I have been having some really great experiments going on at my house of late. I have some great spices to play with and I was VERY excited to get the chance to add Kiva Organic Cocoa Powder to my cabinet.

First off, my experience using cocoa powder has been very limited. Hot chocolate, chocolate cake and the occasional brownies.. but somehow this was not going to cut it around here. We have gone gourmet!

I decided to search online to find some challenges. I created a Pinterest Board for a few of my favorites.

I will say though- the man made his mom’s recipe for brownies. I talked about that in another recipe post this week, The brownies were insanely good- and I will say I am not usually that big of a fan of them. With this powder, I swear they have taken a WHOLE new flavor on.I think I ate a whole pan of them myself. I ate the frosting separate from them too.

I also discovered a love for cardamom in drinks. I found a great recipe for hot cocoa with pistachios and cardamom and cocoa but I am too lazy for it. So here are the modifications.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons Kiva Organic Cocoa Powder
a cup of milk- whole and organic
a splash of vanilla
4 or 5 cardamom pods, crushed
2 marshmallows ( or your choice of treehuggery sweeteners)

I added the cocoa and cardamom to a big coffee cup. Now pods of cardamom are fussy. You COULD leave them whole, but you will get less flavor. The more you smash, the more flavor you get. Fill your cup with milk, leaving room to stir and add marshmallows. Stir as much as you feel. Add the vanilla.

I microwaved it around a 1 minute 30 seconds. Keep an eye on it- if it overflows its a mess. Once it is hot enough, stir some more and maybe nuke again if required.

Add marshmallows.

I leave all the seeds and such in the cup. I don’t eat the pod skins, but I do enjoy crunching the inner seeds and I am weird, yes.

Using the Kiva Organic Cocoa Powder is a whole new experience. The cocoa is organic, and I have never had that. The thing that impresses me each time I have a cup of this, is how smooth the chocolate is. There is no bitterness whatsoever. It is just a clean delicious flavor. I seriously have been drinking this every day and I am addicted to it.

Some days I add a scoop of instant coffee.. and oh my. SO GOOD!

If you are ready to take your chocolate addiction to the next level, this is going to be your product of choice. I was going to try some of those other fancy entrees with the cocoa, but I suspect it will be gone with my hot cocoa addiction. Sorry readers- when you find a good thing, sometimes you just stick with it!

Thanks so much to the folks at Kiva Organic Cocoa Powder for letting us sample this. I suspect I will be back for more, and soon!

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