Tsokolate (Filipino Hot Chocolate)

Rich hot chocolate made with Tablea de Cacao

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Hot chocolate is one of my favorite drinks. But like milk, I could not drink it early in the morning if I am planning to go out or if it is a weekday. The thing is – any drink with rich milk content, cream or chocolate makes me a little dizzy and makes me feel that I want to sleep, but in fact, it can’t really make me fall asleep. My body is confusing me sometimes.

One of the best hot chocolate I have ever tried is the one made from Tablea de Cacao or simply Tableas when referred to many. Tableas are made from 100% pure cacao beans which are in thick disk/tablet-like form. Though it is called Tablea de Cacao, some are in the shape of balls. (Tablea means “tablet” in Spanish.) 

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The province of Batangas in the Philippines is the biggest producer of these rich chocolate tablets due to its tropic weather. What makes hot chocolate better when using Tablea de Cacao rather than the processed, powdered chocolate mixes is it will give you super rich chocolate flavor because it retains its butter/fat content even after grinding the cacao beans.

Traditionally, this hot chocolate drink uses something like a whisk called ‘Batirol‘ which is repeatedly rubbed back and forth using your both palms/hands to get a frothy top. But these days, if you want frothy drink, you can use a frother or anything froth-making tool. For me, it doesn’t matter.

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Now, back to the hot chocolate.

You can use all milk or half water/half milk. You can also control the number of chocolate to add to your liquid, depending on how rich you want your drink to be. I added little sugar at the end and I have tasted the most amazing hot chocolate in my world. 😀
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Tsokolate (Filipino Hot Chocolate)

  • Servings: 1 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-2 Tablea de Cacao
  • Sugar, to taste

Instructions: 

  1. In a small saucepan, place milk and water.
  2. When hot, add chocolate tablet and keep stirring until melted.
  3. Add sugar to taste.

Note: Alternatively, you can grate/chop your chocolate. Heat your liquid in the microwave and add grated/chopped chocolate and stir until melted.

Tablea de Cacao can be bought from Asian section at your grocery store (I just hope its available) or at Philippine Duty Free. 😛

I hope you all find this drink interesting and delicious. 🙂

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74 thoughts on “Tsokolate (Filipino Hot Chocolate)

    1. The chocolate tablets makes a very rich chocolate drink or chocolate rice porridge. They can be added to cakes and frosting, too. Hmm, now I have to try them with cakes. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. Teresa.

  1. I’m not familiar with Tablea de Cocoa, I will be on the look out for it so I can try this hot chocolate, it sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend?!

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  3. I showed this to the hubb.. You know to give him idea for Mother’s Day 😉 a girl deserves some delicious hot chocolate after all! And that chocolate looks so tempting. Yum Jhuls! Hope ur brining this to Saucy Saturday,pretty pls 😁

  4. I love learning about new specialty foods like this Filipino chocolate. This rich hot chocolate sounds AMAZING! I’m going to hunt for it at one of our local Asian grocery stores. (I’m lucky enough to have 3 near my house!) Thanks, Jhuls!

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