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Go behind the scenes of a family-owned chocolate-making factory on Cozumel island during this 1-hour tasting tour. Taste different flavors of cacao and gain insight into its role in ancient Maya culture. Learn all there is to know about chocolate production, starting with grinding your own beans on site! This small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more memorable experience.

Highlights

  • Excellent value for money
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
  • Popular choice with kids
  • Small group ensures personal service

What You Can Expect

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.

Customer Reviews

Caryn L

4 star rating: Recommended November 2016

This was a fun and educational experience. First, we were on a cruise and had to take a cab to the factory since transportation wasn't included in the tour. When you're getting off the ship with thousands of other passengers it's chaotic! The line to get a cab was ridiculous. We got a nice local security guy to let us out of the staging area which is under construction so we could walk a little way into the town and find a driver. Be aware that the factory is not a big operation and none of the drivers we talked to knew about it. We had the address so we found a cab to take us, but only after some negotiations over price. We were quoted up to forty dollars for a round trip. Settled on 10 for one way. At the factory we saw a lengthy video on the history of chocolate, then received a tour from the owner. Had some trouble understanding his English, but he was still very entertaining. Then we got to make some chocolate! You grind the beans into a paste, add flavoring and press into a mold. It's very dark and bitter tasting but still a fun thing to do! The owner called a cab for us to return to the port it's not walking distance, and again had to negotiate the fare, which seemed to be entirely unregulated. Without the transportation issues this would be a 5 star adventure suitable for the whole family.

Donna G

4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

Wow - we learned so much about chocolate and the history. We actually experienced grinding the beans and making a chocolate bar. It was fun. I would do it again and bring others. The history was facinating.

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