How To Make An Authentic Delicious Jamaican Hot Chocolate (Cocoa Tea).

Jamaican Hot Chocolate Cocoa

Jamaican hot chocolate or cocoa tea as it is traditionally called in Jamaica is a delicious blend of perfectly grounded raw cocoa beans that are shaped into a ball. The taste and flavor are nothing compared to the store-bought chocolate packets sold at the grocery store. 

In this blog, you will learn my recollection of how the cocoa balls are made and how to make a simple delicious hot cocoa drink.

Making Homemade Chocolate Cocoa Balls.

The process for making chocolate cocoa balls is a very interesting process to watch. When I visited my grandmother during the summer holidays as a child, I vividly remember she grew her own cocoa (Cacao) plants. cocoa plant tree

In addition, she would pick the cocoa pods from the tree when they were mature. The pods started off green when young and as they mature, turn a beautiful bright reddish-orange color. 

She then cuts them open and empty them into a white plastic bucket, and they were allowed to ferment for at least 1 week. She often have me taste the beans that were covered with a delicious white succulent flesh. Jamaican Chocolate Cocoa teaIt had a sweet and slightly tangy distinct flavor. 

Drying The Cocoa Beans

After they are fermented in the bucket, I remembered that she washed the cocoa beans and lay them on a metal zinc sheet in the sun to dry. In addition, the dried beans were then pounded in a wooded mortar made from a tree stump to form a chocolate paste that was then formed into a ball and left to harden. 

The Chocolate Cocoa Ball

Jamaican Chocolate Cocoa tea

This aromatic ball of raw chocolate is what we use in Jamaica to make a delicious cup of hot chocolate or hot cocoa. Perfect for any time of the day. However, It is often served with breakfast. 

Most Jamaicans often dunk a piece of bread or tough crackers to soak up the hot chocolate goodness. Check out the simple recipe below for how to make an authentic Jamaican Hot Chocolate Tea.

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Authentic Jamaican Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Cocoa Balls

Almond Milk Creamer

Condensed Milk

Cinnamon Leaves

Badia Nutmeg

How To Make An Authentic Jamaican Hot Chocolate Cocoa Tea

Kevin Foodie
If you think that the hot chocolate dried powder mix that you purchase at the grocery store is tasty, wait until to make this authentic Jamaican hot chocolate or cocoa. However, the flavor and richness cannot be compared.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Drinks, Hot Beverage
Cuisine Caribbean, Jamaican


  • Sauce Pan
  • Whisk
  • Spoon
  • Grater


  • 2 balls Cocoa Chocolate
  • 2 leaves Cinnamon
  • ¼ cup Condensed Milk
  • 1 tsp. Nutmeg, grated


  • In a covered saucepan, bring to boil 6 cups of water.
  • Some cocoa balls are fairly round, while some are diamond-shaped. It just depends on who makes it. However, this does not affect the flavor of Jamaican cocoa tea.
    Jamaican Chocolate Cocoa tea
  • Use a grater to grate the cocoa ball. It does not matter which side of the grater you use. The idea is to increase the surface area and consequently reduce the cooking time. Each ball should yield around ¾ to 1 cup when grated.
    Jamaican Chocolate Cocoa tea
  • As the water is about to boil add the grated cocoa powder and stir using a whisk. Some people boil the whole cocoa ball. However, this may take a longer cooking time for the ball to completely dissolve.
    Jamaican Chocolate Cocoa tea
  • Allow cocoa mixture to boil for the next 20 - 30 minutes.
  • Add the cinnamon leaves or bay leaves as it is called in the US. Also, add the grated nutmeg and allow for hot cholate tea to continue to boil.
    As the cocoa mixture boils, some of the water will evaporate. The remaining chocolate mixture will become richer and creamier. In addition, you can add up to 1 additional cup of water to replenish the water that will potentially get evaporated.
  • After about 30 minutes of boiling, you will observe that the cocoa will dissolve and droplets of oil will float on the top of the liquid. The oil is a normal part of the process. Moreover, cocoa naturally contains a good amount of fat and it gets released when it is cooked for a certain length of time.
    Jamaican Chocolate Cocoa tea
  • Remove hot chocolate from the flame. Some people strain the liquid to remove the residue. But in this recipe, I opted not to strain since most of the cocoa was dissolved.
    Jamaican Chocolate Cocoa tea
  • Traditionally, In Jamaica, hot cocoa tea is sweetened with condensed milk. Here are a few other options:
    The hot cocoa can be drink as is; especially if you live with Diabetes or follow a low carb diet.
    If you are vegan, you can add almond milk and sweeten it with brown sugar.
    In this recipe, I decided to use creamer. The flavor was just as good as the traditional way of sweetening. Use a spoon to taste your desired level of sweetness.
    If you decide to purchase the chocolate ball and make your own cocoa hot chocolate, I hope you will enjoy it.
    Jamaican Chocolate Cocoa tea
Keyword Cacao, Chocolate Tea, Cocoa Tea, Hot Chocolate, Hot Cocoa, Tea

Chocolate Cocoa Balls.

Jamaican Chocolate Cocoa tea

Cocoa Chocolate Pods

cocoa plant tree

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19 thoughts on “How To Make An Authentic Delicious Jamaican Hot Chocolate (Cocoa Tea).”

    1. Jamaica should be on everyone’s list of places to visit. It’s a special place. There is a lot of hot chocolate to drink. Make sure you get your hot chocolate via the link in the ingredient list; you can’t have winter without hot chocolate.

  1. Kevin,
    Your recipe on making an authentic Jamaican hot chocolate coca tea that is delicious is such an intricate step by step process.
    This is now homework.
    H E

    1. Making hot chocolate is not as bad. At least the more tedious and intricate process of making the chocolate is done for us. All you have to do is click on the ingredient link and purchase the cocoa balls on Amazon. The next few steps are easy for enjoying a cup of hot chocolate.

  2. 5 stars
    This looks incredible – I can almost smell the aromas from looking at the pictures! I’m a big chocolate fan and I love hot drinks in the winter, so I’m definitely going to try this. The cinnamon and nutmeg will add a lovely layer of spice to the drink 😍 Thanks for adding a dairy-free option!

  3. I’ve never tried Jamaican hot chocolate before but I certainly will be giving it a go this winter. I love that you use condensed milk – that’s one of my favourite ingredients ever! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us, I can’t wait to have a sip asap. Xo

    Elle –

  4. Make sure it’s cool enough to taste,Cacao Tea looks cool but it’s very hot,it will burn your mouth very bad,Editor should have made sure to mention a warning,..

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