a whole habanero pepper to the mixture and boil for a couple of minutes (do not let the pepper burst, or the chocolate will be extremely peppery hot)
  • This recipe is easily scalable, so adjust the quantities based on your desired serving size.
  • For a vegan option, use plant-based milk and omit the vanilla extract.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and reheated gently on the stovetop.
  • Haitian hot chocolate is traditionally served with pain Haitien (Haitian bread), but it can also be enjoyed with cookies, fruit, or even on its own.

No matter how you enjoy it, Haitian hot chocolate is sure to become a new favorite wintertime ritual. So gather your ingredients, cozy up on the couch, and savor the taste of Haiti in every warm and delicious sip.

Additional notes:

  • This recipe is for a basic Haitian hot chocolate. There are many variations, so feel free to experiment with different spices and flavors to find your perfect cup.
  • Haitian hot chocolate is traditionally made with unsweetened cocoa powder, but you can use sweetened cocoa powder if you prefer. Just be sure to adjust the amount of sugar accordingly.

Beyond the recipe:

  • The magic of Haitian chocolate balls: These traditionally hand-molded tablets are made from unsweetened raw. They add a unique texture and depth of flavor to the hot chocolate. Unsweetened cocoa powder works well if you can’t find them, but you’ll miss out on that special touch.
  • A taste of Haitian culture: Chocolat Chaud Ayisyen is more than just a drink; it’s a cultural experience. Traditionally enjoyed for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, it’s a chance to slow down, savor the rich flavors, and connect with Haitian traditions.

So, ditch the ordinary and embrace the warmth and spice of Chocolat Chaud Ayisyen. It’s a delicious adventure for your taste buds and a heartwarming reminder that a simple cup of hot chocolate can transport you to another world.

Haitian Hot Chocolate
Haitian Hot Chocolate

The pairings

Pairing Haitian hot chocolate with traditional Haitian accompaniments elevates the experience to a whole new level. Here’s how each pairing elevates the hot chocolate in its own unique way:

Haitian Patties: These savory pastries, bursting with spiced meat and vegetables, offer a delightful contrast to the rich sweetness of the Chocolat Peyi. Each bite lets you switch between the warm, comforting drink and the flavorful punch of the patty, creating a satisfying dance of textures and tastes.

Haitian Bread: This dense, slightly sweet bread is the perfect dunkable companion for Chocolat Peyi. Soak up the creamy broth with each fluffy bite, allowing the bread to absorb the chocolatey goodness and release a subtle sweetness of its own. It’s a match made in Haitian culinary heaven!

French Baguette with Butter/Haitian Peanut Butter: While not strictly Haitian, a baguette adds a touch of European flair to the experience. The crusty bread offers a satisfying chew against the smooth cocoa, while the butter or Haitian peanut butter adds a nutty richness that complements the chocolate beautifully. This combination is especially perfect for those who prefer a slightly less sweet Chocolat Peyi.

Of course, the beauty lies in personal preference. Some might enjoy the sweet-on-sweet pairing of chocolate and Haitian bread, while others might crave the spicy-savory counterpoint of patties. The key is to experiment and find your perfect match!

Beyond the pairings: Don’t forget to set the mood! Play Haitian music, gather with loved ones, and share stories as you savor your Chocolat Peyi and chosen accompaniment. It’s not just about the food, it’s about creating a sense of community and celebrating the rich heritage of Haiti.

Where to find authentic Haitian hot cocoa

Haitian hot chocolate, with its unique blend of spices and rich cocoa flavor, can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. Here’s a quick guide to finding authentic Haitian hot cocoa:

  • Look for brands that source their cocoa beans directly from Haiti. This not only ensures you’re getting the real deal, but also supports Haitian cocoa farmers.
  • Online retailers offer a variety of Haitian hot chocolate mixes. Some feature traditional spices like anise, nutmeg, and cinnamon, while others have a more modern flavor profile.
  • Explore specialty coffee shops and Caribbean food stores. You might be surprised to discover hidden gems on the shelves!

Health benefits of Haitian hot cocoa

Haitian hot cocoa boasts more than just delicious flavor. The key ingredient, Haitian cacao, is a powerhouse of health benefits. Packed with antioxidants, it can help fight free radicals and potentially reduce inflammation. It’s also a natural source of minerals like magnesium and iron, which can contribute to a healthy heart and immune system. Plus, some Haitian hot chocolate recipes incorporate cinnamon, known for its blood sugar regulation properties. Remember, moderation is key, but enjoying a cup of Haitian hot cocoa can be a delightful way to treat yourself while incorporating some good-for-you ingredients.

So go forth, explore the diverse world of Haitian hot chocolate pairings, and let your taste buds take you on a journey to the heart of Haiti!

I hope you enjoy this recipe for Haitian hot chocolate! Let me know in the comments below how you like it.

Haitian Hot Chocolate

Haitian Hot Chocolate

Haitian Hot Chocolate, the best and tastiest hot chocolate. Melted raw chocolate, deliciously rich,creamy, and with the right amount of milk and sweetness.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Beverages, Breakfast
Cuisine Caribbean, Haitian Cuisine
Servings 4 – 6
Calories 270 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Haitian chocolate stick or ball
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups evaporated milk
  • 1 lime rind
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sugar to sweeten
  • Sprinkle of salt

Instructions
 

  • Bring water to a boil over medium heat in a medium-stock pot. Add the chocolate stick or ball and stir until melted.
  • Once it starts to boil, add milk, lime rind, cinnamon stick, ginger, nutmeg, star anise and vanilla. Let boil for about 5-7 minutes on low to medium heat.
  • Add sugar to taste. Add a sprinkle of salt (optional). Stir and let boil for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve hot.
  • Remove from heat, strain, and serve hot with Haitian patties, Haitian bread or baguette with butter or peanut butter.

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Notes

If you are living overseas, Haitian Hot Chocolate sticks can be found in West Indian stores located in Haitian communities.
  • The chocolate sticks or balls can be found in West Indians Stores in Haitian communities. There are other types of chocolate sticks from other countries sold in these stores. But they are not the same as you can imagine. Soil is very different everywhere you go.
  • Use whole milk or coconut milk instead of evaporated milk for a richer flavor.
  • Make it spicy; add a dash of cayenne pepper or add a whole habanero pepper to the mixture and boil for a couple of minutes (do not let the pepper burst, or the chocolate will be extremely peppery hot)
  • This recipe is easily scalable, so adjust the quantities based on your desired serving size.
  • For a vegan option, use plant-based milk and omit the vanilla extract.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and reheated gently on the stovetop.
  • Haitian hot chocolate is traditionally served with pain Haitien (Haitian bread), but it can also be enjoyed with cookies, fruit, or even on its own.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gramsCalories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 13gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 207mgPotassium: 608mgFiber: 2gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 467IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 524mgIron: 1mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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Originally published on February 15, 2014. Updated and republished with video.

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