I was there on a weekday and invested in the tour. We had an excellent guide who first explained the basics of the transformation of the cocoa bean from the plant to the chocolate bar that we all know. Then we donned aprons and the experiential learning began. We "roasted" cocoa beans, made some tea from the beans and husks, we sampled hot cocoa and finally made our own chocolate bars or drops. There was a good explanation of the difference between how the Mayans enjoyed the cocoa bean vs. how it has evolved in our Western cultures. This was a great way to spend a few hours of time. After an hour of hardening, our individual chocolate drops were available to take back to our tour group for dessert in the evening. The choclate is quite good, too!
The staff is quite friendly and entertaining. They know how to make the learning fun.
Reservations for the class are required. I was able to make mine in the morning and get into the 1:30 p.m. class. It was not a big deal. I can see how a weekend class could be difficult to get.
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