A rocket salad topped with parmesan, almonds, and raspberries. The infused Raspberry Chocolate Salad by Nove is a must-try.

Cannabis Recipe: Raspberry Chocolate Salad

A Cannabis-Infused First Course

A great appetizer to a summer meal is a fresh salad. Add a little cannabis chocolate and you have a unique and delicious first course that’ll keep you in good spirits for the whole meal. We’ve elevated this raspberry chocolate salad recipe to a whole new level by including our Raspberry Bramble Chocolate to create a sweet and potent balsamic dressing.

A rocket salad topped with parmesan, almonds, and raspberries.  The infused Raspberry Chocolate Salad by Nove is a must-try.

Ingredients for Raspberry Chocolate Salad

Serving size: 4-6

Balsamic Dressing:

  • 3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 square of the Nové Raspberry Bramble Chocolate (10mg THC per piece)


  • Baby romaine, arugula, and baby spinach
  • 1 pint of raspberries
  • ¼ cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup of silver almonds
  • 1-2 squares of the Nové Raspberry Bramble Chocolate (10mg THC per piece)

Inspiration source: Raspberry Salad with Cocoa Balsamic Dressing by The Fig Tree

Tasting of balsamic vinegar on a ceramic spoon

How to Make the Chocolate Balsamic Dressing

  1. Dose out two squares of the Raspberry Bramble bar.
  2. Put all the ingredients into a blender to mix together. Set the dressing aside in a mason jar for at least 10 minutes so you get the most flavor.

Making the Rasberry Chocolate Salad

  1. Get a large bowl and throw in the greens, almonds, raspberries, and cheese. (Make sure the salad greens are washed first.)
  2. Top off the salad with chocolate garnishes using the Raspberry Bramble Chocolate bar. You can either chop the square(s) up into bits or use a potato peeler to make chocolate curls.

Nove Raspberry Bramble cannabis luxury chocolate packaging next to a cut-open piece of chocolate.

Infuse More of Your Favorite Summer Recipes with Nové Luxury Chocolates

There are all kinds of summer dishes that can be improved upon with cannabis. Luckily, we have plenty of other flavors you can try out. Our store locator will show you which dispensaries closest to you what flavors currently in stock. Being in the kitchen all day just got a lot more fun!

A bowl of cannabis-infused Chocolate Barbecue Sauce featuring Nove Cafe Cappuccino bar

Cannabis Recipe: Chocolate Barbecue Sauce

Your Go-To Cannabis Recipe for Backyard Barbecues

Nothing makes meat or veggies tastier than slathering them with barbeque sauce. It’s a staple for every outdoor cookout. But did you know it’s even better when you add chocolate?

The blend of spicy and smoky flavors with the rich, espresso center of our Café Cappuccino Chocolate creates a sauce that’s full of body and flavor. Our infused chocolate barbecue sauce recipe definitely brings an extra layer to a cook-out classic.

A bowl of cannabis-infused Chocolate Barbecue Sauce featuring Nove Cafe Cappuccino bar

Ingredients for Chocolate Barbecue Sauce

Serving size: about 2 cups

  • 3 squares of the Nové Café Cappuccino Chocolate, chopped (10mg THC per piece)
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup brewed coffee
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups of ketchup
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. salt 
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Note: When refrigerated in an air-sealed container, this sauce will last up to one week.

Inspiration source: Chocolate Barbecue Sauce by Saveur

Man hand grilling barbecue on fire at backyard on day. Family dinner outdoor style bbq activity.

Cooking Instructions for Infused Chocolate Barbecue Sauce

  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Throw in the garlic and onion and cook them until they’re soft. Usually, this takes about 4-6 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan and reduce the heat to a simmer. Stir occasionally for 5-8 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

Nove Cafe Cappuccino cannabis luxury chocolate packaging next to a cut-open piece of chocolate.

Find Out What Dispensaries Carry Our Café Cappuccino Chocolate Using Our Store Locator

We supply multiple dispensaries across Colorado so our consumers have easy access to our Nové luxury chocolates. Our website includes a store locator to help narrow down your search. The Café Cappuccino is only one of our six chocolate flavors, so feel free to treat yourself to more than one chocolate bar!

Three frozen hot chocolates topped with whipped cream and striped straws. This cannabis recipe features Nove Glacier Mint.

