CocoaJoe Pecan Caramels

Be Warned – These are VERY ADDICTIVE and I will have to lose about 5 lbs. since I created the recipe :)

CocoaJoe Drinking Cocoa grounds are added for the full boil of the caramel – this infuses the caramel with a wonderful cocoa undertone… while the cocoa bean grounds add to the nutty flavor of the pecans.

CocoaJoe Pecan Caramels

¼ Cup Butter

1 Can Evaporated Milk (standard can size)

1 Can Light Coconut Milk (standard can size)

1 ¼ Cup White Sugar

1 Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar

1 Cup Light Corn Syrup

5 Heaping Tablespoons of CocoaJoe grounds (un-brewed CocoaJoe)

1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1 Cup whole, toasted pecans


Prepare 9” x 9” square pan, grease with butter or spray.  Toast pecans at 300 degrees for approximately 10 minutes or until just slightly golden – set aside.  Melt the butter over low/medium heat, add evaporated milk, coconut milk and corn syrup, blend thoroughly.  Then add white and brown sugars, mix well.  Add CocoaJoe grounds and stir well.  Continue stirring, bring to boil.  Remain on medium/low heat until you reach the “softball” stage on a candy thermometer – approx. 240 degrees.  Remove from heat, add vanilla, mix well.  Place toasted pecans on bottom of prepared pan.  Pour melted caramel on top of pecans.  Let set at room temperature for at least 3 – 4 hours or until fully cooled.  Once cooled, cut into 1/2″ squares and wrap in candy wrappers or wax paper.

Green Salmon Coffee adds CocoaJoe to the Menu!

We’re excited to announce that Green Salmon Coffee House in Yachats, Oregon has added CocoaJoe – Premium Drinking Cocoa to their menu and retail shelves! This wonderful coffee house sits just off the beautiful Oregon Coast Highway, just a few blocks from Yachats State Park and a beautiful view of the rugged Oregon coast. We look forward to hearing how adding CocoaJoe to their offerings has also added to their bottom line! See Green Salmon Coffee House here and make sure to stop by if you’re driving up or down the super beautiful Oregon Coast Highway. Thanks again Green Salmon Coffee House!

CocoaJoe Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Scrumptous

Ok, so we “borrowed” this recipe from Martha Stewart.  Although the ingredients to make this pie do not call for any CocoaJoe, you’ll want to definitely brew some fresh CocoaJoe to go along with a big slice of this decadent dessert!  Enjoy!


2 cup(s) (about 16 crackers) finely ground graham cracker crumbs

6 tablespoon(s) (3 ounces) unsalted butter, melted

1 tablespoon(s) granulated sugar

2 tablespoon(s) packed light-brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon(s) coarse salt

1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon

3 ounce(s) bittersweet chocolate (preferably 61 percent cacao), finely chopped

6 ounce(s) semisweet chocolate (preferably 55 percent cacao), chopped

4 tablespoon(s) (2 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

3/4 cup(s) packed light-brown sugar

1 tablespoon(s) cornstarch

1 teaspoon(s) pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 teaspoon(s) coarse salt

3/4 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon(s) ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon(s) ground nutmeg

1 ounce(s) milk chocolate, melted

1 can(s) (15-ounce) solid-pack pumpkin

1 can(s)

(12-ounce) evaporated milk

3 large eggs

Ground cloves


1.    Make the crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, sugars, salt, and cinnamon in bowl. Firmly press mixture into bottom and up sides of a deep, 9 1/2-inch pie dish. Bake until firm, 8 to 10 minutes.
2.    Remove from oven, and sprinkle bittersweet chocolate over bottom of crust. Return to oven to melt chocolate, about 1 minute. Spread chocolate in a thin layer on bottom and up sides. Let cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
3.    Make the filling: In a large heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, melt semisweet chocolate and butter, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat.
4.    Mix pumpkin, milk, brown sugar, eggs, cornstarch, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and a pinch of cloves in a medium bowl. Whisk 1/3 pumpkin mixture into chocolate mixture. Whisk in remaining pumpkin mixture until completely incorporated.
5.    Transfer pie dish to a rimmed baking sheet, and pour pumpkin mixture into crust. Bake until center is set but still a bit wobbly, 55 to 60 minutes. Let cool in pie dish on a wire rack. Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 8 hours (preferably overnight). Before serving, drizzle melted milk chocolate on top. Serve immediately.



We’re at 100 ClubJoe Entries… Thank You All!

We’ve reached our limit of 100 people to sign up to ClubJoe… We want to thank you all!! If you missed out on your free 2oz TasterPack – Remember we still offer our 2oz packs for only $3 ea. / free shipping with no limit on quantities.

Thank you all again and we’re excited to have you as part of the Club!

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CocoaJoe LLC increases profits for small cocoa bean farmers and their communities

By opening this new market, the smaller community owned farms or small farmer owned Co-ops gain an opportunity to sell their cocoa beans at a higher price and realize more profits from those sales. CocoaJoe – Premium Drinking Cocoa endeavors to use beans only from these ‘Fair Trade’ or ‘Ethically and Sustainably Traded’ cocoa bean farmers and cooperatives. These smaller farms are not able to compete with some of the larger growers and Co-ops, due to the high costs of certification and licensing charged by most governments. Due to these huge costs, these smaller entities are restricted to selling either locally or accepting lower prices to sell their cocoa beans on the international markets.

