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Chocolate (Stoneground Chocolate) , Other Food Products - Rancho Gordo, Rancho Gordo
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Chocolate (Stoneground Chocolate) , Other Food Products - Rancho Gordo, Rancho Gordo
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Chocolate (Stoneground Chocolate) , Other Food Products - Rancho Gordo, Rancho Gordo
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Stoneground Chocolate


$ 14.95
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Free shipping on orders $50+

Description
Hand roasted on a clay pan over a wood fire, these discs are the essence of chocolate. Ground with only canela and piloncillo, our traditional Mexican chocolate is ideal for hot cocoa, sweet and savory dishes and, of course, mole. 

In the beautiful state of Guerrero in Mexico, a cooperative of women grow and harvest their own cacao, toast it on clay comales (pans) and then stone grind it with piloncillo (an unrefined sugar) and canela, the famous soft cinnamon preferred in Mexico.

"The results are chocolate tablets not quite like anything else you've had. Whether it's for a traditional mole or just a cup of hot chocolate, the rich, dense chocolate flavor is intense, delicious and uniquely New World."-Andrea Gray, examiner.com

Unlike other commercial brands, our tablets are 70% chocolate and the only other ingredients are the piloncillo and canela. Nothing else is added, or needed!

Each box contains 5 chocolate tablets. Total weight is 13 ounces.

"The best Mexican chocolate we have tasted!"-LA Weekly

You can make traditional Mexican hot chocolate with milk or water but this chocolate can also be used in pork rubs, as a seasoning in a pot of beans and of course a batch of Mole Poblano or Mole Negro. Sadly, the staff has discovered you can also just eat it like candy with very little trouble and most of us are addicted to the rustic, almost smoky flavor. It's hard to stop once you start.

"When it comes to Mexican chocolate, Abuelita and Ibarra aren't the only brands in the game. Several smaller labels -- each using 100 percent Mexican cacao -- have popped up in recent years, creating a veritable renaissance in the field...[Rancho Gordo is one of the] small-batch Mexican chocolate brands that stand out. "
-The Latin Kitchen

Not available for shipping to Canada.

Country of origin

Mexico

"The chocolate is the result of a partnership between the New World foods specialist and Mujeres de Xochis, a cooperative of women in Guerrero, Mexico, who grow, toast and grind their own cacao. Stick with tradition and blend the chocolate with scalded milk for a luscious cup of hot chocolate, or get experimental in the kitchen — a mole-inspired sauce or a rub for roast pork, perhaps? Sí, por favor."

Sarah Fritsche

SF Gate

Stoneground Chocolate

$ 14.95
Shipping Details

Free Shipping on each order $50 and over

FedEx Ground shipments, and one shipping location per order.

For orders less than $50: 
Our flat-fee shipping charges via FedEx Ground is $11 (regardless of weight)
One pound or One Thousand pounds, it's the same price. 

Our flat-fee shipping charge via US Postal Service is as follows:
$11 each 15 pounds
All shipments to Hawaii, Alaska, P.O. boxes, and APO/FPO/DPO addresses must go via USPS.

I just placed my order. When will I get my shipment?

It normally takes us 1 to 3 business days to process orders. If we are experiencing further shipping delays, we will add a note to the checkout page with further information.

We process and ship orders from Northern California Monday through Friday, via FedEx or US Postal Service. A shipment can take from 2 to 5 working days to be delivered after it leaves our warehouse, depending on where you live and what shipping service you selected. Please call us (707/259-1935) to arrange for faster shipping if you need your order to arrive sooner. 

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The Rancho Gordo Story

You Can Blame it All on the Dutch

I was shopping one August for tomatoes and, despite Napa being one of the world's most magnificent agricultural regions, all the tomatoes were from a hothouse in Holland! Worse, they were hard and pale pink instead of the ripe tomatoes I was craving. I started to grow my own tomatoes and this eventually led to beans.

My first harvested heirloom bean was Rio Zape. They were pretty and easy to grow but I had no idea what to expect when I cooked them. They were similar to the pintos I liked but there was so much more going on. Hints of chocolate and coffee mixed with an earthy texture made my head spin. I was blown away by Rio Zape and the other heirloom beans I was growing, but also really confused why they were such a big secret. I took the beans to the farmers market, organizing things on my kitchen table. Soon there was a warehouse, followed by more markets and mail order. It seems we had struck a nerve. People agreed that heirloom beans were worth saving, growing and cooking. Currently our warehouse, a retail shop, and offices are in Napa, California, and a stop here is part of many tours of the wine country. 

All of my agricultural pursuits have been based on being someone who likes to cook but gets frustrated by the lack of ingredients, especially those that are native to the Americas. One of the things that originally drew me to beans was the fact that they are indigenous to the Americas. It seems to me these indigenous ingredients should be familiar, if not common. American cuisine is re-inventing itself and I'd love to include ingredients, traditions and recipes from north and south of the border as part of the equation. I love the concept of The Americas. I feel as if it's just as important as the European heritage many of us share.

You can read more about the Rancho Gordo story here.

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