๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta: Imbuljuta

This Maltese drink is a unique mixture of sweet and savory that is sure to warm you up!

โ€œThis is what we call Christmas in a bowl! A heart-warming traditional Maltese chocolaty drink with chestnuts.โ€


๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta: Imbuljuta

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Soaking Time 12 hours


  • 3 ยฝ Cups dried chestnuts
  • 1 ยฝ Cups sugar
  • โ…“ Cup drinking chocolate (can substitute melted chocolate or cocoa powder)
  • 2 ยฝ oz dark chocolate chopped
  • Grated rind of 1 orange
  • Grated rind of 1 tangerine
  • 2 Tbsp mixed spice cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves
  • Cloves
  • Water


  • Wash the chestnuts thoroughly.
  • Place them in a large bowl and cover with water. Leave to soak overnight (roughly 12 hours).
  • The next day, remove any loose pieces of skin.
  • Add chestnuts to a deep pot.
  • Add sugar, drinking chocolate, dark chocolate, orange rind, tangerine rind, and mixed spice. Add enough water to cover the ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil and continue cooking on medium heat for about 45 minutes.
  • Chestnuts should be tender. It not, continue cooking until they are, making sure to add more water if the mixture starts to dry out.
  • Serve hot.


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