Seaside Chocolate Workshop & Wine Pairing: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine
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Approximately 2½ Hours
When you think of chocolate, you might not think of Cozumel, an island off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. But this rich, velvety treat is woven into the culinary heritage of Mexico. According to history, chocolate was born in Guatemala, where the ancient Mayans worshipped it and called it the "food of the gods." When the Mayans migrated to Mexico, they brought cacao with them. At one point, cacao beans were even used as currency.
From the pier, it's a short ride to a charming venue overlooking the sparkling Caribbean Sea, where you’ll indulge in everything chocolate. In Mexico, most people still drink their chocolate, just as their forefathers did. Relax with a refreshing chocolate beverage as your host tells of the Mayans' and Aztecs' affinity for this elixir that begins as a tiny blossom on a small tree. You’ll discover exactly how chocolate gets from the tree to your glass, mug or dessert plate. Then, you’ll follow some simple steps, grinding traditional ingredients to create your very own bar of chocolate.
You’ll also get to taste chocolate in a variety of sweet items, including a delicious taco topped with a savory mole sauce -- a rich mixture of chilies, spices and chocolate that dates back to the early 1800s. Because chocolate can be sweet or savory, your host will also share its relationship with wine and allow you to sample the perfect chocolate and wine pairing.
Guests who wish to stay in town to shop or explore independently are welcome to do so, but must make their own way back to the ship.
Minimum age is 8 years. Participants must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol. Waiver must be signed and medical conditions disclosed.