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My Story

In the early 1990's, as a student of cultural anthropology, I found part-time work as an apprentice to a chocolatier in San Francisco. After a year, I became the new owner of the factory, and I chose to explore the all-too-rare possibilities of environmental and social responsibility within the cacao trade, while also researching the history and mythology of cacao.

I was captivated by the little known Maya origins of cacao, and I decided to develop a meaningful product which would honor and teach this history. After noticing the way in which wet chocolate tends to fall into shapes that resemble Maya hieroglyphs, I was struck by the initial idea to create the Haab glyphs in chocolate, and I began to sculpt. I resolved to find more responsible sources of chocolate, but found none. Meanwhile, I continued to research the Haab and the Maya connection to cacao in order to provide adequate and reliable cultural information. What I found would lead me to close the factory and pursue my doctorate.

But this idea was too good just to let slip away. Now that good sources of equitably traded, organic chocolate are more readily available, and my research is more complete, the time has come for chocolate glyphs. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did creating them.

Due to my current teaching schedule (in 2010), I will only be making these chocolate glyphs for special orders during the winter holidays. However, I look forward to the possibility of expanding my business in the future, and including online ordering. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

- Michael J. Grofe, Ph.D.