DiegosChocolate

From Cacao Bean to Dark Chocolate; Made in Guatemala

Brielle, New Jersey
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Announcement    Tz'utujil-Mayan owned family chocolate making since 1990. BEST KEPT FROZEN (see below).

Since the pandemic, 100% of USA profits are going to support food aid for neighbors in San Juan & San Pedro la Laguna, Guatemala.

Summer Shipping: We will include free frozen gel packs and insulated envelopes. Please watch tracking so that the chocolate doesn't stay in your mailbox, if possible. Even if the temperature does rise too much around the chocolates, they will not melt. They may be very soft. Putting them in the fridge will help regain it's soft, yet chewy texture. Heat may damage the packaging but the chocolate will be fine.

We are proud to be a long-standing chocolate company amongst the growing number AT ORIGIN - meaning we make our chocolate where the cacao trees grow.

This keeps income in-country (Guatemala) and reduces the chocolate's carbon footprint significantly.

Shelf Life: You can keep our chocolates in the freezer using the resealable bag you receive them in. They will keep for 2 years in the freezer. At room temperature, the chocolates will start to harden in 3-4 weeks.

Our chocolates make very unique dinner party offerings, hostess and business gifts, party favors, and more...

8 Flavors in Stock
Puro (vegan - 80% cacao)
Orange (vegan - 80%)
Basil (vegan - 80%)
Sea Salt - 75%
Almond - 75%
Leche (Dark Milk - 75%)
Cinnamon - 75%
Cacao Nib - 75%

If you'd like to book us for an online fundraiser, chocolate education or tasting event, please email choco {at} diegoschocolate {dot} com.

We are overjoyed that we've gained so many new fans lately. Your response has been incredible. Thank you deeply from us all.

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BEST KEPT FROZEN

If you enjoy your chocolate within 1 month of purchase, please disregard. For longer storage, please continue.

Because our chocolate is made with whole beans and without tempering, preservatives or emulsifiers, we are able to achieve a soft, ganache-like texture unlike any other chocolate creation. Our chocolate is more of a food than shelf-stable sweet.

This also means our chocolates should be eaten fresh--or stored in a plastic bag in the FREEZER.

But really, the chances of your chocolate remaining uneaten that long are slim-to-none!

Stock up on dark chocolate and support Tz'utujil-Mayan cacao farmers + chocolate makers in Guatemala!

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All products are made from Guatemalan ingredients; produced and packaged in San Pedro la Laguna and shipped to you from New Jersey.

Check out the episode about us on HouseSmarts TV with Lou Manfredini!

https://housesmartstv.com/videos/restoring-communities/

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Additional Press:

Read about us in the Financial Times:
A Chocolate Odyssey in Guatemala & Mexico - Akhil Sharma - 8/12/2016
https://www.ft.com/content/baf0ec3c-5d8b-11e6-bb77-a121aa8abd95

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 25, 2022

Tz'utujil-Mayan owned family chocolate making since 1990. BEST KEPT FROZEN (see below).

Since the pandemic, 100% of USA profits are going to support food aid for neighbors in San Juan & San Pedro la Laguna, Guatemala.

Summer Shipping: We will include free frozen gel packs and insulated envelopes. Please watch tracking so that the chocolate doesn't stay in your mailbox, if possible. Even if the temperature does rise too much around the chocolates, they will not melt. They may be very soft. Putting them in the fridge will help regain it's soft, yet chewy texture. Heat may damage the packaging but the chocolate will be fine.

We are proud to be a long-standing chocolate company amongst the growing number AT ORIGIN - meaning we make our chocolate where the cacao trees grow.

This keeps income in-country (Guatemala) and reduces the chocolate's carbon footprint significantly.

Shelf Life: You can keep our chocolates in the freezer using the resealable bag you receive them in. They will keep for 2 years in the freezer. At room temperature, the chocolates will start to harden in 3-4 weeks.

Our chocolates make very unique dinner party offerings, hostess and business gifts, party favors, and more...

8 Flavors in Stock
Puro (vegan - 80% cacao)
Orange (vegan - 80%)
Basil (vegan - 80%)
Sea Salt - 75%
Almond - 75%
Leche (Dark Milk - 75%)
Cinnamon - 75%
Cacao Nib - 75%

If you'd like to book us for an online fundraiser, chocolate education or tasting event, please email choco {at} diegoschocolate {dot} com.

We are overjoyed that we've gained so many new fans lately. Your response has been incredible. Thank you deeply from us all.

*************************
BEST KEPT FROZEN

If you enjoy your chocolate within 1 month of purchase, please disregard. For longer storage, please continue.

Because our chocolate is made with whole beans and without tempering, preservatives or emulsifiers, we are able to achieve a soft, ganache-like texture unlike any other chocolate creation. Our chocolate is more of a food than shelf-stable sweet.

This also means our chocolates should be eaten fresh--or stored in a plastic bag in the FREEZER.

But really, the chances of your chocolate remaining uneaten that long are slim-to-none!