Cannabis Recipe: Frozen Mint Hot Chocolate

A Summertime Cannabis Recipe For You

The words ‘hot chocolate’ and ‘summer’ don’t normally go together, but this recipe with a twist says otherwise! Our take on frozen mint hot chocolate infused with our Nové Glacier Mint Chocolate makes for a fabulous sweet treat after barbequing in the sun all day. The best part is it takes less than 10 minutes to make. An easy, quick, and luxurious summer dessert to wind down with on a warm evening!

Three frozen hot chocolates topped with whipped cream and striped straws.  This cannabis recipe features Nove Glacier Mint.

Ingredients for Frozen Mint Hot Chocolate

Serving size: 1

  • Chocolate syrup
  • 1 packet of hot chocolate mix
  • 1-2 cups of ice
  • ½-1 cups of milk (you can also use chocolate milk if you want it extra, extra chocolatey!)
  • 1-2 ice cream scoops
  • 1 square of the Nové Glacier Mint Chocolate (10mg THC per piece)

Optional ingredients:

  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate sprinkles

Here’s a quick tip: Put whatever glass you’re using in the freezer ahead of time so your drink stays cold longer! 

Inspiration source: Frozen Hot Chocolate Drink by Veena Azmanov

Ice cream, milk, Nove Glacier Mint, and other ingredients in a glass mixing bowl.  Frozen mint hot chocolate is a great cannabis recipe by Nove.

How to Make A Cannabis-Infused Frozen Mint Hot Chocolate

  1. Add all the ingredients and one square of the Nové Glacier Mint Chocolate into a blender. You can cut up the chocolate square so it blends easier.
  2. Blend for about 20 to 30 seconds until it’s smooth.
  3. Pour the drink out into a cold glass and finish it off with an extra scoop or two of ice cream with a drizzle of chocolate syrup. Feel free to add whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles because why not!

Nove Glacier Mint cannabis luxury chocolate packaging next to a cut-open piece of chocolate.

More Nové Chocolate Flavors to Try Out This Summer

Give your taste buds a workout this summer by trying the rest of our Nové Chocolate flavors! All of our sweet and salty choices are made using single-origin, South American chocolate, elevating your edible experience to another level. Use our store locator to find our affiliate dispensaries and start making your summer days a little more uplifting.

Nove Luxury Cannabis Chocolates in production; sourcing sustainable chocolate is essential to our social promise.

Nové Sustainable Chocolate: Sourcing Sustainable Cacao and Protecting The Rainforests

Our planet holds hundreds of natural wonders. Some of the most impressive are the rainforests. Sadly, we have witnessed these forest monstrosities be annihilated through illegal deforestation, logging, and a jump in the number of cattle farms. According to The Nature Conservancy, the 6 million square miles of tropical rainforest that once existed has dropped to only 2.4 million square miles.

In an effort to raise awareness and encourage action, the Rainforest Partnership officially launched the first World Rainforest Day on June 22nd, 2017.

Close-up Toco Toucan. Misiones, Argentina.

What is World Rainforest Day?

World Rainforest Day is about celebrating the beauty of the rainforests and encouraging staunch action to preserve them.

Besides being home to over half of the world’s animals and plants, we can also thank rainforests for producing close to 20% of the oxygen we breathe. They’ve even been deemed the “world’s largest pharmacy." This is because nearly 25% of Western medicine includes ingredients from tropical rainforests.

The decline in tropical rainforests should be alarming to everyone

Seeing how rainforests are Earth’s oldest living ecosystem (some surviving 70 million years and counting), it’s hard to imagine a world without them. However, the situation has taken a dramatic step back.

The World Rainforest Day’s website explains how 40 years of deforestation has shrunk the rainforests' landmass to the size of Europe. To put it into perspective, researchers estimate we lose about 40 football fields worth of rainforest every minute. In other words, this equates to almost 3300 miles lost a day. Very recently, Brazil’s national space research institute INPE recorded the rate of deforestation in the Amazon had soared to 60%.

In addition, it’s important to remember that rainforests provide for indigenous communities and their tribes. Many live off the land. Some have been persecuted for speaking out against the industries harming their ecosystem and way of life.

Sustainable chocolate. Creative layout made of cacao fruit and cacao beans. Flat lay. F

What is the importance of sustainable sourcing?

The definition of sustainable sourcing is the integration of social, ethical, and environmental performance factors into the process of selecting suppliers. 

