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So excited! We just received our first batch of cacao balls from Grenada – used to make chocolate tea…a true delight, I can assure you! I discovered them during my trip last month…after a few interviews and visits to farmers’ collectives and other such places, I got the story behind the drink.
Here’s how you make a chocolate ball, as told to me by someone at a Grenadian nutmeg processing company…aka the GCNE Nutmeg Pool
As described at the Pick a cacao pod
The spices and the natural fat in the cacao held the balls together.
Once you actually get the chocolate balls, making the tea is easy: just dissolve the balls in boiling water, strain, and add milk and sugar to taste.
For more about the traditional use of the cacao balls, check out this interview I did with Alvin Heinz and posted a few weeks ago.