Stock up on dark chocolate and support Tz'utujil-Mayan cacao farmers + chocolate makers in Guatemala!

***********************
All products are made from Guatemalan ingredients; produced and packaged in San Pedro la Laguna and shipped to you from New Jersey.

Check out the episode about us on HouseSmarts TV with Lou Manfredini!

https://housesmartstv.com/videos/restoring-communities/

**********************
Additional Press:

Read about us in the Financial Times:
A Chocolate Odyssey in Guatemala & Mexico - Akhil Sharma - 8/12/2016
https://www.ft.com/content/baf0ec3c-5d8b-11e6-bb77-a121aa8abd95

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About DiegosChocolate

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Generations of Making Mayan Chocolate In Guatemala

Here's a video of Diego talking about his chocolate and the social mission behind his company:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnODimrs0Jc

Chocolate is a part of my culture. My family is from the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala, amidst the beautiful volcanoes in the Western Highlands. The Mayan people we are descended from were the first ones to integrate chocolate into their diets, and many families still prepare hot chocolate in the traditional way on special occasions.

My grandmother taught me how to roast the cacao beans over a wood fire and grind them into an intense chocolate product. It wasn't until after years of preparing drinking chocolate that it occurred to me that this base could be adapted for eating chocolate, too! I experimented with various ingredients, amounts, and preparations until I came upon the simplest, most natural, most ecological, and--most importantly!--tastiest way to prepare chocolate bars using traditional Mayan techniques in small batches.

Chocolate-making is now my full-time job, as well as the jobs of many of my family and neighbors. I've carefully sourced all of my chocolate beans from small-scale growers in Guatemala who do not use pesticides or unfair labor practices. In fact, I use almost exclusively ingredients from Guatemala, and my chocolate is one of the only chocolate products in the world to be produced in the same country where the cacao beans are grown. Visitors to Guatemala know my chocolate well, as it's sold in most well-trod destinations. But now, for the first time ever, Diego's Chocolate is available outside of my home country!

I hope you enjoy my chocolate, which is a truly unique experience, influenced by my personal history, location, and culture.

We are happy to be working with GlobeWright, an organization that works with ADMAT women weavers' cooperative, also at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. You can check that shop out at www.etsy.com/shop/mayanweavers.

Shop members

  • Diego

    Owner

    I started my this business because of my love for the cacao bean and a desire to create more jobs in my village. While I help in all aspects of production, I do all the cooking of the beans and mixing of the flavors to make sure each bar is perfect.

  • Julio

    Chocolate Preparation

    I am Diego's oldest son and help with all aspects of chocolate making, though I specialize in the preparation of each bar and quality control. I'm also provide comic relief for the group with my many jokes :)

  • Josefa

    Packaging

    I help with the hand-coloring of each label and also the wrapping/packaging of each bar.

  • Pablo

    Chocolate Preparation

    A long-time friend of Diego's family, I help with many parts of the process though my speciality is in the preparation of each bar to ensure consistency and quality.

  • Julia

    Packaging

    I help with the hand-coloring of each label and also the wrapping/packaging of each bar.

  • Karina

    Packaging

    I help with the hand-coloring of each label and also the wrapping/packaging of each bar.

  • Carlos

    Packaging

    I help with the hand-coloring of each label and also the wrapping/packaging of every bar.

  • Pablo

    Packaging

    I am another son of Diego's. I help with the hand-coloring of each label and also the wrapping/packaging of each bar.

  • Nicholas

    Photography, Shipping, Chocolate Making

    I assist with the chocolate making, packaging, and distribution. I also maintain the online presence of Diego's Chocolate.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 30, 2022
We make premium dark chocolate in Guatemala using a secret recipe developed by Diego. Our goals are to bring delicious chocolate to consumers looking for something new and unique, as well as providing well-paying chocolate making jobs.

We at Diego's Chocolate also buy cacao DIRECTLY from our farmer partners, allowing us to pay them even higher than fair-trade minimums. Our labels are hand colored and our chocolate is extremely labor-intensive. This helps us maintain and expand our number of employees, providing much needed work to young adults in our community.

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
Generally, we do not permit refunds for our products. However, if there is any problem with your shipment, please contact us before leaving a review to allow us to work out a solution!
Payment
We accept cancellations within 24 hours of order placement.
Shipping
During warm months, we ship with insulated packaging and frozen gel packs at NO EXTRA COST!

Our chocolates are made in Guatemala, but they ship to you from the USA. That way, you don't have to wait too long for your chocolate.

We ship to the US via USPS Priority (with tracking numbers, of course!).

Please convo us for shipping information outside the US!
Additional policies and FAQs
Because our chocolate is made with whole beans and without complex tempering, preservatives or emulsifiers, we are able to achieve a soft, ganache-like texture unlike any other chocolate bar. However, this also means our chocolate should be eaten fresh--it's best stored frozen for storage over 2 weeks. But really, the chances of your chocolate remaining uneaten that long are slim-to-none!