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Old 01-29-2012, 01:32 PM   #1
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This chocolate tastes disgusting!



I bought two bars of this Mayan chocolate at the airport in Cancun, Mexico. It wasn't cheap! ($11. U.S. for one bar). I unsuspectingly bought two bars, one to try, one to gift to a friend.
It tastes like soap. Both bars are going into the garbage - or perhaps the soap pot. Dang!

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Old 01-29-2012, 01:40 PM   #2
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Soap making should neutralize the capsacin...

Too bad, Soma. I've had some really good Chile Chocolates.
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:44 PM   #3
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It looks like it may have chile in it. Unsweetened? Old, maybe? I've not seen that brand in Mexico. Usually their chocolate is outstanding.

I'd have a hard time throwing away $22 of chocolate! Not a bad idea to try it in one of your soaps, Soma.
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:51 PM   #4
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Chocolate goes bad??? Unsweetened does taste gross to me, also a high coca content 70%+ doesn't taste good to me either even with the sugar. But old or rancid? This is a new one on me.
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Old 01-29-2012, 02:01 PM   #5
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Shelf life is a year or two. I would bet it was the chile that made it taste soapy, though Mexican hot chocolate usually has a hint of hot stuff. Would it work in something like that, or is the flavor just too hideous?
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:26 PM   #6
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Might be usable in a molé sauce. Habanero peppers taste soapy to me.
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:02 PM   #7
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It's possible there was an error in processing the chillies. Leaving too much skin on can make for a "soapy? taste. Or, if chocolate has been alkalized (Dutched), it can be too alkaline, and that risks a reaction that produces a soapy flavor. Some of the chemistry is very like making soap, and it takes care to see that it's not over done so that it literally becomes soap.

On the other hand, from a U.S. perspective, Mexico has some peculiar tastes in candy. It can be difficult to believe some of it is accepted as candy. I once bought a big bag or Mexican hard candy at a flea market where little English is spoken. It looked like any other hard fruit flavored round candies. The taste was very far from what we think of as candy. Horrible kind of describes it. I ended up leaving a big bowl of it on my desk. No one hit it twice. Very useful for dealing with the more obnoxious sort of children, too.
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:03 PM   #8
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Hate to say it, but it almost looks like it sat on the shelf for too long. I realize it's hard to tell from the photograph, but there appears to be some discoloration.
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:16 PM   #9
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Soma - Is this you, too? Or do Canadians just have the worst luck with chocolate from Cancun duty free? It's the only other reference I can find to funny tasting Maria Tepoztlan.
Mexican candy - Playa del Carmen Forum - TripAdvisor
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:13 PM   #10
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The photo says its soap. No really...it does.
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