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Chokola Ayisyen Fasil (Easy Haitian Hot Chocolate)

So the other day I posted a video on how to make Haitian Hot Chocolate using unrefined cocoa from Haiti (Ayiti). It is a great recipe but the problem is, everyone doesn’t have access to unrefined Haitian cocoa. Sooooo I had to come up with something for those people and I did; I came up with an easy recipe for Haitian hot chocolate using unsweetened cocoa and it is delicious. FYI I totally forgot to show me putting nutmeg in this but I did and it is great; you will see nutmeg in the recipe below but again I forgot to show it in the video.

It’s not the exact same taste but damn-nit it’s a close second, I love it! For my vegans, if you’re trying to mimic the flavor of Haitian hot chocolate you can use this recipe or the recipe using the unrefined cocoa and just eliminate the butter and substitute the evaporated milk for almond milk (it will not taste the same but it’s as close as I think you can get). I hope you all try and like this recipe.

Watch me make Chokola Ayisyen Fasil here:

Chokola Ayisyen Fasil (Easy Haitian Hot Chocolate)

Print Recipe
Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 5-8 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 4 tablespoons pure unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar or sugar to taste
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter

Instructions

1

To a small sauce pan on medium to high heat add water, cinnamon, star anise and bring to a boil.

2

Once boiling add cocoa powder and stir well. Then add remaining ingredients and stir well. Let it simmer for about a minute then serve and enjoy.

Breakfast/ Drinks

Chokola Ayisyen (Haitian Hot Chocolate)

Chokola Ayisyen (Haitian Hot Chocolate) is one of those things that I can say definitely sparks my childhood memory. Born in America, I didn’t get to spend much time in my parents homeland but when I did, I loved it. I remember going to Haiti at the age of 8, I stayed for a month and almost every morning in that month I would have Chokola ak pen (Haitian Hot chocolate and bread, Haitian bread to be exact. I loved it and till this day I still love it! Just the smell of it instantaneously transports me back to my childhood.

This chocolatey treat is made with unrefined chocolate from Haiti, evaporated milk along with other ingredients that makes it taste great. I’m not sure if you can get the same chocolate in America, your best bet is to have someone who is returning from Haiti to bring some for you. If not you can always try your luck on East 18th Street and Church Ave in Brooklyn, or in Caton Mall located on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Caton Avenue you will find Haitian women selling products that are exclusive to Haiti. If you don’t feel like going on a hunt for unrefined Haitian chocolate I also have a recipe using unsweetened cocoa that mimics the taste of it, not exactly the same but a close second (I will post it very soon).

 

I love to stay warm with this on those cold winter nights and I hope this will keep you warm as well.

Watch me make Chokola Ayisyen here:

Chokola Ayisyen (Haitian Hot Chocolate)

Print Recipe
Serves: 3-4 Cooking Time: 6-10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ball of unrefined cocoa
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar or sugar to taste
  • 2 anise star
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

1

To a medium sauce pan on medium to high heat, add water, anise, cinnamon and cocoa and bring to a boil until cocoa has melted. Strain liquid and set aside, discard cocoa remnants.

2

Add liquid back to sauce pan on a medium flame along with milk, sugar, salt, nutmeg, almond, vanilla extracts and butter. Stir well, let simmer for 2-3 minutes then serve and enjoy.