The Power of Parenting

Sunday, 13 December 2020

Cocoa Tea

Throughout the Caribbean people enjoy drinking cocoa tea. Making and sharing this sweet and spicy beverage is a wonderful way to enjoy some Comfort, Play & Teach™ time with your child!


You will need:
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 sweet bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated cocoa stick (available in West Indian shops)
  • 1 cup milk (or cream or evaporated milk)
  • sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pot
  • wooden spoon



  • Pour the water into a pot and boil along with the nutmeg, cinnamon and sweet bay leaves for 15 minutes.
  • Add grated cocoa stick and boil for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Add milk and then sweeten to taste with sugar, stirring constantly.
  • Add vanilla, and then strain and serve.


Enjoy this more with Comfort, Play & Teach™:

Comfort:Take time to converse with your child as you sip cocoa tea together. As you relax together you can talk about your day, share stories and riddles or simply enjoy each other's company.

Play:Play an "I Spy" game as you prepare the cocoa tea. Provide clues such as, "I see an ingredient that is clear and wet" or "Where is the ingredient that is sweet and white?" Your child will use important thinking skills and enjoy sharing what he knows about cooking.

Teach:Go to a West Indian shop and enjoy the experience of finding the ingredients you need there. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about different foods and where they come from and to ask the grocer questions you might have.