Santa Fe celebrates their indigenous cuisine through the combination of chilies and chocolate. Spicy chili and chocolate is a traditional pairing from the Americas dating back to the time of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. This unique chocolate is utilized in a variety of different ways in the City Different, a few of which can be seen below:
The spa at the award-winning La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa offers a chocolate based treatment:
Santa Fe Chocolate Chile Wrap – this Southwestern treatment features a custom blend of Chimayo red chili and chocolate to nourish and hydrate skin with antioxidants, marine algae and rich moisturizers. The full body treatment involves the use of a mud-based mask with chili to stimulate the circulation and create a strong tingling sensation. Once the mask is removed, the final application includes white chocolate as an ingredient and leaves the skin hydrated, silky smooth and the entire body with a tantalizing chocolate aroma. The treatment lasts 50 minutes and takes place Monday through Thursday for $135 and Friday through Sunday for $139. More information is available at www.laposadadesantafe.com/spa/treatments/.
The Santa Fe Chocolate Trail offers an odyssey of edible delights, featuring four chocolate shops devoted to the ancient art of chocolate making, offering dark chocolate truffles, fudge, bon bons, beverages and more. Visitors can follow the trail as it winds through the heart of historic Santa Fe, showcasing the city's chocolate artistry and its rich history with cacao. Artisanal chocolate shops on the trail include:
The Chocolate Smith - Owners Jeff and Kari Keenan make their artisan chocolate by hand, creating a bittersweet blend of dark chocolate and premium fresh, locally-sourced, organic ingredients. VIsitors can watch the crew at work in the boutique's open kitchen. Signature chocolates include red chile pistachio bark, white chocolate lemon lavender bark, sea salt caramels and chocolate pate wrapped in wax.
Todos Santos - Entering Todos Santos is like stumbling into a chocolate fantasy, a colorful wonderland full of inventive treats, including, chocolate milagros coated in edible gold or silver, pumpkin seed toffee and decadent truffles with hickory smoked sea salt, tarragon and candied grapefruit peel. Located in Sena Plaza.
Kakawa Chocolate House - With antique recipes for chocolate that have been handed down through centuries, Kakawa offers elixirs made from chocolate, exotic brews of the kind once enjoyed by Aztec warriors, Maria Antoinette and Thomas Jefferson. Organic ingredients include ancho chile, roses, hibiscus, musk and nuts, Kakawa's beverages are steeped in history.
CG Higgins Confections - Whether it’s a luscious beverage to sip on or a decadent bite of something rich, the handmade and high quality items from C.G. Higgins are perfect pick-me-ups for a day of exploring the museums and shops downtown.