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Tsokolate is a Filipino version of hot chocolate made with 100% pure cacao. This no frills traditional Filipino drink is quick and easy to make, only needing the tablea de cacao and water (or milk).
What is Filipino Tsokolate?
I’ve had my fair share of Filipino hot chocolate growing up in Manila, but I haven’t had this drink for a long time since living in Canada.
Luckily, my friend brought Batangas Pure Cacao back from her trip and gave me some during the holidays. It brought back nostalgia.
Pronouced cho-ko-la-teh, Tsokolate, is a Filipino thick hot chocolate beverage made simply by dissolving tablea de cacao (cacao tablets) in hot water, traditionally mixed together using a batidor (a wooden baton).
What Makes Filipino Hot Chocolate So Great?
Enjoying the Filipino hot chocolate during winter made me realize how perfect tsokolate is in Canada because this rich cacao drink warms up the body nicely in a cold day.
While hot chocolate powder mixes are abundant in Canada, nothing beats the tablea de cacao (cacao tablets) because the tablet form preserves the fat content better.
Tableang Tsokolate is very quick and simple to make, requiring only 2 main ingredients. Sure, it takes slightly longer to make than with hot chocolate mixes, but tablea de cacao is only made with 100% pure cacao unlike the powder mixes that have preservatives in them.
What is Tablea de Cacao?
Tablea de cacao are cacao chocolate tablets made from 100% pure cacao beans. The fermented cacao beans are molded into tablets or round disks after being roasted and ground.
These Tablea Chocolate are rich in antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, a mood elevator and a great source of iron, calcium, magnesium and manganese. Much healthier than hot chocolate powder mixes.
Where To Buy Tablea Chocolate
In the Philippines, you can easily find Tablea de Cacao in supermarkets, specialty stores or even online. Local supermarkets will even have a section dedicated for tablea.
My friend bought the 100% Batangas Pure Cacao from Victoria Market, which sells them for PHP185 (CAD5.13) for 8pcs (100g each). *Note, price is at the time of writing.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to find Tablea Chocolate in other parts of the world because it is not a popular export product like Dried Mangoes. But you might luckily find them in Asian grocery stores.
This makes them a more unique item to bring home when travelling to the Philippines.
Some tips when buying Tablea de Cacao
- Be sure to check the ingredients listed in the back of the package to ensure it is made from 100% cacao. It is not enough to just look at the front that states “Pure”, “Natural” or “Native”.
- Typically, it would also state which city the chocolate tablets are from. Davao City and Batangas are quite popular producers of Tablea de Cacao. The one my friend gave me is from Batangas.
- There is a sweetened and unsweetened version of Tablea so you can choose based on your preference.
Ingredients Needed For Tablea Tsokolate Recipe
- Tablea de Cacao
- Water or Milk
- (Optional) Sugar, or some kind of sweetener. This is only needed if you drink your Filipino hot chocolate sweet and you didn’t get the sweetened Tablea.
How To Make Filipino Hot Chocolate (or Tsokolate Tablea)
Pour 1 cup of water or milk on a pot. Bring to a boil.
Add 1 piece of Tablea de Cacao (100g). Set heat to Medium.
Stir occasionally until the Tablea has dissolved.
Pour the Hot Tablea Chocolate into a mug and enjoy!
Help! Why Are There White Spots On The Tablea De Cacao?
White spots or surface coating that can appear in chocolate, in general. And they are normal. This means you might also see them in Tablea de Cacao.
It doesn’t mean they are bad. It doesn’t mean they are mold. It will also not affect the taste of the tablea nor the tsokolate.
They are called chocolate bloom, and there are two types: fat bloom and sugar bloom.
Fat bloom in a chocolate happens due to changes in the fat crystals when the cocoa butter melts and solidifies usually when the chocolate gets warm.
Sugar bloom in a chocolate happens when crystals form due to moisture in the sugar when the chocolate is stored in a damp area.
What does this mean for Tablea de Cacao? If you get sweetened Tablea de Cacao, chocolate blooms can occur due to both fat and sugar bloom, whereas unsweetened Tablea Chocolate can only have fat bloom.
What To Serve With Tsokolate / Filipino Hot Chocolate?
Filipino Hot Chocolate, or Tsokolate is quite versatile. You can build on top of the drink itself, make another dish out of it, or pair with other dishes.
Much like Spain has their Churros y Xocolat, Philippines has Tablea Tsokolate where it is typically served with pandesal (Filipino bread roll) during breakfast. It also goes well with desserts because the sweet taste gets neutralized with the dark bitter taste of cacao.
Here are some popular toppings that you can add to Tsokolate:
- Pinipig, or rice puffs
- Ice Cream
- Liquor (rum or tequila)
Here are some dishes you can pair with Filipino Hot Chocolate:
- Pan de sal (Filipino roll bread)
- Brazo de Mercedes (traditional Filipino meringue roll)
- Cheesecakes in a Blanket
- Ube Cake
- Puto Bumbong
- Other Filipino desserts or kakanin
Recipes you can make with Tableang Tsokolate:
- Champorado (Filipino Chocolate Rice Porridge)
- Tablea Chocolate Brownies
- Chocolate Cake
- Tablea Torte
- Basically desserts that typically use chocolate and water can be made with Tablea Chocolate!
Filipino Hot Chocolate / Tsokolate Recipe
Here is the recipe for the Pure Cacao Batangas Tsokolate.
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Filipino Hot Chocolate / Tsokolate
- 1 piece Tablea de Cacao 1 tablet is typically 100g
- 1 cup Water or Milk
- Bring the cup of water in a pot to boil
- Add the Tablea de Cacao in the pot. Lower heat to Medium.
- Stir the chocolate tablet until fully dissolved.
- Serve in a mug and enjoy!
- You may sweeten the Tsokolate to your preference as the raw Filipino hot chocolate can be dark and bitter. Some tablea de cacao can be bought sweetened already.
- Some people mix both water and milk as well
- You can add pinipig on top for an added crunch
Hope this Tablea Tsokolate recipe gives you an idea on this Filipino version of hot chocolate. It’s a great drink to enjoy everyday especially during winter.