Imbuljuta tal-Qastan is a traditional Maltese drink served after Midnight Mass on Christmas as well as on New Year’s Eve.

If you are looking for an alternative to eggnog and traditional hot chocolate this holiday season, this is your drink!

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  • 2 cups dried peeled chestnuts
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cloves
  • ½ teaspoon spice blend (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc.)
  • Rind of 1 mandarine
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream (optional)


  1. Wash and soak the chestnuts for at least 8 hours.
  2. Drain and put the chestnuts in a pan. Add 4 cups of water, cinnamon, cloves, cocoa powder, sugar, spice blend and mandarine rind cut in small pieces.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer until the chestnuts are tender, about 1 hour.
  4. At the end of cooking, break the chestnuts into small pieces with a large spoon without crushing them.
  5. Dissolve the cornstarch in a little water and add to slightly thicken the sauce.
  6. Serve hot in a cup or a bowl.

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