DiegosChocolate

Hand-crafted Mayan Chocolate Made in Guatemala

Asbury Park, New Jersey · 268 Sales

DiegosChocolate

Hand-crafted Mayan Chocolate Made in Guatemala

Asbury Park, New Jersey 268 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars
(36)

Announcement   Save on shipping with flat rate - We can ship up to 12 chocolates in a Small USPS Flat Rate Priority box. Or, take advantage of FREE SHIPPING with our 8-pack special.

Flavors in stock: Puro, Sea Salt, Cardamom, Spicy (with milk)

Read about us in the Financial Times:
https://www.ft.com/content/baf0ec3c-5d8b-11e6-bb77-a121aa8abd95

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 12, 2018

Save on shipping with flat rate - We can ship up to 12 chocolates in a Small USPS Flat Rate Priority box. Or, take advantage of FREE SHIPPING with our 8-pack special.

Flavors in stock: Puro, Sea Salt, Cardamom, Spicy (with milk)

Read about us in the Financial Times:
https://www.ft.com/content/baf0ec3c-5d8b-11e6-bb77-a121aa8abd95

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(36)
peequod

peequod on Jan 23, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

The product arrived promptly, nice packaging, good value. I got a sample pack of dark, cardamom, sea salt.

mmmelendres

mmmelendres on Jan 31, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

The chocolates arrived quickly. Would highly recommend.

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About

The Story of Diego's Chocolate

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.

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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.

  • Angelica

    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 February 9, 2015
We aim to provide a unique chocolate experience--a chocolate bar made in the traditional Guatemalan style, using beans from the same country where the bar is produced. This geographic proximity means we can deliver the freshest chocolate possible, the beans having traveled only a few hours instead of across oceans. We think our chocolate has the most intense cacao flavor, and it's about the closest you can get to the cacao bean itself--all of our bars are made with the whole, fire-roasted beans, along with lots of love and care. We hope you enjoy it, too!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
  • Check
Returns and exchanges
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
All 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 First Class (with tracking numbers, of course!). If you order a 5 or 6-bar set of any flavor, we will mail USPS Priority. Because we know how hard it is to wait for chocolate, our processing time is 1-3 business days.

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 at room temperature in an air-tight container, and eaten within three months of purchase; it's still quite good six months in. After that, you will notice that the bar starts to harden. But really, the chances of your chocolate remaining uneaten that long are slim-to-none!