Dec 23

Vegan Garden Island Hot Chocolate, a Souvenir from Kauai, Hawaii

in Chocolate, Drinks, Travel, Vegan

Garden Island Hot Chocolate

Merry Christmas my friends!  It has been frigid here and I’ve been craving hot chocolate and herbal tea to keep me warm from the inside out.  I figured this called for sharing a recipe that I brought home this summer from a trip to the island of Kauai, for vegan hot chocolate from Garden Island Chocolate.

Garden Island Hot Chocolate

Mr. Fuji and I traveled to Kauai, Hawaii in late June to have a belated celebration of our 15-year wedding anniversary.  It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.  It was obvious why they call it the Garden Island!

Kauai, Hawaii

One of the things we did while on the island was to take a Garden Island Chocolate farm tour.  Garden Island Chocolate is a small artisan chocolate company that makes chocolate from locally grown cacao beans.

Garden Island Chocolate farm tour

The tour included a tour of the farm, as well as an extensive chocolate tasting of the different types of chocolate that they make and a really unique hot chocolate made using a variety of spices.

Garden Island Chocolate tour

You can make the hot chocolate in a blender or on the stove top.

Making Garden Island Hot Chocolate

The hot chocolate is perfect for a cold and snowy day like we’re having today! (You can check out my YouTube video about the hot chocolate.)  Stay warm and have a wonderful holiday!

Drinking Garden Island Hot Chocolate

Vegan Garden Island Hot Chocolate

This hot chocolate, shared by Garden Island Chocolate (, is rich and full of spices and is perfect when you are feeling under the weather or wanting a healthy treat.  

Servings 2


  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1.5 ounces 100% dark unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 -- 3 tablespoons maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 vanilla bean (if making on the stovetop, use only the seeds scraped out of the pod)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 cup milk (I used coconut milk)


Blender Instructions:

  1. Place the hot water in a blender.  Add the chocolate, sweetener, and spices, and blend until smooth.  Add the milk and blend again until smooth and creamy.  Enjoy immediately.

Stovetop Instructions:

  1. Place the hot water in a pot on the stove.  Add the chocolate, sweetener, and spices, and bring to a simmer, whisking constantly.  When the chocolate has melted, gradually add the milk, continuing to whisk.  Once full incorporated and smooth and creamy, enjoy immediately.

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Judy December 27, 2017 at 10:50 pm

I tried this and think it is absolutely fantastic! It is such a different blend of flavors, but still the rich, chocolate-y goodness I must have in my hot chocolate. Wow. A definite keeper.


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