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Best Vegan Brand of Mexican Chocolate

It’s the irresistible aroma of chocolate and cinnamon that I first think of when I’m offered hot chocolate. Mexican hot chocolate is not your ordinary cacao powder and milk, oh no, and somebody needs to say this, but adding cinnamon to your hot chocolate does not make it Mexican. It is one of my culinary pet peeves. What is the best vegan brand of Mexican chocolate and what makes it so different?

Not only that it comes from Mexico, but the process used to make it is unique in itself. Mexican chocolate for beverages is sold in tablets not powder, it is made by toasting, and grinding cacao beans with sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. It is then packed into a mold and formed into a tablet. To make into a beverage simply dissolve a couple of pieces of the tablet in hot milk. If the chocolate is of high quality you can dissolve it in water, milk is not necessary. The video below, from Saveur.com shows you exactly how chocolate tablets are made in Mexico.

 

 

The Best Vegan Brand of Mexican Chocolate

There are three brands of Mexican chocolate that are commonly found in grocery stores: Abuelita, Ibarra, and Taza. We tested all three of them for you with Califia Farms Toasted Coconut Milk.

What is the best vegan brand of Mexican chocolate? This taste test will decide once which one makes the best cup of steaming hot chocolate.

Best Overall: Taza Chocolate Mexicano Cinnamon

This one was my favorite. It is produced here in the US using the same process described in the video above. It is intensely chocolaty, aromatic, not too sweet, but with a hint of bitterness. The foam is thick, not at all airy. It contains only three ingredients: cacao beans, sugar, and cinnamon. It is also certified USDA organic, non-GMO, certified gluten-free, and vegan. The only downside is the price, $5.oo. It really isn’t too expensive, but one package will only make you two cups of hot chocolate.

What is the best vegan brand of Mexican chocolate? This taste test will decide once which one makes the best cup of steaming hot chocolate.

Best Budget-Friendly Chocolate: Ibarra

Ibarra is the one we buy more often, and it is a Mexican product. It has a medium chocolate flavor intensity and it is pretty sweet. There is no bitterness to it at all. The foam is airy and firm. It contains cocoa liquor, sugar, soy lecithin, and cinnamon flavoring. The price, $3.50, and it makes 24 cups of hot chocolate.

What is the best vegan brand of Mexican chocolate? This taste test will decide once which one makes the best cup of steaming hot chocolate.

Last but Not Least: Abuelita

I contacted Nestle and they confirmed that it is NOT vegan.

NOTE: Even though Nestle has said that the product is not vegan there are  no animal products on the ingredient list. After further inquiry this is what Nestle responded: “The evaluation for vegan claims has not been performed on this item. We therefore would advise the product is not suitable for vegans.”

Abuelita has a special place in my heart, it evokes a lot memories for me and it is extremely popular in Mexico. It has a medium chocolate flavor, is very sweet, and has no bitterness. The cinnamon flavor is strong and fragrant. The foam is airy and very firm. The downside is that it contains additives like vegetable oils, artificial flavor, and PGPR. The price, $3.25, and it makes 24 cups of chocolate.

Regardless of which one you think is the best vegan brand of Mexican chocolate, I urge to give Mexican hot chocolate a try. You won’t be disappointed. What is your favorite brand?

 

 

 

 

 

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  • A great drink for these crazy cold days.

    • dorastable

      Thanks for stopping by Julie.

  • Raquel DeHoyos

    Please add Popular to your list. Not super sugary and deep flavors of cinnamon. My personal favorite, can only find it in Texas or on-line here: https://www.melissaguerra.com/shop/la-popular-chocolate/. LA has more Mexican grocery stores so you may have better luck finding it there, too. The flavor of my childhood. It’s my morning coffee with coconut almond milk because I can’t do dairy:)

    • It’s my favorite too! I didn’t include it because I wasn’t sure you could get it in the US. Thank you for letting me know.

  • ecfinn

    Are you sure the Abuelita TABLETS aren’t vegan? The ingredients for the tablets don’t list any dairy. The instant powder does indeed list dairy.

    • dorastable

      Yes I’m sure. I called nestle and they said it is not vegan. I didn’t inquire further. Maybe it’s something in the artificial flavor.

      • ecfinn

        It could also be legal reasons because of the diclaimer about the fact that it’s processed on equipment that processes dairy. They don’t want to get sued.

      • ecfinn

        I emailed Nestle and this was the response: “The evaluation for vegan claims has not been performed on this item. We therefore would advise the product is not suitable for vegans.” Sounds like it just hasn’t been certified as vegan. I’m going to go by the ingredients list though.

        • dorastable

          Thanks for being so thorough. I will be updating the post with nestle’s response later this month.