1039 W. Mountain View Dr. Mesa, AZ 85201US

(480) 890-8788

Carolina's Chocolate

Carolina's Chocolate


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Who is Carolina?

My Grandmother

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CAROLINA  MACIAS GARCIA WAS MY GRANDMOTHER. I WAS LUCKY TO HAVE HAD THE  PRIVILEGED TO BE A PART OF HER LIFE FOR 30 YEARS. CAROLINA'S FAMILY  TRAVELED HERE FROM SONORA, MEXICO WHEN SHE WAS 9 YEARS OLD. PONCHO  VILLA RENEGADES WERE RAIDING THE AREA FOR SUPPLIES WHEN THEY ARRIVED AT  THE MACIAS RANCHO. SYMPATHIZERS DIVULGED THE LOCATION OF THE HIDDEN  SILVER SPOONS AND HORSE BITS TO THE BANDITS. MR. MACIAS SAW THAT IT WAS  TIME TO GO. THUS BEGAN CAROLINA'S NEW LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES. SHE MET  JESUS GARCIA IN TEMPE DURING THE PICKING SEASON, WAS COURTED, MARRIED,  AND EVENTUALLY HAD 6 CHILDREN. SHE AND JESUS BUILT HOMES, RAISED THEIR  FAMILY AND BECAME RESPECTED CITIZENS IN THEIR MESA COMMUNITY. CAROLINA  WAS A LOVING, NURTURING, AND CREATIVE, MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER.  SHE WAS A  WONDER TO HER LAST DAY AT THE AGE OF 92. 

My Experience with Carolina

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Carolina  was  my mentor and influence in the kitchen, her flavors are expressed  in my cooking everyday. She is the reason I became a caterer and now a  chocolatier. I've taken the flavors of my heritage and infused them into  quality chocolate creating a silky and sultry heat like no other. 
Carolina's  Chocolate is in honor of her presence in my life, that is why she is on  the label.  The picture is from 1923, she is 22 years old. Jalisco  Jalapeno is Jesus M. Garcia, my grandfather. He loved his green chili,  hence the jalapeno in the %31 white chocolate. Smokey Joe is named after  my dad, Joe Jaimes. His dark features were an easy fit to the smoky  dark richness in chipotle chili.

Why Spicy Chocolate?

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A pinch of chili and cinnamon in hot chocolate is as old as the Aztec Culture. Yet, I found none that caught my attention, so I decided to make it myself. The level of heat is based solely on my  palate, and I make it as spicy as I like it. In order to create these remarkable flavors, high quality chocolate is used and is blended with a variety of chilis such as Chipotle, Cayenne, Jalapeno, and  Ancho. These are the spices and flavors that are reminiscent of my memories  in Carolina's kitchen.  All spices are fresh from the Santa Cruz Spice Co. in  Tomacocori, AZ. and from The Chili Guy in Bernalillo, New Mexico. Many find it surprisingly delicious. Many are fascinated  by the combination of chocolate and chili. 

I hope many of you venture to try and enjoy the essence of my Southwest  heritage in Carolina's Chocolate. 

Fabulous Suggestions

Splendid recommendation:

1. Add Carolina's to your cheese board         

2. Add Carolina's to brownie mix
3. Drizzle it over ice cream                            

4. Melt Carolina's in your frosting
5. Drag pretzels through melted Carolina's    

6. Add a big chip to coffee gelato, hot coffe or hot chocolate
7. Southwest S'mores                                      

8. Spicy chocolate chip cookies
9. Dip strawberries in Carolina's                    

10. Add to braised short ribs and favorite Mole sauces

Carolina's Chocolate Fabulous Wine Pairings and More:

Any favorite fruit filled reds make for a wonderful experience.


Spicy Sonoran: Oak Ridge Zinfandel AV Reserve Lodi, Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz,  Senorio de Nava Crianza, Spanish. Try a Syrah, fruity old vine Zin or blend

Jalisco Jalapeno: Pair this creamy vanilla chocolate with Prosecco, Champagne, and             

citrusy Rose
 

Smokey Joe: The deep rich chocolate and smokey heat blend beautifully with Spanish    

Rioja, Italian  Chianti, bold red blends, Cabernet or Cabernet Sauvignon, my favorites.


How  about a beer? Yes! A chip of Spicy Sonoran or Smokey Joe with a Stout  or Porter enhances the caramel and undertones of the beer. Try a  Lindermans Framboise with the two dark chocolates, lovely.
                                

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Carolina's Chocolate Vendors

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​Found at all the following locations

AJ's Fine Foods All locations in Phoenix and Tucson www.ajsfinefoods.com 


Art House Centro 186 N. Meyer Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701     520-620-1725  www.oldtownartisans.com 

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Blue Adobe Grille 144N Country Club Dr. Mesa, AZ          480-962-1000 www.Originalblueadobe.com


Eddies Country Store​  1753 E White Mountain Blvd. Pinetop, AZ 85935 

The Loft Cinema 3233 E Speedway Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85716         520-795-0844 www.loftcinema.org


Native Seeds​​ 3061 N. Campbell Ave. Tucson, AZ                        602-230-7015   www.nativeseeds.com

 

Santa Cruz Chili & Spice 1868 I-19 Frontage Rd, Tumacaccori, AZ  1 502 398 2591 www.santacruzchili.com


Sphinx Date Co. Palm and Pantry  3039 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale AZ 8251 ​800-482-3283 www.sphinxdateranch.com 


Tracy Dempsey Originals 1325 W. University Dr. Tempe, AZ 85281

602-376-9021 www.Tracydempseyoriginals.com 


Tohono Chul Gardens. Galleries. Bistro7366 N. Paseo Norte, Tucson, AZ 85704  

520-742-6455 Tohonochul.org 

Tops Liquors 403 W. University Dr. Tempe, AZ                           480-967-5643​   www.topsliquors.com 


Tucson Botanical Garden 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712 520-326-9686   www.tucsonbotanical.org

United Nations Association Center 6242 E Speedway Blvd. Tucson, AZ    520-881-7060        www.unasatucson.org  


Carolina's Chocolate Flavors

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Spicy Sonoran is %64 cocoa, cinnamon and cayenne chili. The perfect cup of Mexican Hot chocolate in a bite.

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Jalisco Jalapeno is %31 cocoa butter, cinnamon and Jalapeno.  The silky smoothness blossoms into cinnamon, vanilla, cream and butter then  ends in smolding sweet heat of jalapeno. Remarkable.


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Smokey Joe is %70 dark rich chocolate that envelopes the toungue then sweetens as the chili transforms the flavor to a heated smoky finish.

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Salty Senorita is %64 of perfectly balanced chocolate and sea salt. 

It's Hot in Arizona!

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It's Hot in Arizona!

Due to the heat, No shipping is availble at this time. Shipping will only be November - March for on-line orders.  Thank you

Chocolate Facts

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Carolina's Chocolate is certified: Gluten Free,

Non-GMO, Fair Trade, Sunflower Lecithin, 

Is produced in location where nuts are used

Jalisco Jalapeno uses Dairy, the rest do not.

Publications

Phoenix H&G Magazine, May 2019

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Carolina's Chocolate

1039 West Mountain View Drive, Mesa, Arizona 85201, United States

(480) 890-8788

Ltoon2@cox.net

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Lisa Caroline Jaimes-Toon


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