With the healthy properties of cocoa beans proven through scientific research – it is thought by some that the market potential for Drinking Cocoa could be considered to be as large as the market for coffee or tea! Plus, due to the fact cocoa beans have been scientifically proven to contain many healthy properties and benefits – no crazy marketing claims are needed – it could easily compete in the ‘Health Drink’ market too!

Drinking Cocoa’ (also known as ‘Brewing Cocoa’) is an innovative use of the cocoa bean. Offering 100% naturally processed cocoa beans – roasted and ground – then brewed into a healthy, dark chocolate tasting beverage. Since Drinking Cocoa contains no caffeine – but still offers an energy boost from a natural stimulant called Theobromine, it will attract a lot of interest from people looking to lose the ‘sour’ caffeine stomach but still gain focus and energy. Drinking Cocoa contains high amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and flavanols – it can be a great way to add a healthy dark chocolate flavor to any diet without the guilt of sugar and dairy laden bon-bons!

“We look to use the highest quality cocoa beans we can find from farms that have really cool stories.” Says Tom Schumacher – RoastMaster and Owner of CocoaJoe, “We presently offer beans from Venezuela that have some great stories behind them. For instance, the Patanemos beans  that are from a small village in the Amazonian jungle that was started by slaves who escaped and built a little town they named ‘Pas Tenemos’ – which means ‘We Have Peace’. It takes the sourcing agent 2 days travel by canoe, going against the current, to reach the village and buy the beans – now that’s a cool story! … and if we can better those farmers’ lives and get everybody drinking cocoa – then it’s a Win/Win!” he added.

This exciting new use of the cocoa bean is actually not a ‘new’ use at all, but a re-introduction of a beverage that, until the early 1800s, was considered a norm. Many cultures have imbibed cocoa for centuries. CocoaJoe – Premium Drinking Cocoa is an easy way to add this ancient beverage back in to a healthy daily diet. Since there are thousands, if not millions, of people that are searching for an alternative beverage that they safely add to their diet (as with adding anything to a daily diet – check with a health professional with any and all concerns) there is market potential in the millions, if not billions of dollars!

About CocoaJoe, LLC

CocoaJoe is a Denver-based company that produces hand-crafted, artisanal batches of 100% natural and organic premium brewing cocoa. The company is dedicated to educating the world on the health benefits and great taste of this new, yet ancient, beverage. CocoaJoe endeavors to improve the world one cup at a time. The company is committed to purchasing organic cocoa beans from Fair Trade and Ethically and Sustainably Traded farms and co-ops. To learn more about CocoaJoe or to order their premium, organic brewing cocoa visit

It’s Healthy Dark Chocolate Any Time of Day!

Drinking Cocoa is an innovative use of the cocoa bean and it looks to join coffee and tea as a standard beverage for breakfast or lunch or as an additional choice for after-dinner. CocoaJoe – Premium Drinking Cocoa is 100% naturally processed Cocoa Beans – nothing else added … no sugar, no caffeine, no flavors, any preservatives or chemicals of any kind. This is the pinnacle of healthy, dark chocolate. According to Tom Schumacher – RoastMaster and Owner of CocoaJoe LLC, “We find the natural, unique flavors of the cocoa beans used to create our drinking cocoa really don’t require any sort of additive… they taste great naturally!” he stated. “However,” He added,”we have found the cocoa bean wants to be treated somewhat differently from a coffee bean, in that it should spend more time steeping in hot water. Like a tea leaf, the cocoa bean releases more flavor the longer it steeps.”

For people searching for a healthy alternative beverage they can safely add to their diet – drinking cocoa or brewing cocoa is the answer. Vegans should be excited by the fact that they can safely drink roasted ground cocoa beans with no worry of animal by-products. Most Drinking Cocoas on the market contain no additives and the cocoa beans are 100% naturally processed. Studies show that Drinking Cocoa as a beverage is considered safe for diabetics because it contains absolutely no added sugars – (be sure to consult a physician with any concerns regarding adding brewed cocoa to any diet).  Drinking Cocoa, with its proven ability to increase metabolism, is an excellent beverage for people on diets that are craving a ‘dark chocolate’ flavor without all the added dairy and sugar. Try drinking cocoa or brewing cocoa if caffeine makes for jittery nerves or the acids from coffee upset your stomach – the natural energy giver in drinking cocoa – Theobromine, gives a healthy boost and the lack of acids in brewed cocoa won’t upset the tummy.

Naturally processed and ground, the cocoa bean is very easy to brew into a ‘tea or coffee-like’ beverage that contains large amount of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Long treasured by ancient civilizations and used in ceremonial chocolate drinks by priests and warriors, cocoa beans were termed as a ‘Food of the Gods’ in the early 1700’s when Swedish naturalist Linnaeus coined the genus and species Theobroma cacao. For centuries the cocoa bean was used to create a beverage that was consumed because it tasted good – they had no idea that there were also immense health benefits to be had from drinking it. Unlike other natural beverages, the cocoa bean has a wealth of information available supporting its healthy properties.

CocoaJoe – Premium Drinking Cocoa LLC is looking to re-introduce this wonderfully healthy beverage to the masses.

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