Jamaican Chocolate Tea Recipe

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Chocolate Tea is the Jamaican version of what’s better known in other parts of the world as hot chocolate. This recipe uses all-natural ingredients and there’s nothing like the authentic taste of real chocolate. The smoky flavour of raw chocolate balanced with creamy sweetness is comforting to me. In Jamaica chocolate  tea is usually enjoyed at breakfast time, but if your live in a cold climate it’s perfect for enjoying near a fireplace any time of day. The grated chocolate won’t dissolve completely and will separate if not stirred. So sip and stir… sip and stir. Yummy!


2 cups Water
2 cups Milk
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 Pimento Leaf (or 5 Pimento Berries)
1 pinch Ground Nutmeg
3/4 cup Raw Chocolate, grated
2 pinches Salt
1/3 cup Condensed Milk, or sweeten to taste



1. Combine water and milk in a medium-size saucepan
2. Add  cinnamon stick, pimento, nutmeg and chocolate and bring to a boil, stirring for 5 minutes
3. Stir in salt and lower heat to a simmer; stir in condensed milk to sweeten
4. Remove cinnamon stick and pimento
5. Pour chocolate tea into mugs using a small strainer

Enjoy! Serves 4


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  • Ceil Tulloch

    Warm greetings Miss Fay,

    Nuff thanks for this recipe! I’ve always wanted to try my hand at making
    Chocolate Tea but didn’t know how to do it. It’s getting quite chilly here and
    I have a bag of raw chocolate that I had brought with me, so I’m going to
    put it to good use shortly by trying your recipe. Will let you know how I fare.

    Continue to Walk good,

  • Pendo

    What do you mean by raw chocolate? Is is chocolate bars or cocoa beans?

  • Khalia

    Thanks so much Miss Fay
    Now I just need to find the raw chocolate. 🙂

    • Onnie

      Thanks for sharing Miss Fay,

      I am looking forward to trying this recipe. God bless!

  • colette


    • Cook Like A Jamaican

      Hi Colette,
      The raw chocolate is basically unsweetened cocoa. But if you’re using something from a can it may have other ingredients, like salt. It will still taste so much nicer than chocolate tea made with sweetened processed cocoa powder. Blessings, Fay

  • Jan

    My new Mother-in-law just made this for me and it was absolutely wonderful. She brought the ingredients from Jamaica & left it her for me to try. Thank goodness for you Fay, love the website & stay blessed..

  • Al

    If I make enough to serve four, how can I store the rest of it to drink throughout the week? After I boil up some choco tea and cool it and then fridge it, how long can the choco tea stay delicious? Thank you!

    • Cook Like A Jamaican

      Honestly, usually I make enough to drink right away, but you can store it in the fridge for a day or so and warm it when you want more. Blessings

  • leodel

    do you have another recipe for hot chocolate tea..il be happy if you can give

    • Fay & Angela

      Hi Leodel,
      You can use cocoa powder like Ovaltine instead of the real cocoa in my recipe, however, it will not have quite the same flavour, but will still be very good.

  • Pendo

    Thank you:)