Pimienta Gorda Hot Cocoa
On our trips to Central America we were often given a drink made with cacao and allspice, which is known as “Pimienta Gorda” (fat pepper) in Spanish. Adding local spices was a common way to make “chocolatl,” a drink which was, for thousands of years, the primary way people consumed cacao.
The history of chocolatl is fascinating, dating back thousands of years to the Olmecs, Mayans and finally the Aztecs. For more of the story check out our “Brief History of Cacao” page! Although traditional chocolatl doesn’t include sugar, this hot cocoa is a sweet and savory way to experience the spiced flavors which are present in the historically significant drink.
As with all our hot cocoas we’ve freshly pressed this cacao powder ourselves, from the same directly sourced single origin beans we use to make our bars. We’re one of the only chocolate makers who do this! It’s not alkalized and there are no additives, so in addition to the savory, spicy flavors of the pimienta you can also taste the true flavor notes of the cacao. This is the perfect hot cocoa for curling up in front of a warm fire!
About Pimienta Gorda
Like the name implies, allspice has hints of a number of different spices in its flavor profile, including cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. We love using “local” favors, and it’s also the only spice which grows only in the Western Hemisphere. We source this particular Pimienta Gorda from the single origin spice masters at Burlap and Barrel, who purchase it directly from small farmers in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. If that region sounds familiar it’s because it’s the same place our Asochivite cacao comes from!
About Burlap & Barrel
Burlap & Barrel is a Public Benefit Corporation building new international food supply chains that are equitable, transparent and traceable. Their unique and personally sourced spices can be found in the kitchens of Michelin star chefs. And for good reason – the flavors are extraordinary. We encourage you to check out their website to learn more about the great work they’re doing, and also discover their unmatched selection of spices… including the Pimienta Gorda (Sweet Allspice) we used in this cocoa!
Vegan. Gluten free. Milk free.
For best flavor we recommend adding 3 tablespoons of our Pimienta Gorda Hot Cocoa to 1 cup of 2% milk.
Ingredients: Freshly pressed 100% cacao powder, organic sugar, Pimienta Gorda.
Ingredients: Freshly pressed single origin cacao powder, organic sugar, pimienta gorda.
May contain trace amounts of peanuts and tree nuts.
The first time I tasted this I knew I was hooked. I mix this with my coffee everyday and super enjoy just cocoa as well. Please never stop making this mix, I would be heartbroken. Awesomeness in a cup!!
I thought I knew what hot cocoa was, but this took it to a whole different level. You can taste the passion and love that went into making this chocolate. I’ll be back for more!
Great tasting....full of flavor....heavenly good.....