The cold weather and a love for all things perfected in the sweet department, prompted pastry chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, co-owner of Spuntino and pastry chef at Duo and Olivea, to not only create but box up the Spuntino Hot Chocolate for the rest of the world to enjoy. The special blend is a combination of chocolates from France, Belgium, and Lozada-Hissom's native Venezuela with spices that transform every day customers into devoted fans of this hot chocolate blend. To this well-balanced mix, Spuntino adds homemade salted caramel marshmallows, a treat made of swirls of salted caramel in a creamy and fluffy vanilla bean marshmallow.
"People come from Boulder and many other places to get this hot chocolate- they just love it," Lozada-Hissom said. A regular customer at Spuntino and world-traveler connoisseur of hot chocolates told the pastry chef that this is better than the best he's had in Vienna and Paris. All you need to do to understand that such a statement is just the reality is try it.
The pretty hot chocolate package comes with easy-to-follow directions and costs $14.75. A percentage of every sale is donated to the Humane Society, an organization that multi-year the James Beard nominee pastry chef is very committed to.
Spuntino Hot Chocolate [Photo: Courtesy of Spuntino]