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  PRIVILEGE 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 Mayan and  Aztec Cultures. 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. 

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 smoldering sweet heat of jalapeno. Remarkable.


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Smokey Joe is %70 dark rich chocolate that envelopes the tongue 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. 

Holy Mole! darkest at %78 cocoa.

Ancho chili, spices, salt and pumpkin seeds  finish savory and war

Holy Mole! darkest at %78 cocoa.

Ancho chili, spices, salt and pumpkin seeds. Savory and warm finish.


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Las Abuelas is %73 of rich silky cocoa with Pasilla Negra chili. A deep raisin flavor with the mildest spicy finish.

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 

   

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


Prickley Pear Inn/Grumpy Ole Mule Mercahntile   6268 E. Cave Creek Rd. AZ 85331  480-488-2616

 

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  


Fall Events 2019

October 4

AJ's Fine Foods Tasting

11:00 - 2:00pm

La Encantada

Event Details

October 4

AJ's Fine Foods Tasting

Introducing Carolina's Chocolate newest flavors, Holy Mole! and Las Abuelas. Come and experience the richness of Mole,  a savory complex mix of Ancho chili herbs and spices with a hint of salt and pumpkin seeds. Las Abuelas is %73 cocoa of chocolate depth with Pasilla Negra Chili that finishes with a sweet raisin warmth.

11:00 - 2:00pm

La Encantada

Oct 5th

UNA Center Tasting

11:00 - 2:00 pm

6242 E. Speedway Blvd, Tucson AZ 85712

Event Details

Oct 5th

UNA Center Tasting

Come shop amoung beautiful gifts from around the world and sample all of Carolina's Chocolate. What a treat!

www.unasatucson.org

11:00 - 2:00 pm

6242 E. Speedway Blvd, Tucson AZ 85712

Oct 17th

Sphinx Date night

5pm - 7pm

Sphinx Date Co. 30309 N. Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Event Details

Oct 17th

Sphinx Date night

50 years of select premium dates from the valley served with a variety of local products, such as Carolina's Chocolate.  Wine tasting, sampling and shopping, makings of a fun evening. See you there. wwww.phixdateranch.com


5pm - 7pm

Sphinx Date Co. 30309 N. Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Oct 23rd

Best of 2019 Phoenix Magazine Presents

7pm - 11pm

7380 E. Second St. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Event Details

Oct 23rd

Best of 2019 Phoenix Magazine Presents

Taste, sip and sample the Best of Phoenix magazine winners in one lavish event. Proceeds benefits the Arizona Humane Society.  Tickets are on sale now, $50 to $125  Call Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 480-499-8587

https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/emagazine-celebrates-best-of-the-valley-awards/

7pm - 11pm

7380 E. Second St. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Oct 24th & 25th

Tuscon's Chiles, Chocolate & Day of the Dead

9am - 4pm

7366 N. Paseo del Norte Tucson, AZ 85704

Event Details

Oct 24th & 25th

Tuscon's Chiles, Chocolate & Day of the Dead

Come and join the festivities at the Tohono Chul Botanical Gardens. Sample the many chili offerings and of course Carolina's Chocolate. Music, Art, Spirits of both kinds, and fun in the garden's venues.

tohonochul.org 


9am - 4pm

7366 N. Paseo del Norte Tucson, AZ 85704

More Events

Shipping and Facts


Flavors of Heritage

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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Best Of Phoenix 2019

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What a surprise!

Phoenix Magazibe August, 2019 

Best of the Valley


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Fabulously Intriguing

Quality chocolate with the most intersting combinations of chili and spice.

Each flavor unique and delicious, finishing with a sultry warmth that lingers after it has melted away.



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Pick some up near you today

Go to listed Vendors above to find your favorite flavor

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Thank You! Tucson H & G /Lifestyle Magazine September 2019

Carolina's Chocolate is Heating UP!

Be sure to Friend Carolina's Chocolate on Face Book for the many holiday events starting this October in both Phoenix and Tucson. Local First AZ is loaded with food, fun and musical markets and Carolina's Chocolate will be there.  Can't make it? The online market opens in November,  mark your calendars now. Thank you!

Publications

Phoenix H&G Magazine, May 2019

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State Fare

Explores Arizona's community of artisan makers, bakers, butchers and everything in between.

Sonoran Charcuterie Experience

Building your masterpiece with local valley fare is half the fun.

Building your masterpiece is half the fun.

Add Carolina's Chocolate

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Wine, cheese and chocolate are  the keys to a lovely experience, choose local and make it memorable.


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About Me

%100 Arizonan

Born and raised in Mesa. Graduate of Mesa Schools, Go Warriors! Sun Devil Grad 84', Masters in Ed. NAU 92'.  Junior High history teacher for 15 yrs.

New Direction

Husband and two girls later, Lisa  needs a new creative outlet.  I head to Scottsdale Community College for an AA in Culinary. Loved it! Began Lisa's Catering and Cakes 2004. After catering parties, weddings, aniversaries and more, making hundreds of beautiful cakes and providing the personal service I am proud of, another 15 years go by.

One More Chapter

Around 2014 the idea of chocolate continues to get my attention. I  create three chocolate recipes in 2015.  No idea how to brand or name the candy, I come across a picture of my grandmother, my mentor, my inspiration. In 2016 I design the label, the brand and begin cold calling on possible vendors. 2017 AJ's Fine Foods calls, and so began my new journey in the world of chocolate.

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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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