Cocoa Granita
12th October 2011

Cocoa Granita

By Emma Photography by Emma

When I discover a new recipe I feel as though a whole new world unfolds before me. New methods, flavours and textures all tumble forth to reveal themselves, a jumble of potential combinations waiting to take shape.

Several weeks ago when I made granita for the very first time, this is what I felt. And as I gently spooned the icy crystals from the frosty glass dish in which it was made it felt as though I had discovered the taste of summer; rosy and fresh and almost gin-spiked. This version of granita however is quite different. It is smooth and dark and packs a serious chocolate hit.


Makes approx 1.25l
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  • 1 cup good quality cocoa
  • 4 cups water
  • 2/3 cup sugar


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    • 1. Combine the water, sugar and cocoa in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Boil continuously for 2 minutes without stirring.
    • 2. Remove from the heat and pour into a shallow tray. Leave to cool to room temperature then put in the freezer (uncovered). After an hour, stir the mixture with a fork, mashing any ice crystals that may have formed around the edges. Continue to stir/mash the mixture every half hour until it has completely frozen and is no longer slushy. This will take around 3-4 hours.


    1. suzie

      this looks so delicious and perfect for dark chocolate cravings on a hot summery day!
      i saw this dish the other day when checking out food blogs and it reminded me of your black and white theme!!

      wow! it’s so beautiful!

    2. Emma

      Hi Suzie,
      Thanks for your lovely comment – it is perfect for a summers day! Fingers crossed it comes sooner rather than later!
      Is the link to your own blog? The content is beautiful!

    3. La Petite Vancouver

      This is really interesting, nicely photographed too! . I never had a cocoa granita before, thanks for sharing the recipe. I’ll definitely try making this.

    4. Emma

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment.
      As you can see below someone else posted a link to your website on our blog and the food that you create is amazing! Great photography too.
      Bon appetit!

    5. La Petite Vancouver

      You are very welcome and thank you too for your nice comments. I was actually referred to your site from that link and I am glad that I found another great food blog !

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