Shop Gourmet Craft Chocolate

El Carmen Hot Cocoa

We make our delicious hot cocoa from the same premium single origin beans we use to make our chocolate, so each variety has it’s own unique flavor profile!  This El Carmen has a classic hot cocoa flavor with caramel notes.

We’re one of only a few chocolate makers who press their own cocoa butter.  One of the many benefits of this time consuming process is that we’re able to make this rich, incredibly flavorful hot cocoa mix from scratch right here in our kitchen.

Most hot cocoa is alkalized, which means it’s washed with a solution of potassium carbonate.  This allows the cocoa powder to dissolve in milk or water more easily, but significantly alters the flavor.  Alkalizing also removes a significant amount of the natural flavanols, which are compounds that play a significant role in the beneficial effects of eating cacao.

Our cocoa is NOT alkalized.  You may need to stir a your hot cocoa a bit more vigorously but you’ll taste the unique flavor of the beans, and get the full benefit of cacao’s flavanols!

To learn more about our fine flavor El Carmen beans please see our El Carmen page.

Nicaragua, 220g Bag


Ingredients: Cacao Beans, Organic Sugar
May contain trace amounts of peanuts and tree nuts.

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Wonderful rich and smooth

Of the five single origin chocolates offered, this is my favourite one. They are all amazing, this one to me has a certain warm richness I particularly like. This is despite using less than recommended on the packaging, I use 2 tbsp per 300 ml, and it is full of flavour.

Linda H.
Loving the cocoa!

Really enjoying the cocoa… I mainly got it for my morning espresso… and it’s a wonderful add-in. On a side note, we were accidentally sent some chocolate bars as well, and we really enjoyed those as a dessert… smooth and silky.

Victoria Tucker

El Carmen Hot Cocoa

Regina Hain
This was my favorite.

I ordered your 4 hot cocoa blends. I think this was my favorite, followed by the Asochivete. I've really enjoyed sampling all of them.

Abigail Young
Delicious Hot Cocoa

The cocoa is very rich, delicious, and gourmet. It does take a little more effort to stir in then typical hot cocoa mix but is well worth it.