The story of Ki’Xocolatl is one of passionate chocolate lovers. From its founders to its team-members, you can see it in the sparkle in their eyes, in their excitement when they speak about their craft. Besides being delicious, working with cacao and its derivatives is an artform. It’s impossible not to fall under its spell!
This Yucatecan company started in 2003 producing three chocolate bars, and today – almost 18 years later – Ki’Xocolatl exports its products beyond Mexican borders and all over the world. They also work closely with cacao producers in Tabasco and Chiapas and support the recovery of the almost extinct Criollo cacao bean through cultivations in the Puuc region of Yucatán.
If we talk about some of the company’s most popular products, Stephanie Verbrugge, founder and general manager, tells us that some of the best sellers include the chocolate bars that are packaged in boxes with Maya-inspired motifs and vibrant colors that represent the vitality of México. Nearly 18 years after its founding, Ki’Xocolatl now offers 13 different flavors with ingredients from different Mexican states.
How about a milk chocolate bar with almonds and oregano from Yucatán, or a semi-sweet chocolate bar with lime and almonds from Campeche? Unique flavors made with the finest chocolate. Oh, is sugar off the menu for you? Ki’Xocolatl caters to you too. They have created two sugar-free options, and let me tell you…they are exquisite. My chichí (grandma) will love them.
In addition to these classics, Ki’Xocolatl has a line of bonbons that includes solid figurines, chocolates with different fillings, and seasonal beauties to help celebrate special occasions. Each one is handmade, preservative-free, and tastes like heaven.
My favorites were the chocolate figures. Some are brown and white, but others are painted in a variety of colors. Javier, a chocolatier with eight years of experience, is in charge of bringing them to life. The process of creating these delightful figurines includes “painting with chocolate” which is very similar to oil painting and requires great mastery. In this delicate process, the temperature and drying time are essential factors to achieve delicious and glossy confections.
And remember: with every kilo sold, a bonus is given to the producers! You will be surprised to know that this is just one of the actions that Ki’Xocolatl carries out as part of its sustainability actions, both within the business and in the cacao farms they work with. The success of these efforts is reflected in the company’s membership with Cacao-Trace, a program that looks to guarantee sustainable cacao production in the long-term.
Editorial by Olivia Camarena Cervera
Photography by Olivia Camarena Cervera and Yucatán Today for use in Yucatán Today.
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