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The different types of chocolate and how they are made in the Ecuadorian jungle

In this post we will discover more about Ecuadorian chocolate from the different types of chocolate and how they are made in the jungle, we will also discover the secrets of Ecuadorian chocolate, a journey through the jungle and ancestral customs.

Throughout history, chocolate has captivated and united people of all cultures and ages, hiding within it a rich and fascinating history. This exquisite delicacy, which many consider a heavenly food, hides within it the traditions, love and industriousness of those who grow and process it.

In Ecuador it is a cultural heritage that transcends borders and allows us to discover a world of unimaginable flavors and sensations.

Join us on this delicious journey through the world of Ecuadorian chocolate!

The different types of chocolate

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Although chocolate is known primarily for its sweet and smooth taste, the truth is that there are different types of chocolate that vary in flavor, texture, and aroma. Among the best known we can find:

Dark chocolate

Dark or bitter chocolate:

This type of chocolate is characterized by having a high cocoa content, which gives it an intense and bitter flavor, ideal for lovers of the authentic flavor of cocoa.

Milk chocolate:

It is a softer and sweeter chocolate than black since it contains milk and a smaller amount of cocoa, perfect for those who prefer softer and creamier flavors.

Milk chocolate in a bowl
White chocolate bars

White Chocolate:

This chocolate contains no cocoa powder, only cocoa butter, milk and sugar. It is very creamy and sweet, ideal for those looking for a different experience than traditional chocolate.

Making chocolate in the Ecuadorian jungle

The chocolate production process in Ecuador is a mixture of ancestral and modern techniques where the aim is to preserve the quality and authenticity of the product. In the Ecuadorian jungle, the production of chocolate begins with the selection and harvest of the cocoa fruits, which are collected by hand by local farmers.

Once the ears have been collected, the seeds are extracted, which are fermented in wooden boxes for several days. This process is fundamental since during fermentation the precursors of the flavor and aroma of chocolate are developed.

Subsequently, the fermented seeds are dried in the sun and then roasted in wood-fired ovens. This roasting process is key to highlighting the flavors and aromas of cocoa and in the Ecuadorian jungle it is done by hand, which gives it a unique and distinctive to chocolate.

The ancestral chocolate of the kichwa amazon communities

Once the seeds are toasted, they are ground and refined, obtaining the cocoa paste which is mixed with sugar, milk and other ingredients depending on the type of chocolate to be obtained. Finally, the chocolate is molded and cooled, resulting in a delicious, high-quality product.

Ancestral customs around chocolate

Chocolate in Ecuador is more than a simple food, it is a cultural legacy that has been transmitted from generation to generation and in the Ecuadorian jungle, cocoa is considered a gift from the gods, its cultivation and preparation are surrounded by rituals and customs that seek to honor This tradition.

Aya Uma

Among the most outstanding customs is the celebration of “Aya Uma”, a festival in which the Pachamama (Mother Earth) is thanked for the cocoa harvest. During this festivity, dances, rituals and offerings are performed in which cocoa and chocolate play a leading role.

White and brown breadcrumbs

Breadguards

Another ancestral custom is the preparation of “guaguas de pan”, sweet bread figures filled with chocolate that symbolize fertility and abundance.

These buses are made during the cocoa harvest season and therefore are shared among the community as a sign of unity and gratitude for the blessings received.

The Tzantza ceremony

In some indigenous communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon, the Tzantza ceremony is carried out, in which a sacred drink made from cocoa and other medicinal plants is prepared.

Cocoa ayahuasca

This drink, known as “ayahuasca de cacao”, is consumed in shamanic rituals and aims to connect participants with the spiritual world and heal their bodies and souls.

Inti Raymi and cocoa

Inti Raymi, also known as the Fiesta del Sol, is an Andean celebration that pays homage to the Sun god and marks the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere. During this festivity, cocoa plays an important role since it is used in offerings and rituals that seek to attract the protection and favor of the Sun god.

The ritual of changing necklaces

In some communities in the Ecuadorian jungle it is common to carry out a ritual called “cambio de collares” in which women exchange necklaces of cocoa beans. This ritual symbolizes the friendship and brotherhood between the women of the community who support each other in raising children and maintaining the home. Cocoa, as a symbol of fertility and abundance, is considered a protective amulet in this tradition.


“Chocolate, a culinary jewel from the Ecuadorian jungle, immerses us in a universe of flavors and textures. From the intense aroma of cocoa to the delicacy of its production, each type of chocolate is a unique masterpiece..”


The Ecuadorian jungle waits for you

So travelers and visitors, the different types of chocolate that are made in the Ecuadorian jungle are the result of hard work as well as the preservation of ancestral techniques and customs that have been transmitted from generation to generation.

These chocolates, ranging from bitter to smooth and creamy, offer a wide range of flavors and textures that captivate the most demanding palates.

Visiting the Ecuadorian jungle and immersing yourself in the world of chocolate production is a unique and unforgettable experience that not only allows us to enjoy this delicacy but also to delve into the rich culture and traditions of the communities that make it.

When tasting these chocolates, the love, dedication and care that is put into each step of the production process becomes evident.

We invite you to discover for yourself the secrets of Ecuadorian chocolate and let yourself be seduced by its aroma, flavor and texture. There is no better way to appreciate and value this exquisite product than by visiting its place of origin, meeting the people who make it possible and, of course, enjoying every bite of this delicacy that has conquered the entire world.

Dare to enter the Ecuadorian jungle and live an experience that will delight all your senses!