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If a list of the best Mexican chocolate brands ever — complete with iconic and mouthwatering confections and bars — is what you were looking for, luckily you’ve just found it.
As you might know, chocolate was invented in Mexico, where indigenous peoples would drink it (rather than eat it) from ancient times. The word chocolate itself derives from Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs.
So I guess it’s pretty uncontroversial to say Mexico is one of the most authoritative sources of top-quality chocolate on Earth. Let’s find out which items you just have to try to see that for yourself!
Popular Mexican Chocolate Brands
One of the most traditional Mexican chocolate brands, Ibarra is famous for so-called “table chocolate”, which is used to make the iconic hot chocolate that Mexicans love.
Ibarra is actually about 30 years older than the factory that currently makes it, Chocolatera de Jalisco. The company, which was established in 1954, hails from the western state of Jalisco, aka the informal capital of Mexican chocolate.
These all-time classics are the go-to chocolate discs of the Mexican-style hot chocolate. While you can eat them raw if you want, their rough texture makes them better suited to be melted instead.
Each disc is made up of eight segments that you can use to measure the amount of chocolate you’ll be adding to your beverage. One disc will typically yield four cups depending on how strong you want your hot chocolate.
If you still want Ibarra’s unique flavor without the trouble of melting a disc first, then this chocolate powder is perfect for you. This is semi-dark chocolate, so you might want to mix in some milk chocolate if you want your beverage to taste sweeter.
Ricolino is one among 100+ brands belonging to Grupo Bimbo, a Mexican giant specializing in baked goods. It’s been Bimbo’s main line of candies and sweets since the 1970s.
The brand is known for making both Bocadín, the most popular wafers in the country, and Bubu Lubu, a classic Mexican chocolate bar filled with strawberry jelly and marshmallow.
Bocadín wafers are what a happy childhood is made of. These chocolate-coated snacks come in a 50-piece package, which is ideal for a large family. They’re not as sweet as similar wafers, though, which is great if you want to avoid binge-eating!
The extra sweetness of the marshmallow and the tang of the strawberry jelly inside Bubu Lubu bars make for an explosive combo that gets simply flawless with the creamy chocolate covering everything. You can’t miss out on these!
I’m positive you’ll get the opposite of cranky when you have one (or a bunch) of these. In fact, these chocolate-covered corn flakes are the best snacks whenever you’re on the go.
Nutresa was established in 1972 and soon became notable for some of the most sought-after chocolate confections nationwide.
In 2009, Nutresa became part of a Colombian conglomerate, but it still makes the chocolates that made it famous in the first place.
When caramel shortcake meets Nutella, you get these fudgy, mouthwatering bars. Cremino tastes as delicious as it looks.
The one catch is that each square is so small you’ll have to eat a few to satisfy your chocolate craving!
Chocolate-stuffed wafer rolls are probably my favorite kind of sweet snack. Muibon takes it up a notch, though, as it’s filled with a hazelnut cream instead. Yummy!
Nucita coins are for the child within you (or your actual child, obvs!). While other chocolate coins are available pretty much anywhere, these have the unusual feature of being patterned after Mexican pesos.
Turin’s brand name isn’t a coincidence: that’s the hometown of its founder, who landed in Mexico in 1928. He soon realized his passion for chocolate making and the high quality of the local cacao were the perfect ingredients to fulfill the dream of a lifetime.
Today, Turin is a Mars division. While that might be disappointing for some of you looking for “authentically” Mexican chocolate brands, it also ensures the international quality standards that the American manufacturer is known for.
Now we’re talking! Chocolate bonbons filled with the fantastic Tequila 1800 need no introduction: they’re better eaten than described! Here we’ll get 20 intoxicating dark chocolate confections.
You might be fond of other 70%-cacao chocolate bars. Still, I doubt any of them taste as good as these. After all, there’s Belgian cacao liqueur among the ingredients.
Folks with dietary restrictions don’t have to fret over the lack of options for them — at least not on this post.
Turin’s zero-sugar chocolate bars have 55% of cacao in their composition. Each package comes with 18 bars.
Granted, Nestlé is as Swiss as it gets. Yet, as a powerful multinational, it often buys classic brands across the globe. This was the case with La Azteca, which used to make a few beloved treats up to the 1990s.
Back then, the company was the country’s leading chocolatier, which made it an irresistible purchase for Nestlé. Check out the best-known chocolates La Azteca handed over to the Swiss colossus:
Carlos V (or Charles V in English) was the most famous Holy Roman Emperor ever. Since these bars are in a league of their own, I’d say they deserve such an imposing name.
The king of Mexican chocolate bars is as straightforward as the best things in life: a simple rectangle of creamy, delicious milk chocolate is guaranteed to make your day.
Alongside Ibarra, Abuelita is among the most popular Mexican hot chocolate brands. Abuelita’s discs are also divided into eight segments to make measuring easier when you’re preparing your cup.
Larín is notable for the nuts mixed into its chocolate bars. These have walnuts in them, but you’ll find almond and hazelnut varieties as well.
