O ne of the more interesting and tasty things to do on Cozumel is to take a tour of the Chocolates Kaokao factory.
However, instead of a large production facility with workers cranking out bar after bar of ordinary, sweet confections, you’ll find a couple of rooms with a couple of dedicated artisans creating some of the finest chocolate made anywhere.
The small company is the life and passion of Cheyen, his wife Maryline and their daughter, Elisa. With the help of one chocolatier, they hand-make all of the chocolate products from cacao beans sourced from growers in Chiapas and Tabasco. They also lead the informative tours of their facility where the history of cacao is explained, and the process of creating a fine organic product is demonstrated. There is plenty of time for questions, to taste a few samples and you will have the opportunity to purchase their bars (I’m partial to the dark chocolate with orange) or one of the other chocolate products they produce.
They have big plans for their products, which includes growing their own cacao on the island. Maybe one day you’ll be lucky enough to buy Chocolates Kaokao products in the U.S. For now, you’ll have to visit Cozumel, Merida or the Riviera Maya.
The best way to book a tour , or to see a list of the local retail outlets that sell their products, is by visiting their web site http://chocolateskaokao.com
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