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


  • 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



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.


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.

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  • Unknown
    March 6, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Do you have the recipe for that bread? I went to Haiti a couple years ago and have been looking for the recipe ever since. It was so good.

    • Unknown
      March 6, 2016 at 8:09 am

      If it's on here I'd love it if you could give me the link.

  • Char
    September 29, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Hi, I was looking for info about Haitian hot chocolate to share with my friends and saw your website and blog. I just love Chokola Ayisyen. I first tasted on Christmas morning at our son & Daughter-in-laws home. My Daughter-in-law is from Haiti. The cocoa is delicious as well as the bread and pastries stuffed with the fish and ground meat.
    I'm trying to see how to sign up for your blog, but I'm unable to see where on the site it is.
    Good luck with you YouTube videos, I need to check them out!!!

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