Kakósúpa. Icelandic Cocoa Soup

Dear fellow travelers,

As the name of our blog suggests, we really love eating and tasting new flavours during our trips all around the world. So we would love to share with you some of our discoveries in the kitchen 😋

While reading The Greenhouse by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir I came across the Kakósúpa, or literally “cocoa soup”, a typical Icelandic dish for cold days. In the book, young Lobbi helps his father decipher his dead mother’s recipe book in order to bring back to life the delicious moment of family intimacy around this soup.

So, here is the traditional recipe. You’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon
  • 250ml of water
  • 500ml of milk
  • 2 tbsp of cornstarch (or potato starch) (or more to make it denser)
  • few drops of vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • whipped cream
  • crisp bread or plain cookies

Mix cocoa and sugar together and heat the water in a cooking pot. Slowly add the cocoa mix while stirring in order to avoid clumps. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.


Mix the cornstarch with cold water till it’s completely dissolved. I added two tablespoons of cornstarch to have a medium thickness, but if you like to have a pudding you can add more cornstarch.





Add the milk and the cornstarch mix to the cocoa mix. While stirring add the vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and a pinch of salt and wait until it reaches the right thickness.






Serve it hot with whipped cream and crumbled crisp bread.

Enjoy and eat…the road! 😋


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