Expanding supply chains into developing countries is a common practice for industries wanting to produce at a higher capacity with lower costs. However, this comes with plenty of risks, such as failing to comply with local laws and regulations and supply disruption. 

The increased awareness of the negative impacts on the environment and indigenous communities has pushed companies to take responsibility. Therefore, many buyers now expect companies to work towards improving the sustainability of their supply chains. Initiatives like World Rainforest Day provide companies and consumers with the knowledge and resources for protecting the rainforests through impactful action.

Nove Luxury Cannabis Chocolates in production; sourcing sustainable chocolate is essential to our social promise.

How do we sustainably source our Nové Luxury Chocolate products?

Our efforts to be an eco-conscious business are never a last-minute thought. Above all, we believe luxury doesn’t need to have a high price tag or be provided through unethical means. 

Nové luxury cannabis chocolates are made with single-sourced, sustainable cacao from South America. This ensures workers receive fair wages and minimizes our carbon footprint with less transportation. In addition, all of our packaging contains no plastic. Everything is biodegradable, recyclable, and made from 33% post-consumer materials.

It's essential for companies and consumers to source sustainable chocolate. Shot of cacao pods.

Easy ways you can help protect the rainforest

Tackling global issues takes a strong community of people. Even one small action can make a huge impact. Times that by a few million and true change is inevitable.

Donations aren’t the only way you can contribute to protecting the rainforest. There are several things you can start doing right now!

  • For instance, try reducing the amount of wood and paper you use. Hemp-made products are making a strong comeback. The Hemp Business Journal estimates that it can be used for over 50,000 different products across a wide range of industries. Hemp can even be used as a building material! 
  • Buy products reasonably sourced or made from recyclable material. It not only encourages innovation for companies, but sustainable sourcing reduces operating costs, energy use, and waste production. 
  • Find companies that give back. Some businesses work in tangent with organizations where they’ll donate a portion of their proceeds to a cause they believe in.  
  • Support indigenous communities. By purchasing artisanal items and fair trade products from these communities, you’re helping sustain the rainforests and their livelihood.

Nove Sea Salt Caramel on a metal surface, surrounded by caramel candies and other kitchen equipment.

Eating sustainable chocolate is good for the environment!

Who knew eating chocolate could help preserve the rainforests? Sounds like a pretty good deal to us! 

Our promise to make sustainable chocolate products comes from our appreciation of rainforests. We thank them for everything they provide to the world. Be a part of the change by using our store locator to find where you can purchase Nové luxury cannabis chocolates.

Medically Correct Co-Founder and Executive Chef, Josh Fink, is examining a Nove luxury cannabis chocolate bar.

Meet Josh Fink, Co-Founder and Executive Chef of the Nové Cannabis Kitchen

The Colorado Cannabis Industry, Then and Now

Just over 10 years ago, at the onset of Colorado medical cannabis legalization, Medically Correct was born with a mission to truly help people and help shape the industry.  Rick Scarpello, Bob Eschino, Derek Cumings, and Josh Fink launched the incredibles chocolate bar line, which has since grown into the highest volume edibles company in Colorado!

The Medically Correct founders; Derek Cumings, Bob Eschino, Rick Scarpello, and Josh Fink; toasting Nove Luxury Chocolates

With the consumer trend shifting over the last few years to more premium products, our founders noticed that affordable luxury in the form of filled chocolate wasn’t available to Colorado’s cannabis consumers.  Enter Nové - created not only to fill this gap (no pun intended;), but to also express our deep love of culinary creativity. 

Q&A with Cannabis Chef Josh Fink

We had a chance to sneak into the Nové kitchen for a Q&A sesh with Co-Founder and Executive Chef, Josh Fink.  Here’s what he shared with us.

Mr. Fink, how old were you when you began your culinary journey and what inspired you? 

When I was around three years old, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen with my grandmother.  At that age, I thought French fries were magic because they were so foreign from everything I had at home.  So, when my grandma made French fries, my mind was blown...I realized you could make everything!  After that, I was determined to figure out how to make anything.  I was always like - What is that?  Ok, let’s figure it out.

Macro of Melted milk or dark chocolate swirl in plate and whisk on dark concrete background

What’s the coolest thing you’ve figured out in more recent years?

