Chocolate Stick from St. Lucia
My son and new daughter-in-law brought me back a chocolate stick from their honeymoon in St. Lucia. I've read on this board about chocolate tea, but what else can be made from it? I assume I have to grate it....does it have to be soaked after grating or boiled or can it be used much like a cinnamon stick for garnish? I have absolutely no idea. Anyone knowledgeable on this?
It's called a "cocoa stick". I'm not not sure there's much more than can be made from it, other than it's intended purpose which is cocoa tea. But I imagine you can be creative and try new things.
Here's a quick run down of how cocoa tea is made.... first, place spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc) in a pan of water and bring to a boil.... then you grate the cocoa stick in (ps, you can also place chunks of cocoa stick in the pan before water starts to boil, giving it enough time to get soft).
Once the cocoa has dissolved, (it won't dissolve completely) add milk and some and sugar... Most St Lucians like to add some form of thickening agent, like custard of flour. Be sure it's not to thick...it's supposed to be tea.
strain tea in a cup and it's ready to drink.... it's great for cold temperatures... helps keep the body warm....