Do you think Mexico is famous for its chocolate? Have you tried authentic Mexican chocolate or have you asked yourselves where can you find the most delicious ones in our country? Possibly you have heard about cocoa, the raw material to make chocolate and one of the most famous ingredients that Mexico gave to the world. Now, we are telling you a bit about its presence in Mexico City.
Whether white, black or prepared with milk, chocolate is a sweet preparation that only a very few may resist. It is necessary to say that the importance of cocoa emerged when it was used as money change for the Mexica commerce and it was also prepared a religious beverage, mixed with water and always in a liquid format. Later, cocoa arrived in Europe and got popular as a beverage until a man from Holland managed to produce a solid mass of chocolate in 1828 and finally an English man achieved in making the first tablets in 1847, making it much more popular and making it easier to consume.
It has been told that eating chocolate is always a good idea and we agree, therefore we recommend our five favorite places to taste the best Mexican chocolates in our capital city.
1. Oscuro Puro
This small place in the middle of Colonia Roma is a place to spend and share time around cocoa. Here, chocolate is considered much more than, just a snack or a complement of meals; it is a whole meal and is the protagonist of diverse preparations. In Oscuro Puro, Mexican chocolate is offered in the shape of cookies, bread, cakes and other desserts accompanied by cocoa beverages, handmade beer, wine and a nice talk in the bar with two experts in chocolate. Don’t miss it!
- Guanajuato 138, Colonia, Roma Norte.
2. La Rifa
La Rifa can be defined as an experimental factory, where the features of different kinds of cocoa are squeezed to create cakes, beverages, and very original chocolate bars. You may try the best “raw cocoa” from Mexico, taste a bar of chocolate and cardamom or attend a tasting, this artisanal place for the chocolate in Colonia Juárez will transport you to the fields of Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Tabasco, showing you all marvels that can be made from a very special cob, which is the cocoa.
- Calle Dinamarca 47, Juárez.
3. Qué Bo
Qué Bo is the only chocolate store in Mexico that is considered one of the best in the world according to “Le Guide de Croqueurs de Chocolat”, The guide of chocolate tasters. In all branches, you will find very exotic chocolates, bonbons, and desserts which represent the evolution of the use of cocoa in Mexico. All products from QuéBo extol the characteristic flavor of chocolate and you will be amazed by the original combinations of chocolate and mole, worm salt, hibiscus, pan de muerto or café de olla.
- Cuauhtémoc 180, Coyoacán.
The Museum of Chocolate, Chocolate world or MUCHO is the only place in Mexico in which apar from tasting and buy products from cocoa, you can get a didactic experience and get to know the history of chocolate. In this hidden place in Colonia Juarez, you will learn all about pre-Hispanic uses of cocoa and you will know the most important growers of this plant worldwide, you will enter a room with the walls covered by tablets of chocolate and you will be able to drink traditional xocolatl in Fonda Cacao.
- Calle Milán 45, Juárez.
5. Le Caméléon
In Le Caméléon, Mexican raw materials are used along with Belgian techniques to create bonbons, jams, and snacks that evoke memories and allow the discovery of cultures. The chocolate products of this place in Polanco are completely artisanal and prepared with no meal preservatives. You can be part of the tasting club and fusion or simply you can attend once in a while and enjoy chocolate and hibiscus bars, chipotle, chai or grasshoppers.
- Alejandro Dumas 125, Polanco.
Now that you know that chocolate is eatable happiness, take advantage of the healing properties and health benefits that cocoa offers and get adventurous in visiting some of these sweet and chocolatey places.