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MesoamericanMesoamerican Chocolate Elixirs

Our Mesoamerican elixirs are representative of the original culinary uses of chocolate. Over a thousand years ago, the pre-Colombian cultures (the Olmecs, Toltecs, and later the Mayans & Aztecs) discovered that by grinding together cacao beans with spices, chilis, and herbs they could create a paste or wafer that, when dissolved in water, created a potent and powerful drink. For this reason, chocolate was typically consumed as a drink, rather than eaten. Over time, the chocolate elixir came to be seen as a sacred and powerful beverage, and was taken only by the elite.

Kakawa’s Mesoamerican chocolate drinks are based upon archeological research as well as the written accounts of Spanish conquistadors and colonists. Generally, they are only lightly sweetened, and most of them include spicy chili and a dense mixture of spices and herbs.

These drinks are intensely dark, powerful, and complex and are unlike any chocolate most people have ever encountered. Truly for the adventurous palate!

Each package makes six 3oz drinks. Cup not included.

Aztec Warrior Elixir

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Aztec Warrior Elixir

Throughout Mesoamerica chocolate was primarily mixed with water and made into a highly spiced aromatic unsweetened drink. It was considered to be sacred and a favorite elixir of the rulers and warriors. Our Aztec Warrior Chocolate Elixir has a deep complex flavor due to the high number of spices and herbs which compliment the subtle qualities of the bitter chocolate. 100% Chocolate, Herbs, Flowers, Nuts, Spices, Pasilla de Oaxaca Chili and Mexican Vanilla. Completely UNSWEETENED. 

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Chili Elixir

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Chili Elixir

Throughout Mesoamerica the addition of chili to food and drink (including chocolate) was, and still is, culturally popular. The temperature of chilies can be mild - to blisteringly hot. They carry the flavors of sweet, citrus, fresh or dried fruit and range from earthy, tobacco-like, spicy or pungent. Chili Chocolate Elixir is the quintessential example of luscious flavor simplicity. This is bittersweet chocolate highlighted with chili fruit overtones and a slow wonderful burn. 100% Unsweetened Chocolate, Agave Nectar, Ancho Chili and Mexican Vanilla.

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Mayan Full Spice Elixir

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Mayan Full Spice Elixir

Throughout Mesoamerica chocolate was mixed with water, usually unsweetened, and made into a highly spiced, rich and aromatic drink. To make a bittersweet drink the Mayans sometimes flavored it with agave syrup or honey. Historically an extensive amount of various spices were mixed with the chocolate in many different combinations. Mayan Full Spice Elixir is representative of such a drink. These deep complex flavors blossom on the palate, excite the taste buds, and linger in the finish. Unsweetened 100% Chocolate, Coconut Sugar, Herbs, Flowers, Nuts, Spices, Chihuacle Negro Chili and Mexican Vanilla.

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Rose Almond Elixir

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Rose Almond Elixir

Traditional Mesoamerican ingredients like the sapote tree seeds and popcorn flower (known to the Aztecs as izquixochitl) imparted flavors similar to bitter almonds and roses respectively. Rose Almond Chocolate Elixir flourishes on the palette with a smoky roasted nut flavor and is accented by floral overtones surprised by a big bite of chili. Unsweetened 100% Chocolate, Cocnut Sugar, Almonds, Roses, Chipotle Morita Chili and Mexican Vanilla.

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Zapoteca Elixir

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Zapoteca Elixir

This classic Zapoteca drink is representative of the rich, unspiced and bittersweet elixir created by the people throughout Mesoamerica. Unsweetened 100% Chocolate, Coconut Sugar, Cocoa Nibs.

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