We love a big, steaming cup of hot chocolate on brisk winter days, post-ski or snowshoe, or to wind down after a busy work week. With the bounty of New England herbs and veggies that can be dried and used throughout the winter months, making sipping cocoa mixes that use real, freshly ground ingredients to flavor them makes the freshest, healthiest treat to stave off the chill from a polar vortex or Nor’Easter. And BONUS: you can use them in your favorite baking recipes!
We grind pure dark chocolate from Venezuela for our Drinking Chocolate mix, and blend that with premium cocoa powder, a touch of organic raw cane sugar and freshly ground spices, fruits or veggies for our Sipping Cocoa mixes. All are dairy-free (except the Bonfire Blend, made with rich, caramel-y dark milk chocolate) and can be made with hot milk, water if you’re a purist, or a hot plant-based mylk of your choice.
We went a little crazy with flavors, coming up with everything from the cool and refreshing Forest Blend with Vermont spruce and wildcrafted peppermint, to the umami Forage Blend with medicinal mushrooms and rosemary, Heart Beet with earthy ruby beetroot powder and a hint of raspberry, Golden Chai with a Vermont-made chai spice blend and turmeric, Bonfire Blend with Vermont maple sugar and smoked sea salt, and spicy Xocoatl with locally grown chili pepper and spices based on traditional Mayan blends. With no artificial flavors or colors, the pure aromas come through with each sip and make this one elegant chocolate drink to savor.
And don’t forget our dark and milk chocolate submarinos, perfect for travel, the office or a quick snack. An Argentinian tradition, these solid chocolate cigars can be stirred into hot coffee drinks or warm milk, vegan mylks, or hot water to your taste, and you can nibble on the chocolate as you enjoy. So civilized.
Our amazing little mixes can be used in recipes from rich and flavorful ice cream sauces, to swapping them out for chopped chocolate and cocoa powder in your favorite baked goods. Try out our recipe for flavorful fudgy brownies, spiced with your choice of our Sipping Cocoa blends, for a crazy-good and not-too-sweet twist on a classic. And may we suggest a side of hot cocoa to go with?