The Market at Larimer Square's Caliente Cocoa

The Market at Larimer Square's Caliente Cocoa
Staff Writer
Courtesy of The Market at Larimer Square

The Caliente Cocoa at The Market at Larimer Square.

In quaint downtown Denver, we found a spicy cup of cocoa sure to wake you up in the sleepiest of mornings. This shop, a small, family-owned business in the heart of Larimer Street, kicks their cocoa up a notch by using sweet ground cocoa, cinnamon, and cayenne to create their Caliente Cocoa. Use as much or as little of the cayenne as you want to give your cocoa a burst of flavor — but do it at your own risk!

1
Servings
1564
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

Caliente Mix

  • 1 Cup sweetened ground cocoa (they use MoCafe brand Fair Trade Dominican Sweet Ground Cocoa)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoon cayenne

Cocoa

  • 70 Ounces warm or steamed milk
  • 1 Teaspoon sweetened cocoa
  • 1 Teaspoon Caliente mix (or to taste)

Directions

Caliente Mix

Mix ingredients together. The longer you let the mix sit, the stronger the cayenne will infuse into the cocoa. The mix will last several weeks/months if kept in a resealable container.

Cocoa

Warm or steam your milk of choice. Add sweetened cocoa and Caliente Mix to taste, and don't be afraid to play around with the your mix! (Some people love it hot and use just the straight Caliente Mix, others prefer it to be sweet and use more sweetened cocoa.) Whisk (on stove top) or steam (with espresso wand) into milk as you go until well-incorporated. Pour into mug (approximately 8 ounces). Top with whipped cream if you wish. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
36g
51%
Sugar
232g
100%
Saturated Fat
34g
100%
Cholesterol
40mg
13%
Carbohydrate, by difference
255g
100%
Protein
76g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
1255µg
100%
Vitamin B-12
8µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
20mg
27%
Calcium, Ca
2708mg
100%
Choline, total
315mg
74%
Fiber, total dietary
8g
32%
Folate, total
102µg
26%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
296mg
93%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Pantothenic acid
7mg
100%
Phosphorus, P
2054mg
100%
Riboflavin
4mg
100%
Selenium, Se
44µg
80%
Sodium, Na
2700mg
100%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
24µg
100%
Water
1784g
66%
Zinc, Zn
9mg
100%

Cocoa Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Cocoa Cooking Tip

When melting chocolate, use a double boiler and stir occasionally to avoid scorching chocolate at the bottom of the bowl.