Soup Tuesday: Kakósúpa, Icelandic Chocolate Soup – The Reykjavik Grapevine

By York Underwood | December 1, 2015

Photo by York Underwood

Whoa! It’s the first winter storm here in Iceland. It’s the perfect day to make Icelandic Chocolate Soup: Kakósúpa. Actually, Kakósúpa better translates as “cocoa soup” — and that’s what it is. But we chose to go with delicious dark chocolate, while retaining the classic Icelandic name. It’s our magazine, we can do what we want.

Chocolate Soup? Yes, chocolate soup. There are many variations of savoury chocolate soup all over the world. Italy has one served with pig’s blood (Maybe I should try making one with lamb’s blood?). Mexico makes chocolate soup with chilis. Iceland uses potato starch, and cocoa. Some people like to put cinnamon or vanilla with their kakósúpa, but I wanted to really focus on the savoury flavours. The roasted oatmeal compliments the bitter, salty dark chocolate in a way that makes it hearty and comforting.

Obviously, this can be turned into a dessert soup fairly easily, but I recommend adding less sugar and tossing in a shot of Brennivín–the cardamom schnapps gives it a great flavour. This isn’t necessary. Kakósúpa is really nice the way it is, but be adventurous (and use chocolate if you can)!

This is basically a cup of cocoa with enough calories to survive through a long winter storm. Sit back, relax and watch the chaos of the blizzard through your window.

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