ki’XOCOLATL Authentic Mexican Chocolate

Many who have read my 2016 Top 10 Chocolate Shops list in National Geographic Traveler mentioned how they hadn’t heard of several of the entries I included. That’s great! It’s my job to introduce you to the world of chocolate and seek out the most innovative and creative chocolate makers and chocolatiers. One of the entries on that list is ki’XOCOLATL Authentic Mexican Chocolate located in the city of Mérida, in the Yucatan region of Mexico.

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Stephanie Verbrugge, one of the partners at ki’Xocolatl, was happy to take us through a tasting of ki’Xocolatl’s unique blend of flavours. In addition to the bars, I loved the cocoa dusted cocoa nibs that come in a decorative tin.

I introduced you to the highlights of my Mérida visit in this post. But my primary reason for visiting the city was not for sightseeing, but rather to explore both the ki’XOCOLATL chocolate factory, as well as one of its retail locations. I was pleased with both. All ki’XOCOLATL chocolate products are made with organic low-temperature roasted Criollo cacao grown primarily in the Tabasco and Chiapas regions of Mexico. All flavour additives are local and organic other than the cane sugar, which is not organic.

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I enjoyed the Mayan art at ki’XOCOLATL almost as much as the chocolate!

The name “ki’XOCOLATL” is Mayan for delicious chocolate and a tribute to the Mayan culture’s love of cacao. The company produces 10 different flavours of bars, and 90 different flavours of chocolate products. Ever tried chocolate shampoo? ki’XOCOLATL makes that from pure cocoa butter, aloe vera, coconut, and honey. They also make chocolate soap and other personal products as part of their “xocotherapy” line.

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The ki’XOCOLATL chocolate shop in Santa Lucia Park in downtown Merida is a great place to enjoy a chocolate treat inside or outdoors at these comfortable tables adjacent to the stage where you might catch an outdoor performance or activity.

The ki’XOCOLATL chocolate factory is located in a secured property on the west side of Mérida. It is generally not open to the public. There are three retail locations where you can shop and sample the ki’XOCOLATL edible and topical cocoa products as well as enjoy café creations made with ki’XOCOLATL cocoa such as the amazing hot chocolate. It may just be the best I’ve ever had!

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The Traditional Mexican Hot Chocolate made at ki’Xocolatl with organic chocolate paste, natural cinnamon, and cane sugar. You can have it whitened and whipped with milk or water, I chose the whole milk, and the result was a creamy delicious elixir that was not too sweet and not too heavy. Pure perfection!

I really loved the ki’XOCOLATL chocolate as it is made with great pride, and an intent to keep the flavours as authentically Mexican as possible, while being creative in the flavour blends. My favourite bar is the 72% dark Criollo chocolate bar made with Lima Lime from Campeche and almonds. ki’XOCOLATL chocolate bars have a shelf life of one to two years and are packed first in a foil envelope and then in a colourful cardboard sleeve, so they travel well and make an excellent gift or souvenir from your chocolate travels to the Yucatan. Enjoy!

Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I'm currently researching and writing volume II of "Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate". Volume I was published in September, 2013.

46 Responses

  1. This place looks beautiful. It looks like you were having a great time. When we were in Mexico, I don’t even think we tried any chocolate. So sad. One question: did you bring home chocolate as a souvenir?
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  2. Ken Dowell says:

    I have in fact tried both chocolate shampoo and chocolate soap when I stayed in the Hershey, Pa., hotel. I have to say that when it comes to cleansing products I prefer the more conventional variety. When it comes to chocolate, however, ki’XOCOLATL sounds awesome.
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    • Doreen says:

      You’re one up on me, Ken. I’ve not yet stayed at the Hershey Rerort & Spa, although it is on my list! How did you like it?

      And I agree with you about the chocolate shampoos. They certainly smell divine, but I have not found them to clean quite as well as others. I do believe in the restorative powers of cacao, however, and am confident that the cocoa-based products are good for our skin and our hair.
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      • Ken Dowell says:

        The Hershey Resort and Spa is pretty nice and there are a couple of good restaurants. There’s also some chocolate making experiences that I ended up liking more than I expected. I had made the trip for my son’s benefit because of the amusement park.

        • Thx for the update, Ken. I hope to get there this fall. I’m not into the amusement part of it, but the spa and culinary aspect coupled with the history of the company will make it an important stop along my US Chocolatour. Cheers!

  3. Beverly says:

    I would love to sit at an outdoor table at the shop located in downtown Merida and enjoy a cup of creamy, steamy hot chocolate!

  4. Janie Law says:

    Thank goodness for your adventurous heart. You give us chocolate lovers a reason to take our taste buds abroad.

  5. Janie Law says:

    Yes; I would be interested in joining other chocolate lovers in a tour. Please keep me posted as to your next group adventure.

  6. Kate Savory says:

    Ahh…my favorite too! Especially the dark chocolate with organic coffee from Oaxaca. And I can get them here in Ajijic on Lake Chapala (also at the Guadalajara airport). Thanks for sharing their headquarters, Doreen—Merida is on my list to visit this winter!

