Haitian Hot Chocolate, perfect for the winter and even during hot summer days!
I have been looking everywhere for the Haitian-made chocolate stick to make the famous Haitian Hot Chocolate. I was asking everyone and received different confusing answers. But of course, I was asking people who live close to me.
A couple of weeks ago, I was visiting my mother, and we were talking about chocolate, and I mentioned to her that I was in search of the Haitian chocolate sticks. To my surprise, she said that she had a few chocolate sticks left from her last trip from Haiti.
I was very excited and could not believe that I waited this long to ask her. Shame on me! Readers, please always ask your mother or an elder first for the most favorite ingredients to make beautiful dishes or meals. Don’t make the same mistake I made.
Haitian Hot Chocolate is a “hot” beverage item when served during certain occasions, one being funerals. Many people will pass on tea or coffee. Not the place you want to act as if you are only there to savor all the special foods that remind you of home.
It is interesting to see how everyone waits for the hot chocolate. It almost feels as if it will warm every heart and make any sadness go away. I guess only these particular foods and certain moments bring us all together to remember the good old days.
The chocolate sticks or balls can be found in West Indians Stores that are located in Haitian communities. There are other types of chocolate sticks from other countries sold in these stores also. But they are not the same as you can imagine soil is very different everywhere you go.
I have had several people tell me that the taste is not the same and also have their preferences. So the next time you visit a West Indians store, buy the real chocolate sticks to make hot chocolate. Don’t worry if it is not winter. A cup of Haitian Hot Chocolate is always good anytime. Have fun and Enjoy!
Haitian Hot Chocolate
- 1 Haitian chocolate stick
- 2 cups water
- 3 cups evaporated milk
- 1 lime rind
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
- dash of nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- sugar to taste
- Bring water to a boil over medium heat in a medium stock pot. Add chocolate stick and stir until melted. This may take about 8 - 10 minutes. Remove from heat and using a strainer, strain chocolate liquid. Return chocolate to stovetop and once it starts to boil, add milk, lime rind, cinnamon stick, star anise and vanilla. Let boil for about 3 - 4 minutes. Add dash of nutmeg and sugar to taste. Stir and let boil for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve hot.