Hot Chokola

Recipe by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in VISITvortex “What we love about winter”

Yield: 4 cups

“Here’s a simple hot cocoa recipe, a variation on the traditional Hatian Chokola Peyi, which you’ll love.” —Charlene

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2 cups of milk*
1 four-ounce bar of 100%
unsweetened cacao
2 anise stars
1 cinnamon stick
1 fourteen-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk* 1 twelve-ounce can of evaporated milk*


1) Melt the unsweetened cacao in 3 cups of milk on medium-low heat.
2) Once the cacao is melted, add in 2 anise stars, 1 cinnamon stick, the sweetened condensed milk, and the evaporated milk.
3) Whisk and steep on low heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Be careful not to bring the liquid to a boil, and whisk frequently to guarantee that it doesn’t burn.
4) Strain before serving, and garnish with a fresh cinnamon stick to stir. Mmmmmm.
*For a healthier version, try replacing the milks with cream of coconut and coconut milk.

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