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"On this episode of ‘Handmade,’ master chocolate maker Carolina Quijano walks us through her chocolate-making process, from hand selecting the best cocoa beans in the world to the roasting process to grinding, sifting, molding, and more. The result is pure and delicious chocolate from her shop Exquisito Chocolates in Miami. "
How Miami’s Chocolate Master Creates the Perfect Bar of Chocolate
Eater - March 14, 2020
"S'mores are great, and locally made latin s'mores from Exquisito Fine Chocolates in Florida are even greater."
The Best Locally Made Gift in Each of the 50 States
Travel + Leisure - December 06, 2017
"Miami doesn’t lack much, but it was without a chocolate factory — until now."
Miami-bound for a fling before the ring? Here’s what’s new in the ‘Vegas of the East’
The Boston Globe - February 12, 2019
"No trip to the Little Havana neighbourhood would be complete without visiting Miami’s first chocolate factory, Exquisito."
11 of the best places to eat and drink in Miami
Good Housekeeping - October 11, 2018
"On Southwest Eighth Street and 27th Avenue, Carolina Quijano is making her chocolate dreams come true."
Cuban coffee, cigars and chocolate? Little Havana opens a new chocolate factory
Miami Herald - May 15, 2018
"Miami’s restaurant scene continues to thrive in large part due to all the talented ladies running many of its go-to eateries."
Support These Female-Owned Restaurants & Businesses in Miami
Rachel Ray Every Day - March 13, 2019
"Though the Miami menu is still in development, the Panther Coffee flavor will possibly entail a dark roast that’s cooked into the ice cream and combined with locally-made Exquisito chocolate and rum tres leches cake."
This Beloved Portland Ice Cream Shop Is Finally Hitting the East Coast
Food & Wine - October 02, 2019
"Miami’s very first chocolate factory is in the heart of Little Havana."
The 21 Essential Restaurants to Visit in Little Havana
Eater Miami - January 15, 2019
"She turns her ethically sourced Latin American and Caribbean cacao beans into indulgent bites of happiness."
The Indulge 25: People, Places, Dishes and Drinks that are Firing Up Miami’s Food Scene
Indulge - February 07, 2018
"It's been three years since Carolina Quijano left her six-figure salary in finance to pursue chocolate-making."
Exquisito Chocolate Factory Opens Retail Store in Little Havana
Miami New Times - May 18, 2018
"Whether you love your chocolate creamy, rich, spicy, or with a touch of sea salt, there’s a hot cocoa mix waiting to be enjoyed."
Haute Chocolate: 10 Best Hot Cocoas
Men's Journal - February 03, 2016
"We’re dealing with the top 5% quality cacao available in the world. "
Craft chocolate arrives in Little Havana
University of Miami Alumni Association
"Carolina Quijano es la única persona en la ciudad que elabora el chocolate directamente del grano."
Abre en La Pequeña Habana la primera fábrica de chocolate de Miami
El Nuevo Herald - June 04, 2018
"The Confidante is the only place in the world you’ll find this indulgent scrub made by Exquisito Chocolates in Little Havana."
The Confidante Miami Beach offers New Year’s relaxation — with chocolate
7 News Miami - January 03, 2019
"Carolina Quijano designed her open factory concept so that people can see exactly each step in the process."
A Journey through the New Exquisito Chocolates
Edible South Florida - May 05, 2018
"The Haute Chocolate collection at Exquisito Chocolates is made with high quality 73 percent Hacienda Victoria cacao."
13 Decadent Hot Chocolates to Sip in Miami, 2019 Edition
Eater Miami - January 23, 2019
"Exquisito Fine Chocolates is a bean to bar factory making all sorts of delicious chocolates made with only quality ingredients."
Saturday Sweets: Exquisito Fine Chocolates Opens Miami's First Chocolate Factory in Little Havana
MIAbites - May 19, 2018
"The food industry is a very tight-knit one, and taking time to build relationships with other chefs has been crucial to my success."
Why it makes sense to befriend rather than compete with other founders in your industry, With Carolina Quijano
Thrive Global - January 28, 2019
"Este sábado se celebra el Día Internacional del Chocolate y una tienda en La Pequeña Habana lo celebrará de una forma particular."
Exquisito Chocolates: un buen lugar para degustar el dulce en su Día Internacional
Telemundo - July 08, 2018
"Move over Willy Wonka — and make room for Miami’s Exquisito Chocolate."
Deco found a chocolate factory that’ll indulge your sweet tooth
- June 13, 2018
"And for serious sugar buffs, tours of the store’s on-site factory are also available."
9 Great Places to Load Up on Candy in South Florida
Eater Miami - October 26, 2018
"This chocolate shop takes its name seriously, with an emphasis on high-quality ingredients and the sacred craft of artisan desserts."
Miami's Ten Best Chocolate Shops for Valentine's Day
Miami New Times - February 09, 2016
"La revolución del chocolate se toma Miami."
"Just like the name suggests, Exquisito Chocolates are simply exquisite."
Calling All Chocolate Lovers: Exquisito Chocolates Joined Us For Wellness Wednesday!
Jackson Hall - August 23, 2018
"Guests staying at The Confidante can enjoy Exquisito Chocolates as an additional in-room amenity for purchase."
The Confidante Miami Beach and Exquisito Chocolates Launch Chocolate Truffle Collaboration
Miami's Community Newspapers - July 17, 2018
"They source their cacao from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala and Haiti, and everything is crafted in Miami."
MIAMI: Inside The Exquisito Chocolate Factory In Little Havana
Cheryl Tiu - November 09, 2018
"It takes us four days to make a single batch of chocolate and we wouldn't have it any other way."
Exquisito Fine Chocolates Wins Food Innovation Pitch Night
Edible South Florida - September 29, 2017
"What’s more festive than champagne? How about chocolates with champagne?"
The 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Miami Food Lovers
Eater Miami - November 20, 2017
"Trufas de chocolate con champán."
Que Riko con Kiko: Exquisito Chocolates
Telemundo - February 10, 2017
Video Coverage
Academy of Chocolate: Bronze Award 2018 - Henny for Your Thoughts Truffle (Category: Alcohol Ganache)
Academy of Chocolate: Bronze Award 2018 - Monte Grande Crew Bar (Category: Dark Bean to Bar Under 80%)
Academy of Chocolate: Bronze Award 2018 - Espress Yo-Self Truffle (Category: Fruit, Floral Spice or Infusion Ganache)
Academy of Chocolate: Bronze Award 2017 - "Who the Hell is Earl?" Bar (Category: Flavored Milk Chocolate Bar)
Slow Food Miami 2018; Recognized for Exemplary Effort in Support of Farm to Table Sourcing
2019 Annual ChamberSOUTH Business Excellence Award Finalist (Category: Innovation and Technology)
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