Kakao Fall Menu
There’s a nip in the air and leaves are falling as we’re served our chilly appetizer to the long, cold winter we’re about to be served. It’s that time of year when one’s thoughts turn to…hot cocoa!
We’ve been working diligently for the past week on a great recipe for hot cocoa, and I do believe we have a winner. Two actually (with one requiring further development).
Kakao Hot Cocoa is a special blend of an extra rich cocoa powder, ground chocolate and sugar. More cocoa and chocolate than sugar, because it shouldn’t be overly sweet. The cocoa powder has a wonderful bittersweet chocolate flavor, balanced with the touch of sugar for sweetness. The ground chocolate — real chocolate, ground to small bits — gives it a richness and depth we think you’ll really enjoy.
Our second recipe is a Kakao Mexican Hot Cocoa, which adds to our regular mix some ground peppers and cinnamon for a bit of a kick. Not too much, but enough to give you an extra kick of warmth, right when you need it.
(Still in development is a gingerbread hot cocoa — it’s not quite ready for prime time yet, though.)
We’re also pleased to introduce our re-designed pumpkin truffle. Real pumpkin and fall spices blended with cream, chocolate and sugar to make a creamy ganache, hand-dipped in milk chocolate, and topped with a toasted pumpkin seed. Two taste testers have already declared it their favorite truffle!
And what reminds us more of fall than the taste of apricots? (Okay, I know that’s a bit of a stretch, but we’ve got a new flavor and I want to include it here.) We’ve made some delicious pates de fruits from apricot puree, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. The pates de fruits, known by some as “hard jams,” are delectable little fruit chewies, just enough sour and just enough sweet — and lots of real fruit — to make them a perfect little treat.
Kakao Hot Cocoa comes in a five ounce package — enough to make a dozen cups of hot cocoa — for $6 for either regular or Mexican. Our pumpkin truffle is sold at market in packs of four for $6. And the pates de fruits are sold in packs of nine for $3. Everything will be available at our last two markets of the season: Maplewood next Wednesday afternoon and the Tower Grove Harvest Festival this Saturday morning. See you there!