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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  • Heidi J
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Chocolate Drink Experience I have ever had (yes, it is a full experience not just a "taste")
    This was an unplanned stop for us - and so glad we did! The presentation and demonstration about cocoa was fascinating and I have NEVER had such delicious chocolate before. I appreciated how they took us one step at a time adding an ingredient and then tasting. I would not have fully appreciated the flavor nuance and richness had I just been served the end product. This was to my great benefit!! Highly Recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Gretchen M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chocolate in August!
    The family that runs the business is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the traditions they are preserving. They were personable and inclusive, and accommodated our group of five. Really interesting experience and great souvenirs to bring home! Absolutely recommend!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 September 2023
  • Tiffany K
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do if you like chocolate
    An amazing hands on history lesson! I enjoyed tasting the actual fruit and the bean through the lifecycle. Being able to crush the bean on the lava stone was interesting. I highly recommend a visit, the experience is about an hour so you should be able to fit it in around other things you may have planned.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Jeff C
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can’t beat chocolate
    We absolutely loved our demonstration on the Mayan techniques of chocolate making. The information they were able to share was a close second to actually getting to taste the cacao throughout all the steps! We are still enjoying the chocolate we bought to take home!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
  • ThreeScars
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun with cocoa beans
    Incredible experience. Learned SO much. Staff was amazing, everyone was cheerful, helpful and incredibly knowledgeable! Definitely makes one rethink chocolate! We were lucky enough to walk right in and grab a couple seats at the last minute but it would be worth the wait. Very reasonable prices on chocolate treats to go. They also have a small selection of locally crafted baskets and woven jewelry.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 November 2023
  • Lexi
    Phoenix, Arizona57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For cacao lovers especially!
    Let me start by saying I LOVE chocolate - especially cacao. My expectations for the tour were high and I was NOT let down. The experience wove history with education and of course tastings of the cacao along the entire chocolate production process. You even get to participate in grinding the cacao (which the staff are clearly pros doing… it’s hard work!) I was so impressed by the ongoing history of this cherished Mayan tradition. Not to mention the hosts are clearly passionate about their culture and what they do. The hour flew by way too fast. I am trying not to blow through the chocolate I bought at the end because it is so good - so pure and delicious. It is possible Ajaw ruined American chocolate for me forever… but I’m not mad because this was a once in a lifetime experience that I recommend to everyone.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 November 2023
  • Natasha240
    United States193 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun and informative
    We walked in without a reservation and were able to take the chocolate making and tasting tour that is offered every hour. For $14 USD per person, we tasted cacao at different stages of processing, learned how to grind cacao nibs, and prepared a very tasty Mayan chocolate drink. It was a combination chocolate class and Mayan history lesson. In the store area, there were assorted chocolate products for sale as well as some handicrafts. There were also posters with interesting information on the history of chocolate and its consumption.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 November 2023
  • Kristin M
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational and delicious
    The chocolate making demonstration far exceeded our expectations! Adrain proudly educated us on his Mayan heritage and the challenges that modernization and an advancing society bring. Pure chocolate in its simplest form with a few unexpected traditional spices added to our drink was amazing. You won’t be disappointed.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 January 2024
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Erin
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
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 19 February 2022
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pete_wendy
Las Vegas25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
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 7 May 2022
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Kara A
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
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 8 March 2020
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Donald H
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Full tour highly recommended. Adrian was fantastic and really brought the history and spiritual meaning of Mayan cocoa husbandry to life. Expanding that to modern farming methods and explaining the industry. Explained all the stages of planting the trees, caring for them, pruning the developing pods and the harvest. Opening the pods and tasting the fleshy bean casing and beans was incredible. Really gave meaning to the workshop session on chocolate making. From the initial fermentation to the traditional stone grinding of the beans. Then tasting the final cocoa tea and chocolate. Absolutely mind blowing ecperience
Written 5 December 2022
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Sage Hayes
Providence, RI26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This wonderful crew packs in a lot of into and tasting into this wonderful little tour. We learned a ton about chocolate and our eyes got opened about its history and also the Mayan use of it. Their hour presentation was solid and included grinding the beans into chocolate paste which we made into a wonderful drink. Highly recommend!
Written 5 March 2023
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Heidi J
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This was an unplanned stop for us - and so glad we did! The presentation and demonstration about cocoa was fascinating and I have NEVER had such delicious chocolate before. I appreciated how they took us one step at a time adding an ingredient and then tasting. I would not have fully appreciated the flavor nuance and richness had I just been served the end product. This was to my great benefit!! Highly Recommend.
Written 19 August 2023
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Natasha240
United States193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We walked in without a reservation and were able to take the chocolate making and tasting tour that is offered every hour. For $14 USD per person, we tasted cacao at different stages of processing, learned how to grind cacao nibs, and prepared a very tasty Mayan chocolate drink. It was a combination chocolate class and Mayan history lesson. In the store area, there were assorted chocolate products for sale as well as some handicrafts. There were also posters with interesting information on the history of chocolate and its consumption.
Written 15 November 2023
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Chelsea S
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
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 3 January 2022
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Jeff C
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We absolutely loved our demonstration on the Mayan techniques of chocolate making. The information they were able to share was a close second to actually getting to taste the cacao throughout all the steps!

We are still enjoying the chocolate we bought to take home!
Written 29 September 2023
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easyout4u
Vineland, NJ72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
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 22 March 2022
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