Enjoy this brief but informative inside look at the chocolate-making process on Cozumel island. During the 1-hour tour, a knowledgeable guide takes you around a family-operated business dedicated to the creation of handmade Mexican chocolate.
From the passionate owners, hear about the deep roots of chocolate in Mexican culture, beginning with the importance of the cacao seed for Maya civilizations. Considered by the Maya as a sacred food, cacao was used to make a ceremonial beverage called chocolhaa, what we now know as hot cocoa.
Using an authentic chocolate mill, grind your own cacao beans and craft a drinking chocolate mix to take back home. Throughout the tour, you’ll sample different flavors of cacao in its various phases, including raw beans, roasted beans, cacao paste and finished chocolate products.
Come away with a palette familiar with the subtleties of the cacao bean, as well as a knowledge of the origins and history of chocolate in Mexico.