Chocolate's always been a part of my life and was a mystery for a long time in terms of how to make it.  Back in 2019 one of our producers had a workshop in Maryland that I was able to attend and make chocolate from bean to bar...it was unbelievable!  You can’t just make it at home, you know?  When I was a kid, I tried to figure it out.  I took some cocoa powder and sugar, and I didn’t even know what cocoa butter was aside from the lotion, so I remember thinking - I'll just use butter instead. Ha! I realized pretty quickly that's not chocolate.  Nearly 40 years later, I figured out how.

Medically Correct Co-Founder and Executive Chef, Josh Fink, is examining a Nove luxury cannabis chocolate bar.

When did cannabis enter the life of Josh Fink? 

Initially, it was the usual early teen exploration.  In my early 20s, I had a dance career.  There was a time when I was studying at a summer program and took an intense technique class with this teacher named Stanley.  My feet would always cramp up, and the only way to get through his class was with the Stanley Special - an Advil, a lot of water, and three hits off a bowl, ‘cause only then you were loose enough to take a class with him.  I learned later, I had been medicating with cannabis and didn't realize it. I knew it was more effective than ibuprofen early and I could control the psychoactivity.

Did you realize the synergy of chocolate and cannabis with the creation of incredibles?  Or was there an ah-ha moment prior to that? 

We started with baked goods, brownies, carrot cake, and such, as well as a few confections, such as hard candies and caramel corn.  We met Derek after a few months in business.  I have always appreciated the ability of chocolate to blend with cannabis, it's certainly one of the elements contributing to the popularity of brownies in cannabis culture.

Nove luxury cannabis chocolates in production at the Medically Correct cannabis kitchen.

Launching any new product comes with its challenges.  What challenges have you come up against in the Nové kitchen?

The main challenge is really the amount of time we can run the One Shot machine to fill the chocolate.  And then there’s training; we have to ensure our staff can all run the machine properly to keep it working. 

What’s coming down the pipeline you’re excited about, Josh?

We’ve got a long list of what’s to come but the next three products we’re working on are rapid onset vegan gummies, as well as Nové gummies that are more Paté de fruit than traditional gummy. We’ll also be making a medical version of Nové chocolate. 

What in your career are you most proud of? 

Helping to make cannabis understandable and accessible for anyone.

Nove Sea Salt Caramel on a metal surface, surrounded by caramel candies and other kitchen equipment.

What piece of advice would you give someone aspiring to follow in your footsteps within the cannabis industry? 

Follow your passion. Find a good team; no one is an island. Perseverance pays off.

Connect with Josh Fink, Co-Founder and Executive Chef of Medically Correct

Josh is a culinary scientist through and through and we’re so grateful to be part of his team!   Connect with him on LinkedIn, and try the new Nové luxury chocolate line.  Click here to find your local dispensary.

melted chocolate pouring into pieces of chocolate bars

Nine Great Places to Eat Chocolate in Denver

Chocolate: Exquisite With and Without Cannabis

Now that life is opening back up… restaurants!  If you’re anything like me, dessert is an important factor when deciding where to go for a delicious meal.  I silently give bonus points to places that include a dessert menu filled with rich chocolate confections of the finest.  Thankfully, there are lots of great places to eat chocolate in Denver!

When creating Nové Luxury Chocolates, we take pride in amplifying that luxury part of our name by filling decadent chocolate with velvety-soft fillings infused with premium cannabis oil.  If you weren’t already aware, chocolate and cannabis pair perfectly together.  The chemical composition, the flavor profiles, the way the body assimilates both…they truly are a match made in heaven.  Don’t just believe me; check out Craft Chocolate and Cannabis to understand why this is.

Whether combining chocolate with cannabis, fruit, nuts, or enjoying it as its own treat, it’s a sumptuous flavor deserving of celebration.  This is precisely why we decided to highlight nine fabulous places to eat chocolate in Denver.  You may want to bookmark this page!

Must-Visit Places To Eat Chocolate in Denver

Chocolate Lab

Delicious plate of food from Chocolate Lab Restaurant: One of nine great placed for chocolate lovers in Denver.

It just made sense to kick off this list with the Chocolate Lab, Denver’s only chocolate-centric restaurant, craft cocktail bar, and chocolate shop.  Whether you want your chocolate with breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert, chocolate plays a starring role in nearly every dish!  Try the pan-seared scallops over dark chocolate candied rutabaga, drizzled with dark chocolate soy glaze and white chocolate lemon ginger sake foam.  Then, pair it with a Chocolate Manhattan!  If your chocolate threshold hasn’t been met by the time you finish, top it all off with the Cast-Iron Brownie for dessert.

