Old-Time Jamaican Chocolate Tea (Aka Hot Chocolate) Relive The Experience!
Jamaican chocolate ("Chalklit") Tea
Jamaican chocolate tea sticks
Ever had the old-time (traditional) Jamaican Chocolate Tea, aka 'Chalk-lit tea'?
I tell you I absolutely love it! I have it at least twice per week now!
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For those unfamiliar with this, it is the traditional Jamaican version of hot chocolate, except in my opinion, richer, more organic and healthier :-)
health benefits below )
And so, I, like a child, can't wait for the dawn of day for that sought after school trip, couldn't wait to get to the little rural farm where the entire production takes place.
It is called ROCK FARM and is located in the hills of St. James, a place called Catadupa.
It was a long trip, challenged by rocky, windy roads, but it was totally worth the effort.
I observed the entire production and managed to capture the entire experience on video so I could share it with you!
I also have a
simple recipe to share with you!
Let's start with the video!
WATCH: The Chocolate Farm Video Tour! (Click PLAY Below) VIDEO
It is a simple family business but Mr. Atkinson was totally open to share the entire process with me.
With the use of pictures posted as well as live demonstration, he demonstrated the entire process which involves...
Picking the ripe cocoa beans (fruit) from the tree Breaking and removing the seeds/beans Fermenting for a week Drying the beans Stripping the beans (by hand) Grinding the beans Spicing it with cinnamon powder, nutmeg and vanilla Beating the mixture (paste) in the mortar & then ... Rolling the paste into balls (by hand) and leave to dry & then Packing
Green Jamaican cocoa beans on tree
Ripe Jamaican cocoa bean on tree for Jamaican chocolate tea production
Picked, ripe Jamaican cocoa, ready to be processed
Drying the Cocoa Beans
Fire side used to roast the cocoa beans to make chocolate tea
Roasted Cocoa Beans
Grinder for the roasted beans
Grounded Jamaican cocoa beans, ready to be turned into chocolate tea sticks or balls
Mortar used to make beat cocoa beans to make Jamaican chocolate tea
Rolling the Chocolate 'dough' into sticks
Fresh Jamaican chocolate tea sticks
Oh, and did I tell you I had a freshly brewed mug of Chocolate tea before I left? If course I did!
Jamaican chocolate tea in cup
A refreshing learning experience I tell you.
By the way, I ran into an aging flyer posted on the wall that highlighted the amazing benefits of chocolate tea, made from Jamaican cocoa beans.
Health Benefits Of Traditional Jamaican Chocolate Tea
If you read closely you would have noticed that, amoung other things, it mentioned that.
'According to Cornell University, Rock Farm Chocolate, which is made from Jamaican cocoa beans, has nearly twice the antioxidants of red wine and up to three times the antioxidants found in green tea. Rock Farm chocolate also contains magnesium, iron, chromium, vitamin c, zine and also reduces high blood pressure". All wonderful stuff right?
Jamaican Chocolate Tea Recipe
1.5 Jamaican chocolate sticks (or balls) For extra strength I sometimes just use 2 3 tablespoon sugar 1/2 cup milk or Lasco Soy Milk I use that a lot here - no paid advertisement :-) Approximately 1 quart water or 4-5 cups. Pinch of salt Cinnamon and nutmeg for extra flavour PROCEDURE
Bring water to boil Grate chocolate sticks (or balls) (I mainly drop it directly in the pot and leave it until it boils out) Boil for 14-20 minutes The longer it boils, the tastier and more of the fatty cream that comes to the top :-) Remove and sweeten to taste with milk, sugar and spices. Serves 4 Remember to drink with caution. It is usually hotter than it appears!
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At this point my only reservation is that this is product is not widely available outside of Jamaica as I would have hoped.
But that said, I noticed that Amazon has a particular brand on their website. You may
check the current price here.
For those persons in Jamaica, several of the leading supermarkets in Jamaica has Jamaican chocolate tea, even though it may not necessarily be from Rock Farms.
To contact Rock Farms directly, you may call Mr. Atkinson using the following information:
Email: rockfarmgroup@ gmail.com Phone is 876-567-0351 KEY LEARNINGS FOR ME...
The longer the chocolate is boiled, the more 'cream' comes to the top. Each bean has to be stripped by hand (as it is now). That's a lot of work! Mr. Atkinson started this business because he saw the cocoa beans wasting on the family land in the country. Also do your due diligence! He indicated he got a machine that strips the bean but it didn't work! He admitted he should have 'checked it out' first. Sometimes the simple things we take for granted are the most beneficial to us.
What part of the tour do you find interesting. Please be sure to leave a
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