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Trinidad Cocoa Tea

Makes 16 ounces hot cocoa mix, enough for 16 8-ounce servings

(Adapted by Ramin Ganeshram from her book, Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago (Hippocrene books, 2005)

Authentic cocoa tea is made from cocoa sticks, which are 100 percent pure Trinidad cocoa beans ground into a paste with local spices. The sticks are then dried and grated into boiling water to create a "tea" that is then flavored with condensed milk.

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For the Chocolate Mix

For each Serving

  • Boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa mix
  • Whole milk and heavy cream to taste drop of vanilla extract


Combine the ingredients for the chocolate mix and store in a glass jar with a tight lid. To make individual servings of cocoa tea, boil 1 cup of water and add 2 tablespoons of the cocoa mix. Stir well and bring to a boil. Remove the pot from the heat. Add milk and heavy cream to taste.

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