Guatemala Chocolate Licor Marrón Chocolate. See You In Guatemala For Chocolate At Licor Marrón Chocolate Factory and Tours.
For those of you interested, yes, Guatemala does produce cocoa used for the production of Guatemalan chocolate. In 2006, Guatemala’s Ministry of Agriculture, promoted the support of 170 cocoa producers for the initial development of 230 hectares of cocoa plantations seeking to generate employment, improve livelihood and at the same time foster the conservation of the natural wonders of the area.
However, the cropping and processing techniques, as well as the market placement of the product has hindered the maximum advantage to this productive alternative. This is why we are writing this article to talk about where you can find Authentic Guatemalan Chocolate. I mean chocolate made by local producers not the big companies.
One such big company is called The Chocolate Museum or Choco Museo which is located in Antigua and now in Panajachel Guatemala. And many other Central American countries mostly located in the tourist hubs of countries like Granada, Cusco and Cartagena.
This is not a museum this is kind of like Starbucks for chocolate, you can come in and make chocolate in one of the chocolate workshops of classes they offer. Then you can purchase a wide variety of chocolate products they produce, not sure where they are produced I assume some large plant.
You may be surprise to know that Guatemala is considered the birthplace of chocolate, with the Mayans worshiping the cacao tree and calling chocolate the “food of the gods.” This ancient civilization also revered chocolate for its aphrodisiac qualities, with Moctezuma apparently consuming absurd amounts of the food to enhance his sexual stamina.
Guatemala Chocolate Licor Marrón Chocolate
If you would like to read more see this article from Epicure in Antigua, I would suggest any traveler landing in Antigua check out Epicure not only for chocolate, the food is off the charts.
Guatemala Chocolate Licor Marrón Chocolate, now I want to take our readers to a authentic chocolate factory in the village of San Juan La Laguna Lake Atitlan Guatemala. Licor Marrón Chocolate is a family run chocolate shop that specializes in producing traditionally hand made organic chocolate that is sure to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth. We have a small family owned business having to compete with a big company like Chocolate Museum or Choco Museo.
Why do I care or why should you care? Big companies may employ a few local Guatemalan’s, they offer a draw for tourists, however they are putting family owned business such as Licor Marrón Chocolate at risk of extinction. Tourists come to Guatemala for the Mayan Culture and experience. Not a fake Chocolate Museum or Choco Museo.
Guatemala Chocolate Licor Marrón Chocolate
I have been to the Chocolate Museum or Choco Museo in Antigua and Granada. Like I said it is the Starbucks of chocolate. Yesterday while visiting San Juan La Laguna we were lucky enough to be given a tour of Licor Marrón Chocolate and it was one of the tastiest chocolate days we have had in a long time.
As we entered Licor Marrón Chocolate the wonderful aroma of chocolate filled the air, it was absolutely intoxicating. The front room of the factory is filled with display cases of chocolate infused with herbs, nuts, and unique flavor combinations. For a truly indulgent twist, they sell liquor-infused chocolate.
In the back room, you can take a seat and watch a demonstration that explains the fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans. After drying, the cocoa beans are roasted in small batches at Licor Marrón Chocolate. The thin shell is then cracked and the bean is removed. The beans are then stone-ground by hand and mixed with a few simple ingredients of sugar cane molasses, herbs, nuts, and fruit to created an incredible delight for your taste buds.
We met the owners, I think the business is made up of 6 local family members. This is an amazing experience of learning and talking about the real history of Guatemala chocolate. Great demonstration, they are now offering workshops to learn how to make chocolate.
The part that sold us 1000% was after meeting and talking with everyone, we mentioned that a member of our family was ill and we had plans to head back to the U.S. Without a word spoken, one of the ladies went to a shelf pulled off a chocolate bar and said “Take this as a gift from us for free for your family member that is ill.”