  7. Doreen — you get to visit the most beautiful places, and the Mexican hot chocolate sounds delicious. I don’t remember (or maybe didn’t know) that you wrote about the best 10 chocolates for National Geographic. Quite an honor for you to be highlighted in that great travel magazine.

    • Hi Jeannette and thx for your comment. It was indeed an honour to be asked by National Geographic to write a post highlighting my choices for the 10 best chocolate shops. Keep in mind that that story was highlighting the experience of what you’d find in the shop (or in the case of Cicada, what you’d find in the market) and not just the act of tasting a chocolate. Which in itself can indeed be divine. But sometimes we want a little more …

  8. Every time I read one of your beautiful pieces on the chocolate of Mexico I can’t help but flash back over the dozens of times we visited the country and had no clue about the connection to chocolate. My ex-husband would have been in heaven since he absolutely loved the stuff! Beautiful photos and you look like you are having a great time!
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  9. Erica says:

    Thanks for sharing a bit about ki’XOCOLATL chocolate. Is the Lima Lime actually lime flavored? That would be interesting as I’ve never had lime flavored chocolate before. I’m a big fan of dark chocolate so that would be good too.
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  10. Jeri says:

    Thanks for the introduction to ki’XOCOLATL chocolate. There are so many choices in chocolate to explore. It’s hard to know where to start, but you’re a great guide in that process.
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  11. Phoenicia says:

    90 different chocolate flavoured products – really?

    I am fast becoming a chocolate connoisseur – chocolate and chilli, chocolate and orange, chocolate and ginger, chocolate and beetroot………..

    I always enjoying reading your chocolate tales.
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    • Hello Phoenicia. I think the “90 chocolate products” includes the chocolate toiletries as well. Congrats on expanding your chocolate tastings to include some adventurous pairings. It makes the world of chocolate a whole lot more fun!

  12. Oh my, even your cup looks really tempting and based from how you describe it, it looks like they can really offer the best cocoa and/or chocolates ever. I don’t mind not being open to the public but I hope they can market themselves to different places (or countries) as well.

  13. Sounds delicious. I like when hot spices are included in dark chocolate. Oh, and throw in a handful of nuts. 🙂
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  14. Mar Pages says:

    I usually go for milk chocolate, but the 72% with lime sounds delicious as an afternoon snack. I never knew chocolate could keep for up to 2 years!
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  15. Another great post, and informational about chocolate. This has been an eye opening experience reading about different types of chocolate from around the world, nice that you have come back to the place of what is considered its origins.

    • Thanks, William. Yes, I had no idea what I’d find when I began investigating Mexican chocolate. Most of what I’d previously had had been flat and grainy. But I’ve now discovered a whole world of fabulous Mexican chocolate options that I’m happy to share with all. That’s the thing about chocolate. It’s everywhere. You just have to know where to look to find the good stuff.
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  16. Kevin Wagar says:

    Sounds delicious! Definitely something to try when for the next time I’m in Mexico!

  17. Wow, looks like an amazing place! Have fun, Doreen

  18. Susan Cooper says:

    Hi Doreen, Wow, what an impressive article in National Geographic. Loved it! I was just thinking, wouldn’t gift baskets with different chocolate items from your Top 10 Chocolate Shops around the world be outstanding? I wish I could buy one. 🙂

    • Hi Susan and thanks for the great idea! This is a golden nugget that I will file away for the future. You are brilliant at marketing. And … you have great taste! Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by.

  19. Vyjay says:

    I am fascinated by the Mayan Culture and somehow these chocolates seem to exude the flavour of the Mayan heritage. I am sure they taste lovely and exotic.
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  20. Pat says:

    Congrats on your National Geographic feature. Great article. You go girl!

  21. Jessica says:

    The 72% dark Criollo chocolate bar made with Lima Lime from Campeche and almonds sounds interesting, Doreen. Would love to taste it too! 🙂
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    • Hi Jessica. I hope you’ve had the opportunity to try some ki’XOCOLATL chocolate. If not, I will be giving some away to anyone who books the Chocolatour of the Hawaiian Islands that I am hosting during Valentine Week, 2018. All the companies on my Top 10 Chocolate Shops list have been asked to donate some of their chocolate. See the Tours & Events page on my site for details.

  22. Cameron says:

    Desperate to get some of this in the states. Stopped by this shop in October (with about 15 friends) as I always hunt down the premier chocolatier wherever I travel. Brought back half a dozen of their bars and a bag of cooking chocolate–their cookies, fresh out of the oven are indescribably delicious. I am on my last baron the dark chocolate with coffee beans from Oaxaca. I guess I’ll have to return to Merida if I want to restock!

    • Hello Cameron and welcome to Chocolatour! If you search for good chocolate wherever you travel, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve personally researched dozens of countries and locations where I have found great chocolate and have interviewed hundreds of fantastic chocolate makers and chocolatiers. Please subscribe to the site and you will find other chocolate makers that may meet the mark of ki’Xocolatl with you. Cheers!
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