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Independent Best of Santa Barbara 2013

Thank you Santa Barbara for another great year.


Independent best of Santa Barbara 2012

Your support has been
incredible, many cocoa farmers around the world are living better because of you!
Thanks to all your help,
Chocolate Maya is now part of the Heirloom cacao preservation sponsoring farmers through funds and education.
Come and see us soon at Chocolate Maya & Chocolate Lounge, where you can see the faces of the farmers and their families and drink cocoa in a relaxing and warm atmosphere while savoring chocolate confections.



I have been transported into Peru just by tasting the Fortunato No 4, I can not think of anything else for the past 3 days, I am obsess with this chocolate. I made a simple ganache with this gem it does not need anything added, actually it is almost a breach to mess around with this beautiful chocolate. My absolute favorite is the paper thin bar we are eating right now at Chocolate Maya. I will quote one of our favorite customer. ” I think it is fantastic.Its addicive enough that my room mate and I have already eaten 2 of the bars. Ti leaves such a wonderful aftertaste in your mouth, and the way that it tastes different on different parts of the palette really makes each bite enjoyable. I just hope this chocolate hasn’t completely ruined me. I tried eating a bit of the XXXXX bar (very famous and delicious bar) and found that it just doesn’t stack up. Ti’s not as smooth, it doesn’t contain the depth of flavor, and the after taste is, in comparison bad.
I can not say more, it is so true!



The Almond Excursion WRITTEN BY ILA RUTTEN One morning Chocolate Maya (my mom), and I left the sweet scent of jasmine blooming in Santa Barbara for a more unusual olfactory treat. We were heading out to Wasco, CA, otherwise known as the almond capitol of the world. Nate Siemens of Fat Uncle Farms had invited [...]


Santa Barbara Film Festival

Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2012 New Film by UCSB Professor, Kum-Kum Bhavnani SOLD-OUT AT PREMIERE!!! NOTHING LIKE CHOCOLATE tells the compelling story of anarchist chocolate-maker, Mott Green, founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company Co-operative and independent cocoa framer, Nelice Stewart. This tree-to-bar factory co-operative, the smallest in the world, turns out luscious creations that [...]