Oaxaca Artisanal Chocolate Experience
Learn the history of the famous “Oaxaca Chocolate”, in this immersive workshop and tasting
|Your centrally located Oaxaca City hotel (you tell us your hotel after you reserve)
|Your centrally located Oaxaca City hotel
|Up to 6 hours (+/-)
|Low – this experience involves moderate cycling and movement
|Moderate – a good balance of cultural interactions, and engaging with local chocolate-making families
|7+ (under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian/parent)
|Private – Max 6 people per booking
Itinerary for making your own Oaxaca Chocolate
Immerse yourself in a sensory journey that connects you to the ancestral roots of Oaxaca, Mexico, where chocolate is not just a treat but a pivotal element of the region’s rich heritage. In this indulgent tour, you’ll explore the integral role chocolate has played in Mesoamerican culture and civilizations, embodying more than just a culinary delight but a profound cultural symbol.
Upon arrival at our chocolate workshop, you are greeted by the warm, enticing aroma of cacao that permeates the air, setting the stage for an unforgettable experience. As you navigate through the fascinating history of cacao, you’ll delve into its Mesoamerican origins and how it spread globally. You’ll discover the revered status of cacao throughout the centuries, understanding its significant influence on various cultures and gastronomies.
The adventure then takes a hands-on turn as you engage in the chocolate-making process. Equipped with traditional kitchen utensils and raw cacao beans, you’ll start by toasting the beans, unlocking their rich aroma and deep flavors. Experience the thrill of transformation as the beans turn into a dark, crunchy delight.
Next, you’ll peel and shell the cacao beans, carefully extracting the cacao nibs – the heart of our delicious creation. The tactile experience of feeling the smooth nibs and their bitter taste full of potential is truly mesmerizing. The journey continues with grinding the cacao nibs. Using a unique tool designed by cacao masters Areli and Edigardo, you’ll grind the nibs into a thick, smooth paste, releasing the natural oils essential for your chocolate’s texture and flavor.
Our expert chocolatiers will guide you in adding optional ingredients like sugar, cinnamon, or other spices, allowing you to personalize your chocolate. Then, pour your mixture into molds, shaping it and eagerly anticipating its solidification.
While your chocolate sets, enjoy a tasting session of various chocolates prepared at our chocolatería. Experience an array of flavors and textures, from creamy milk chocolate to intense dark chocolate with fruity and spicy notes.
The experience culminates in learning how to prepare an authentic hot chocolate drink. Following a traditional recipe, you’ll blend chocolate with aromatic ingredients to create a comforting and flavor-rich cup, the perfect conclusion to your chocolate immersion.
The moment you’ve been waiting for arrives as you pack your personalized chocolate creations, ready to share with loved ones or savor yourself, knowing you’ve mastered the art of chocolate making.
To complete this delightful experience, we’ll enjoy a traditional Oaxacan meal, allowing you to further indulge in the local flavors before heading back to the city center, where we part ways. This chocolate workshop offers an exciting journey from the origins of cacao to the creation of your own chocolate, leaving you with a memorable experience and a newfound appreciation for the wonderful world of chocolate.
For anyone who likes to eat, and appreciates good food and beautiful cultures – we know you will leave satisfied on all fronts with this special artisanal experience!
Please note: There is not a Dress Code! You will be visiting some food vendors who are a bit more traditional, so dressing respectfully is appreciated. You don’t need to dress to impress – you will be getting your hands dirty (literally). It is recommended just to bring modest, comfortable clothes, and that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty (food spillage happens to the best of us). A more detailed list of suggested clothing attire can be found below.
What to bring to the Oaxaca Artisanal Chocolate Experience?
Though this could vary seasonally, this is the basic list of what we suggest you bring with you. Keep in mind that your transport is private and secure, so you can leave some items in the vehicle when not needed:
– Jeans or long pants (this is most customary in Mexico, though shorts/dress are fine if you are most comfortable in that).
– Sneakers/comfortable shoes.
– Umbrella (for the rainy season, May-Nov)
– Covid Mask.
– Cash or credit card. The chocolate producers do accept credit cards if you want to buy any chocolate after your experience. There is no pressure to buy anything. Unlike other tour companies, the producers we work with will always get paid fairly for their time, regardless if you buy additional food or not.
What is included with the Oaxaca Chocolate Experience?
Your ancestral experience includes:
– information provided before your experience to educate you and properly prepare you
– a specially trained and licensed English-speaking guide who will facilitate your experience
– translations and demonstrations with the local chocolate producers
– chocolate tastings, and chocolate bars (made by you) to bring home
– tlayudas and agua del dia (Alcoholic beverages are not included with the meals)
What is not included when on your Oaxaca Chocolate Experience?
– Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
– International flights
– Transportation (outside of itinerary)
– Accommodation in Oaxaca
– Alcoholic beverages
– Gratuities and tips
– Spending money if you wish to purchase additional chocolate, souvenirs, or items.
Supporting Local Projects with our TRiP Foundation
For every TRiP that you go on with WSE Travel, we will donate 2% to an environmental or community-based project in the country you’re visiting. We want to ensure that every guest we help, in turn, supports and preserves the destination we’re experiencing together as a direct result. We live by an ethos of Travel Responsibly & Impact Positively (TRIP).
For more information on the projects supported by this experience, please visit our Mexico TRIP projects.
Cancellations & Rebooking
All tours, services, and experiences booked through WSE Travel are bound to our Terms and Conditions, which were modeled after most other travel services such as flights, hotels, and other tour operators.
Should you need to cancel or change your reservation for any reason (including but not limited to missed flights, illness, or change of mind), you will still be bound to the terms and conditions agreed to at the time of booking.
Should you give us more than 14 days’ notice of a change in your reservation, we can store your payment in the ‘safety deposit box’, to be used for a future travel date, either by you or transferred to a friend or family member. Refunds are not available unless your reservation is canceled by WSE Travel for circumstances outside of our control.
Should you give us less than 14 days notice of a change in your reservation, a rebooking fee will be imposed. We do try to be flexible for our guests, but not at the sacrifice of the livelihoods of all locals hired for your private experiences. As these are private experiences, your guide and any other local service provider block their days off from other work to accommodate your reservation. They may not be able to fill that day again in the event of cancellation.
To be fair and responsible to them and their reliance on your reservation’s promised work, your guide will still be paid for your reservation. As such, last-minute cancellations or changes within 2 weeks of departure will be subject to a rebooking fee of the online deposit, to re-hire a guide for your future travel date.
This flexibility is a bend in our Terms and Conditions to try to be fair both to our guests, as well as the locals hired to facilitate your reservation. If you feel there is a high chance of cancellations or changes, please make sure you buy appropriate travel insurance that will reimburse you for cancellations of things such as flights, hotels, and tours.