The one downside, though, is that apparently they’re available in Mexico only (like most of the listings in the next section, by the way).
Gourmet Mexican Chocolate Brands
6. CACEP Chocolates
CACEP takes pride in its focus on organic chocolate, which does make sense. Based in the southeastern state of Tabasco, the company is deeply connected to the local community and learned a lot from its chocolate-making tradition.
If you ever visit the area, make sure to drop by and visit CACEP’s factory to get a grasp (and a taste!) of their magic.
Amazing as it may sound, these cacao nibs are made of a single ingredient: cacao. Organic, GMO- and sugar-free, they’re the most natural cacao nibs you’ll find on the market, period.
This collection of milk chocolate bars is made of organic cacao too and comes in six flavors for you to enjoy: walnuts, puffed rice, almond, hazelnuts, peanuts, and pure chocolate.
Xiocolat specializes in chocolate-coated berries and nuts, though it also sells liqueurs and chocolate for melting. Their products are free of preservatives and use natural ingredients only.
Unfortunately, it seems that Xiocolat’s delicacies aren’t available outside Mexico. Let me know in the comments if you live anywhere else and managed to order from their website!
In case your diet is lacking in fruit, here’s the solution! The dried blueberries coated in 55%-cacao chocolate are as decadent and tempting as they sound. Definitely worth the purchase!
These chocolate-coated walnuts are sweeter than the blueberries above, but they’re natural and preservative-free as well. Peanuts and chocolate liqueur are used to make for a richer flavor.
Ki’Xocolatl is yet another brand you’ll have a hard time discovering if you’re not in Mexico. That said, it luckily has stores in strategic locations across the country, including Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and Mérida in the Yucatán Peninsula.
The company was created by Belgian expats and prioritizes sustainability as a core value by using only Mexican cacao, protecting the environment of the factory’s surroundings, and paying living wages to its employees.
I picked this lime+almond 75%-cacao bar because it did seem like the most exciting flavor to try among Ki’Xocolatl’s products. But the company does make at least ten other flavors that you should certainly try if you have the chance.
I love chocolate bar collections because they let you try the absolute best a brand has to offer.
In this case, you’ll get two 4-gram minibars of ten different flavors, including macadamia nuts, pink peppercorn, and even almonds+oregano.
Sitting in a 64-acre cacao plantation that provides all the raw material that it needs, Wolter was founded in 1958 by its namesake, German immigrant Otto Wolter.
Originally, Wolter focused on table chocolate and chocolate powder, but it does produce award-winning bars too.
An 80%-cacao chocolate bar (with walnuts mixed in) isn’t for the faint of heart. Yet you shouldn’t fear being disappointed: this bar won a bronze medal in the International Chocolate Awards for Central America.
This table chocolate is another award-winning offer by Wolter. Spice up your next Mexican-style hot chocolate by using a 70%-cacao disc with chili pepper in the mix.
10. Le Caméléon
Le Caméléon boasts three generations’ worth of Belgian expertise within its production line. The company makes gourmet bonbon, bars, chocolate shot glasses, and even skulls (a Day of the Dead tradition).
Le Caméléon’s award-winning bars come in unusual flavors that celebrate Mexican cuisine. That’s the “Mexicanismos” collection, which includes hibiscus, chipotle (i.e. smoke-dried jalapeño), and even grasshoppers from the state of Oaxaca in the ingredients.
I must admit I’m not a fan of white chocolate myself, but I did know I had to include at least one option for all of the white chocolate lovers out there. Let’s at least make sure it’s worth it, though.
This bar, which contains hibiscus, is gourmet enough to be on the same level of awesomeness as the other offers on our list.
400 grams (14.1 oz)’ worth of chocolate never tasted so good as in this beautiful chocolate box by Le Caméléon. Surprise your loved ones with these! For your convenience, you can choose each of the 34 chocolates included in the box.
11. Feliu Chocolate
Feliu is the tiniest brand on our list, which makes it even more interesting. Created by a Spanish expat, it’s headquartered in Guadalajara and sources its cacao from small producers based mostly in southeastern Mexico.
Victor Feliu, the man behind the factory, has been making chocolate between Europe and the Americas since 2014. His stated goal is to help give back to Mexico the status of “homeland of chocolate”.
These chocolate drops are made solely of cacao, sugar, and cocoa butter. Yet the fact that the cacao of each flavor is sourced from a different producer allows for different notes like the best wines. They’re made of 70, 71, and 73% cacao.
I honestly wish I could travel to Mexico right now just to order this bar. I mean, even the packaging easily wins you over. A combo mixing together 51% of cacao, milk, and coffee is my own definition of perfection!
Ironic as it may be, Mexican chocolate is underrated on the world stage. Yet now you know how the best Mexican chocolate brands on the market are on the same level as the finest Swiss and Belgian chocolatiers.
While it’s a shame many of the products I’ve listed here are only available in Mexico, it’s all the more reason to fly to Mexico asap and discover everything the country has to offer besides amazing chocolate!