Caribbean · Comfort Food · Drinks

St Lucian Cocoa Tea


In the West Indies it seems any hot drink can pass for tea. Coffee tea, cocoa tea… John even calls mulled wine “wine tea” which I find hilarious! =)

Anyway, here’s a lush cocoa tea that has corn starch in it making it thicker than normal chocolate, but if you don’t like it thick you can leave it out.


  • 1/2 cup grated local cocoa stick (or 1/4 cup cocoa powder)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup cream or milk
  • Sugar to sweeten
  • Vanilla
  • Bay leaf
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • (1 Tablespoon cornstarch)


  1. Put water to boil with cinnamon and bay leaf. Boil for about 15 mins.
  2. Grate cocoa stick and add to the boiling water; boil for another 10 mins.
  3. Add cream (or milk).
  4. Sweeten to taste.
  5. (Mix the cornstarch with water and add slowly to the boiling mixture, stirring all the time.)
  6. Add vanilla.
  7. Strain and serve.
  8. Add whipped cream and flaked chocolate to make it extra yummy.

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