It was definitely a white Christmas this year in NY. The beautiful snow was so lovely to watch from inside. Yup! From inside! lol I am not a big fan of the cold, let alone the snow. To me, the snow is only beautiful to watch from inside.
It’s the holiday season and this week, for the new year, the temperature will drop as low as 10F. I guess it means that most people will be staying in to spend time with their families. I decided to add to that family warmth by preparing what is mostly to be prepared in occasions as such : Hot chocolate.
Only, it’ll be from Haiti.
My friend brought me two cocoa balls from Haiti. The strong (when I say strong, I really mean strong) smell of what soon is to become a warm cup of chocolate, brought back so many memories (like most ingredients I talk about here).
These cocoa balls can be found here in NY in small Haitian shops but I’m not sure where else they are sold.
If you ever have a friend coming from Haiti, The Haitian cocoa balls or sticks have to be in your bring-back list.
This recipe is super easy to follow.
Serves about 5
Preparation time : 30mns
- 1 haitian cocoa ball/stick
- 3 to 4 cups of water (or more depending on how consistent you want your hot chocolate to be)
- 1 can of 12 oz evaporated milk (preferable Carnation milk). You can also add some coconut milk if you want.
- Sugar to taste
- 1 pinch of salt
- 2 to 3 Star Anise
- 1 tsp of vanilla essence
- 1 cinnamon stick
- In a pot, boil your water with the star Anise and cinnamon stick
- Add your cocoa ball. Cover your pot and let it boil for about 15 mns or until the ball has completely dissolved in your water.
- Turn off your fire. Use a strainer to strain your semi homogeneous mix.
- Turn your fire back on at a low temperature. Bring back your fluid into the pot.
- Add your milk, sugar, vanilla essence and pinch of salt
- Boil for 15 more minutes. Make sure you don’t cover the pot while doing so because your milk might rise and make a mess of your oven.
- Enjoy with some good Haitian bread and butter. (That’s the traditional way to have it!)