The Kaokao Chocolate Factory tour
Cozumel Mexico is home to many unique attractions. But nothing is more unique than a working Mayan Chocolate factory; The Kaokao Chocolate Factory tour.
Let your taste buds celebrate this mouth watering treat and learn about how chocolate is made by actually making your own. And as an extra bonus you will learn the history of chocolate while sampling it from seed to bar. At the end of the tour guests will have an opportunity to buy and bring some back home.
This is no ordinary "Hershey's bar". The quality and process produces the highest quality product. Since the Mayans invented chocolate it is only fitting that this is the very best.
The History of Chocolate:
Mezo America was the birthplace of chocolate some 1,500 years ago. The "Pucc hill country" is best known for its ruins "Uxmal". The rich soil is ideal for growing the "Kaokao" or Cacao seeds. This is the main ingredient in chocolate and the seeds were once used as currency by the Aztec's. The ancient Maya worshiped the Cacao seed. And Cacao is also the Mayan word for "God Food"!
And not surprisingly the Aztec's considered chocolate to be an aphrodisiac.
The Cacao bean was so revered that the Aztec’s Emperor, Montezuma drank it fifty times a day from a golden goblet. He was quoted as saying of “Xocolatl” (as it was referred to): “The divine drink, which builds up resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drink permits a man to walk for a whole day without food”.
How Chocolate is made:
The process is actually simple but effective. Cacao beans are placed in a "vessel" and heated. The coco butter rises to the top.
Once the coco butter was extracted the seeds were dried and crushed for their pulp. This was mixed with sugar or honey so that it was not bitter to the taste. The seeds were then crushed and fermented to make a powerful liquor.
Coco butter was used by women to rub on their faces or belly's when pregnant. The men used them as antiseptics and mixed it with Aloe Vera.
If you are ready to indulge yourself while on your Cozumel vacation, this is a fun and tasty choice! The entry fee for the tour is only $10.00 US and you get a large chocolate bar on top of that. The chocolate that you get along with the history makes that a very good dollar/value!
The Cozumel Chocolate factory is located at:
Calle Proyecto Entre 80 Ave Bis Mza 3, Col. Flores Magón.
We hope that you enjoy your visit to the Chocolate factory and look forward to your arrival on Cozumel!