You may sip margaritas and treat yourself to a salsa tasting on May 5th, but we’ll be celebrating with chocolate this Cinco de Mayo. Chocolate is a worldwide food phenomenon today, but it was actually first discovered in Central America by the Mayans. It’s just one way the Mayans played a significant role in Mexico’s history.
Hundreds of years later another historical event impacted the culture of Mexico. On May 5, 1862 Mexico beat the French Army in the Battle of Puebla. The unlikely victory created a surge of national pride that led to the Cinco de Mayo holiday celebrated by people on both sides of the border.
Show your support and national pride by celebrating Cinco de Mayo with one of Mexico’s most important cultural contributions – chocolate!
Try a Chocolate Tequila Drink
Tequila is undoubtedly the official libation of Mexico. Typically, it comes in one of two varieties: silver or gold. But tequila makers are expanding the selection with new flavors, including chocolate.
Mar Azul is one of those tequila makers. They’ve combined 100% agave tequila with natural semi-sweet and dark chocolate flavors. Like Delysia Chocolatier, Mar Azul uses a handcrafted process and sources their chocolate from the finest cacao beans.
You can drink the smooth chocolate tequila on its own, or use it to create a drink with even more cacao flavor. Our favorite recipes for Cinco de Mayo include chocolate margaritas and a grapefruit tequila cocktail with chocolate bitters.
Make a Chocolate Chalupa
Many of the “Mexican” dishes we eat on Cinco de Mayo in the U.S. are an Americanized version that’s far from authentic. In the state of Puebla, where the famous May 5th Mexican/French battle took place, chalupas are a traditional food.
Typically, chalupas are loaded up with savory meats and cheese, but it’s a dish that allows for modification. On Cinco de Mayo, fry up a fresh corn tortilla for a dessert that’s a spin on classic Puebla cooking. Instead of layering on cilantro, onion and shredded pork, drizzle melted Delysia Mexican hot chocolate bark onto the fried tortilla along with a sprinkling of cinnamon, sugar and queso fresco.
Share Chocolates Infused With Spicy Latin Flavors
Get an authentic taste of Central America with a box of Delysia Chocolatier’s Latin Collection Chocolate Truffles. We’ve infused our fine dark chocolate with the peppers used in traditional Mexican dishes for a flavorful combination of spicy and sweet.
Each box contains nine decadent truffles that are perfect for sharing at a Cinco de Mayo party. The Jalapeno Truffle provides a peppery taste without the heat while the Cayenne Truffle and Habanero Truffle add a touch of tingling spiciness.