The Day of the Dead 2019


In October 2011, I traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico, to experience the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) up close. I immersed myself in the colorful festivities and enjoyed following the spiritual, floral, and culinary ritual as it unfolded. The highlight of my trip was working with Zapotec Chef Reyna Mendoza. Together, we made preparations for the celebration including metate-ground chocolate, mole, and champurrado. During my visit, I gained a deep appreciation for the cultural richness of the Day of the Dead festival and came away inspired to create a unique chocolate collection in commemoration. 

Like wine aged in French oak, our chocolate ages for one year in a variety of ingredients including orange peel (Zest 2014), honeycomb (Swarm 2015), coffee beans (Pulse 2016), Buddha's Hand or citron peel (Embrace 2017), and rose buds and petals (Blush 2018).

For 2019, we are pleased to offer Crescendo, a rustic 70% estate dark Mexican chocolate aged in vanilla bean, cinnamon bark, pink peppercorn, and habanero pepper, permitting a gradual increase of aroma to infuse the chocolate. 

Advance Order To place your order for this annual chocolate, email us at We will contact you in September to purchase through our e-commerce site. 

Ship Date Please note, Crescendo will be available to ship mid-October 2019.

Limited Edition 200 fluted rounds 

Ingredients Mexican estate cacao, maple sugar, vanilla bean, cinnamon bark, pink peppercorn, habanero pepper

Allergen Free of egg, gluten, milk, nuts, soy, wheat

Net Weight 85 g | 3 oz