Mole (Mo-Lay)

Mole is a rich sauce that contains a complex combination of flavors and ingredients such as roasted chilies, spices, and chocolate. Some moles do not even contain chocolate, but Chocolate Mayordomo's Mole Rojo and Negro contain just enough chocolate to give it a fine balance between sweet and savory. Mole is a derivation of the Nauhtl word molli meaning sauce or concoction. Legend has it that it was made by Sor Andrea de la Asuncion of the Santa Rosa Convent in Puebla de Los Angeles, México where she was instructed by the bishop to prepare an extra special dish for the visiting Viceroy of New Spain. The tradition of mole is deeply rooted in Mexican culture and is prepared for special gatherings such as weddings, Christmas and The Day of The Dead. The process of making mole can be very intense and can take up to many hours.

Chocolate Mayordomo

Mayordomo chocolate and mole do not contain any preservatives or artificial ingredients like other moles and chocolates. The mole comes from an artisan family recipe and the chocolate has a secret grinding process that extracts the chocolate liquor from the cacao bean. No other chocolate manufacturer continues the tradition of chocolate making like Chocolate Mayordomo.

Usage

Chocolate: Mayordomo chocolate is not eating chocolate. Mayordomo chocolate is primarily used for making delicious hot chocolate and baked goods that call for semisweet or bitter chocolate. For one mug of Mexican hot chocolate, break off a couple of tablets and melt it in a pot with some water or milk. Make sure to get a good foam using either a whisk or molinillo. This foam is important to Oaxacans as it represents the energy of the hot chocolate or the labor of love by the one who put forth the energy to make the hot chocolate. Before an early start in the morning, Oaxacan farmers drink a cup of foamed hot chocolate with some pan de yema (egg bread) for a source of energy. Mayordomo chocolate is not heavy and does not contain any preservatives and artificial flavorings. Mexican hot chocolate is light enough to drink for breakfast, an afternoon snack, and at night.

Mole: The mole comes as a paste. You should fry the paste in a pan to let out the complex flavors. After that, you can add some of your own ingredients or for a simpler mole, just add a bit of tomato sauce and some chicken broth. The mole should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, but not too thick. You can use it on top of chicken, enchiladas, or any type of meat aside some white rice and hot corn tortillas. Try adding different ingredients such as dried apricots or pineapples.

Chilies and Cacao

Mole Negro contain mostly roasted Mulato chili pods. Mulato is a cousin of the Ancho Chile and have a subtle chocolaty flavor. They are sweeter and richer than the Ancho Chile and are a perfect addition to the Mole Negro

Mole Rojo uses primarily guajillo chilies. Guajillo chilies are relatively mild chilies. They have a subtle sweetness with a relatively mild flavor.

70% of Mayordomo's cacao beans come from Tabasco, Mexico and 30% come from Chiapas. The key in making Chocolate Mayordomo chocolate is the grinding process and the combination of the different types of cacao beans which give it a distinct flavor that cannot be found in other chocolates.

Refrigeration

After the mole jar is opened, it can be kept in the refrigerator for four months. There is an expiration date on the mole jars and per the manufacturer, the mole is good 6 months after that date.

Mayordomo Chocolate should be kept in a cool dry place until ready to be eaten.

Other Varieties

We do not sell Mayordomo Mole Amarillo and Mole Verde in Oaxaca due to the perishable ingredients in those varieties. The varieties cannot take the long delivery time from Oaxaca to the United States.


Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca is the name of the state and city in Mexico. It is located south of Mexico City. Puerto Escondido, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world sits at the western side of the state. Oaxaca City is known for its color, people and gastronomical wonders. Its markets, Benito Juarez, and the largest one, Abastos Market, carry some of the most beautiful and freshest Hispanic ingredients and spices. Close to Oaxaca City, prehispanic wonders such as Monte Alban reveal the history of the ancient people in the area.