Voted “Best Chocolate in the US” by Food and Wine Magazine, Chuao Chocolatier rose from a single chocolate cafe in Encinitas, CA to a nationally sold brand found at specialty retails and two chocolate cafes in San Diego. (Lucky us!)
Named after the cacao-producing region in central Venezuala, Chuao is the first Venezuelan chocolatier based in America. It was founded in 2002 by Master Chef Michael Antonorsi and his brother Richard Antonorsi who are dedicated to ethically-sourced ingredients and unusual, exciting combinations of chocolate and other flavors like honeycomb or cayenne pepper.
Their chocolate cafe is located in Encinitas (with an additional location in Del Mar) and features a wide variety of unique chocolate confections including chocolate bars, bonbons, truffles, gelato, and chocolate beverages.
The company’s signature flavor, Spicy Maya, is a modern interpretation of the Ancient Mayan hot chocolate recipe originally concocted 2,000 years ago. With pasilla chile, cinnamon, cayenne and chocolate, the Spicy Maya bar brings the heat.
Eat on, chocolate lovers.
PS: Right now, Chuao Chocolatier is offering free samples via mail when you sign up for their newsletter! And don’t forget, Chuao Chocolatier is part of Bite San Diego’s food tour in Encinitas. Read more here!