AJAW Chocolate & Crafts
AJAW Chocolate & Crafts
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AJAW Chocolate & Craft is a locally owned local attraction demonstrating the process of making chocolate drink. It is a hands-on experience and you taste organic chocolate. Sample it and take with you a rich organic chocolate bar.
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pete_wendy
Las Vegas25 contributions
Wonderful, laid back chocolate tour only a few minutes from the downtown/market area. The people here were incredibly friendly and passionate about their craft. We felt very welcome and we learned some very interesting history about Belizean chocolate. The drinks and chocolate samples were delicious! It was interesting to taste the raw chocolate beans at different stages throughout the process. Note that the raw beans taste very different from what you might expect. The final product is completely transformed and you get to witness the entire process hands on if you like.

Tours start every hour on the hour and they ask that you arrive 5 minutes before the hour. They started on time and we were able to walk in and experience the tour within a few minutes. The room is simple, spacious, and clean. They did a great job of sanitizing hands and tables and there is a handwashing station for guests.

They also offer a combo tour which includes the chocolate session and a visit to their farm 4 miles out of town. The combo tour has to be booked in advance. We didn't get a chance to experience the farm but definitely will next time!

Also be sure to pick up some chocolate mix, teas, and cookies at the small shop next door before you head out. Well worth it!
Written May 7, 2022
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Erin
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This was a fun, family activity to do during our time in San Ignacio. It is a small store located downtown and within walking distance from the town center. For about an hour, they walk you through the chocolate making process, let you taste a variety of delicious chocolate drinks with unique flavorings, and explain a bit about the history of chocolate in Belize. We simply walked in after a day of touring the area and had a mostly private tour with their friendly staff. Cash only, and we enjoyed picking up some cacao nibs and tea to bring home!
Written February 19, 2022
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Riverliver
Cleveland, OH625 contributions
A good introduction to the production of chocolate. Hands on experience makes this really fun. It is a bit pricey for the length of the “tour” but when you find out how laborious chocolate is to make and why really good chocolate is expensive, you will understand the price. We actually had a turn at grinding the chocolate and mixing the grounds with water to make a drink. Fascinating and delicious.
No credit cards accepted, so take cash, especially if you want to buy some of the delicious dark chocolate. 90%! Try finding that at home! It is like nothing you have had before! Not bitter at all.
Written February 19, 2020
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Chelsea S
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What a great experience! They do tours every hour on the hour, so it is easy to fit it into whatever schedule you have in San Ignacio. One of the things I loved the most is how it focuses on how Cacao was used for the Mayans and not just about making chocolate. We learned the entire process and tried the bean at all the stages and in a few different formats of the Cacao drinks- with different spices. It was so special (plus we actually even had the tour to ourselves) Highly recommend it!!
Written January 3, 2022
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easyout4u
Vineland, NJ60 contributions
A small simple place with hand made chairs and table to use. The demonstration of making chocolate was very interesting . We hand some hands on smashing the coco on a authentic stone then tasting the different flavors.
They have a little store in another room where you can purchase teas ,chocolates, etc . Worth the tour
Written March 22, 2022
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Kara A
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Hands down one of the best things to experience in San Ignacio! You’ll not only learn about the process of making chocolate organically but you’ll also learn the connection of chocolate and the Mayan culture. I can feel the passion in Adriana voice as he talks about history, the process and what it means to the Mayans. You get to taste the Cacao as a fruit then get to see every stage the beans will go through before they become chocolate. It’s really a wonderful experience and I highly recommend to everyone who will be in San Ignacio
Written March 8, 2020
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Heather M
Maple Creek, Canada3 contributions
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We enjoyed our visit here! The proprietor is Mayan and he told us of the 4,000 year tradition of chocolate. We went through each step from pod to beans to milk, tasting each thing and learning. We even got to grind some beans. They sell chocolate including the paste and the nibs but also bars of chocolate, and they only take cash. Friendly, knowledgeable staff.
Written February 1, 2022
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Lenny2299
Washington DC, DC1,144 contributions
Adrian was an excellent guide. Turned out the farm was down the road from our hotel so he met us there. He is very passionate about Belize Cacao and explained a lot about the trees and the fruit. This farm is a small experiment and what looks like haphazard planting is actually to give the trees the beat chance for growth. Went back and took the class as well. Their dark chocolate is amazing. Plan on eating it there since it is too hot to pack to take home.
Written June 17, 2021
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Katie M
World7 contributions
We learned so much at AJAW. Our group stopped in just to ask what sorts of tours and experiences they offered, and they set us up with a tasting and informational session fifteen minutes later, an experience they offer every hour. We realized quickly that our experience and understanding of how chocolate is made and its historical significance were so limited. Our guides were kind and knowledgable and it was a highlight of our trip to try cacao fruit. Unforgettable - I even got to bring home some chocolate to mix into a drink for my family at home to share with them all that I learned. Highly recommend.
Written March 3, 2022
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Jeremy T
Irvington, NY21 contributions
Our farm tour and chocolate tasting at AJAW was one of the highlights of our week in Belize - and with a chocolatier as a wife, that's saying a lot! First and foremost, they were friendly and engaging throughout, which made our time relaxing and fun.

The tour started on their educational farm, where we learned about Belizean food culture in general, not to mention the historical and modern approaches to cultivating cacao trees and beans. We had the opportunity to taste raw cocoa when Adrian cut a pod off a tree.

The second part of the tour was back at the AJAW location in San Ignacio, where we ground roasted beans to a paste, added some hot water, and enjoyed the ancient Mayan drinking chocolate - not to be confused with hot chocolate, or chocolate milk, or anything else!

If you even remotely consider yourself a foodie, you MUST check out this trip!
Written June 14, 2021
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