Bistro Vendome

Cupid statue outside of Bistro Vendome Restaurant in Denver

Ah, Bistro Vendome.  Transport yourself to a Parisian street corner right in the heart of historic Larimer Square.  Enjoy exquisite French cuisine with your love and don’t forget to order dessert!  Their Gaufre au Nutella is to die for - a fluffy, crispy waffle served with bruléed banana, salted hazelnuts, Nutella ice cream, and Chantilly cream.  Finish your meal with a cup of espresso in the courtyard and (pro tip) drop in a piece of our Café Cappuccino bar before you sip!

D Bar

Outside patio of D Bar

“The vibe is cool. Super cool, actually. Denver Central Market is smack in the middle of RiNo (River North), Denver’s artsy-industrial neighborhood. You’ll be Instagramming from the dark wood tables next to young chefs, punk rockers, brewers, and start-up geniuses that run nearby businesses.”

Bon Appetit said it best.  If you're looking to eat chocolate in Denver, D Bar is the place.  Once you take in the scene, go ahead and admire the gorgeous French-style bonbons of Temper Chocolate, handcrafted by Chocolatier Anna Martinez.  Try the drinking chocolate, salted caramels, and house-made marshmallows.  Toss a piece of Nové Sea Salt Caramel into the mix while you’re indulging!

Little Man Ice Cream

Ice cream with toppings from Little Man Ice Cream

What makes Little Man Ice Cream a destination ice cream shop?  Is it their vintage Coney Island hot dog-shaped stand situated within a 28 foot tall, 14,000 lb. cream can?  Or maybe because for every scoop purchased, they match it with a donated scoop of rice, beans, or other essentials to a community in need anywhere around the world?  Perhaps it’s their dreamy homemade ice cream?  Whichever it is, it’s something to be experienced!  Enjoy a piece of Nové Honey Peanut Butter then head over to have your very own elevated experience paired with a cone of their chunky chocolate peanut butter ice cream!

Nest Cafe at Nurture Wellness Marketplace

A mug on a table at Nest Cafe, one of the best cups of hot chocolate in Denver

Nest Café is just a year old and is already making waves.  Located inside Nurture Wellness Marketplace, it’s a clean, conscious, and wholesome café with the most delicious and powerful cup of cacao.  Order a Legacy Cacao Ritual and sip your intentions deep into your cells.  You’ll be sure to leave at a higher frequency than you started when visiting this chocolate destination in Denver!

Jovanina's Broken Italian

Plated Food at Jovanina's Italian Restaurant

Jovanina’s award-winning Italian food has all the rich flavors that prep the palate perfectly for a sumptuous chocolate dessert.  Take in their incandescent-lit, romantic ambiance while you enjoy a fresh pasta dish, a pint of Colorado’s finest draft, and slide into home base with their sea salt buttercream-filled Bittersweet Chocolate Whoopie Pie.

Vital Root

Picture of Vital Root Restaurant

Vital Root, one of the Edible Beats restaurant group’s masterpiece restaurants situated in a reformed candy-factory.  Fast SLO food is their shtick, known for their responsibly grown and innovatively simple sourced, veggie-forward fare.  Sit in their outdoor garden, melt a piece of our Glacier Mint in your mouth and enjoy the vibe as they prepare your meal.   Grab a super-moist Hemp Cacao cookie for dessert…or have a few desserts and add in their Tiramisu and Beet Brownie while you’re at it!

City O’ City / Make, Believe Bakery

Chocolate Dessert from Make, Believe Bakery in Denver

Denver’s top vegan, 100% allergy-free bakery…and it’s pure magic!  Either head straight through the magical front entrance to the bakery or dine next door at City O’ City where you can order their confections from your server. Their cream-filled Ho-Ho Cupcakes are a Denver fave and by good right!  They transport you right back to childhood.  But since you’re an adult, go ahead and break off a piece of Nové Island Coconut to enhance the nostalgic vibe. 

Elevate The Everyday with Nové

So, is your mouth watering yet?  One thing is for sure, our city doesn’t disappoint.  Head over to your local dispensary to order your favorite flavor of Nové…or get all six!  With these and more stellar places to eat chocolate in Denver, you never know when that perfect pairing will beckon.