2015 is here and one of my goals for this year is to spend more time blogging. Blogging is one of those things everyone thinks they can do…until they start doing it. It takes a lot of time and diligence. With that said, this is my first post of 2015!
The holidays for my family is filled with tradition. I was born in Trinidad to Trinidadian parents, so there are tons of traditions that we carry from the island. One of those holiday traditions is Hot Chocolate made from scratch. Everyone in my immediate family is a chocolate lover. We are definitely “in love with the cocoa,” so this homemade Hot Cocoa is a special treat we all look forward to. We had Christmas brunch at my place this year, so I was able to steal my mom’s secrets to making this amazing drink. I have never known my mom to measure or use recipes. She eyeballs every ingredient, a method I use myself. It’s tough to provide a recipe when you “wing” it, but I have done my best to give you the ingredients and steps for My Mommy’s Hot Cocoa. Here goes…
- 5 bars (or 2/3 cup) of pure Blendo’s Chococlate Bars grated fine (Blendo’s cocoa is from Trinidad. You should be able to find it in local West Indian or Asian markets. Or, you can use any brand of 100% pure cocoa. I recommend Ghirardelli 100% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate Baking Bar as a substitute.)
- 3 cups of water
- 1 cup of evaporated milk (you can also use whole milk or cream)
- 1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground cinnamon
- 3-4 bay leaves
- 4-5 cloves
- Bring water to a boil, add cocoa and stir
- Once cocoa begins to melt, add bay leaves and cloves. Let sit for 2-3 minutes on low heat to infuse flavor
- Slowly add milk and stir until all cocoa has melted and milk is mixed well
- Strain cocoa into teapot or individual cups to separate bay leaves and cloves
- My favorite part! Top with whipped cream and then sprinkle with cocoa powder or ground cinnamon
I have a few Hot Cocoa recipes, but this is definitely one of my favorites. It reminds me of holiday, family and home. The addition of bay leaves and clove bring an aroma to the cocoa that will ignites the senses and boiling milk always induces comfort.
I hope you enjoy My Mommy’s Hot Cocoa as much as I do. Cheers!