Spiced Tablea Hot Chocolate

I miss celebrating New Year’s Eve in Manila. Aside from the deafening firecrackers and nutty family reunions, the one I miss the most is my gran’s homemade hot chocolate. I can vividly recall how I’d watch her tiny physique manually whisk up a super large batch using her batidor (wooden whisk) good enough for the entire family to enjoy. Her hot chocolate recipe is simple, but every time I make one, it’s just not the same as hers. Oh well…here’s a cup to you, Mama. Cheers!!!

Happy New Year, everyone!

spiced tablea hot chocolate

Spiced Tablea Hot Chocolate
Yield: 2 servings
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes

1 1/2 cups milk
2 tsokolate tablea*
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Pinch of sea salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Dash of ground nutmeg
Dash of cayenne pepper, optional
Mini marshmallows, for garnish

1. Place the tablea and milk in a saucepan over medium heat and allow to boil gently. Cook until the tablea has completely dissolved. Whisk in the sugar and salt.
2. Remove from heat then stir in the vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper, if using.
3. Divide equally among 2 mugs and serve immediately.


  • Tsokolate Tablea is also known as Filipino Chocolate tablets. You may find these in Asian/Oriental stores.

Recipe by JG


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