Chocolate lovers, rejoice. Here in Oaxaca chocolate is not relegated to the lands of desserts only. Nope, Oaxaca is the land of chocolate (in far-back times the cacao bean was a currency here!) ? ? Long before it became a sweet food around the world it was being used here as both a drink instead of coffee in the morning, as well as a savoury ingredient in mole sauces. ? ? Oaxaca is the land of seven moles, but mole negro is arguable the most well known (and one of my two favourites!) ? ? It's bitter, spicy and sweet all at once. ? ? A blend of smoked red chillies, burnt bread, Oaxacan chocolate, raisins and up to as many as 20+ other ingredients slow cooked, sometimes for hours or days, gives mole negro it's incredible depth of flavour. ? ? Typically you'd eat it over chicken or turkey, like pictures. But it also comes inside tamales, as a flavour for chocolates or icecreams, and even in some particularly creative mezcal cocktail recipes!

Chocolate lovers, rejoice. Here in Oaxaca chocolate is not relegated to the lands of desserts only. Nope, Oaxaca is the land of chocolate (in far-back times the cacao bean was a currency here!) ?
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Long before it became a sweet food around the world it was being used here as both a drink instead of coffee in the morning, as well as a savoury ingredient in mole sauces. ?
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Oaxaca is the land of seven moles, but mole negro is arguable the most well known (and one of my two favourites!) ?
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It's bitter, spicy and sweet all at once. ?
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A blend of smoked red chillies, burnt bread, Oaxacan chocolate, raisins and up to as many as 20+ other ingredients slow cooked, sometimes for hours or days, gives mole negro it's incredible depth of flavour. ?
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Typically you'd eat it over chicken or turkey, like pictures. But it also comes inside tamales, as a flavour for chocolates or icecreams, and even in some particularly creative mezcal cocktail recipes!

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