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Cacao Mexican Chocolate

Cacao Mexican Chocolate


 For 5000 years the Cacao bean has been in Mexico including cultures along the Yucatan like the Mayans.

A Spanish soldier who was part of the conquest of Mexico by Cortes tells that when Montezuma II, emperor of the Aztecs, dined, he took no other beverage than chocolate flavored with vanilla or other spices. His chocolate was whipped into a froth that dissolved in the mouth. No fewer than 60 portions each day reportedly may have been consumed by Moctezuma II.



Chocolate was introduced to Europe by the Spanish and it became a popular beverage by the mid-17th century. They didn’t use sugar in the recipe until the Europeans added it hundreds of years later.

Nowadays, Mexicans enjoy their hot cocoa as a nightly treat with sweetbreads (pan dulce) and during the Day of the Dead celebrations you can find all manner of Mexican chocolate in the shape of skeletons and skulls.






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Day of the Dead Altars and their Meanings


Mexican Altars are used as a way to remember or honor a family member or loved one, a special saint, or a special time or remembrance. Altars have been apart of the Mexican culture since Cortez and his Spanish troops came to Mexico. The altars can be made from wood, paper or an old cigar box. They are colorful, inspirational, religious, or just plain fun.

Altars play a huge part in the Day of the Dead celebrations. As part of the Day of the Dead celebration it is believed that the dead are allowed to return to Earth. The altars are made to help guide the spirits of the dead to the homes of  the loved ones. The sweet smell of flowers, the candle light and the colors of the altar all help to guide the spirit home!




That is why the altars are filled with brightly colored marigolds. Colorful decorations, like Papel Picados and blankets. Tons of food, sweets, and drinks are also laid out on the altars. The altars are also filled with incense and candles. Mementos of the deceased loved one is also placed on the altars. Like pictures, their favorite piece of clothing, their favorite foods etc.  All these altars are true works of art!

Coast Hwy Traders has Day of the Dead candles, colorful papel picados, Day of the Dead statues, crafts and much more. Come in to a local small business and purchase all your “Real” Day of the Dead merchandise from artists and not Box Stores!!

Below is a great picture of the altar and the meanings behind each item…..






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How to Make Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead

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The spirit of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is that we honor our loved ones that have passed, but we are not afraid of death and we honor life by living it. That is why you will see people dress up in skull masks (calacas) and spend days cleaning and decorating the graves of families members and prepare amazing altars to welcome their dead loved ones.



Day of the Dead calaveras (skulls)

Sugar Skulls are a large part of the Day of the Dead altars and celebrations. In Mexico families spend most of October preparing their sugar skulls that they will use to adorn their altars (oferendas) and grave sites. These sugar skulls are beautifully decorated and are all made by hand. They represent  the loved ones that have passed while honoring their life. That is why they are decorated with brightly colored icing, foil and feathers. They are not morbid or scary but more of a reminder that death is apart of life and that life is beautiful and fun and meant to be lived.


decorated sugar skulls


How to Make Sugar Skulls

Ingredients:  (for a 5 pound bag of granulated sugar)

A 5 pound bag of granulated sugar

1/4 cup of Meringue powder

10 teaspoons of water

Mix the meringue powder and sugar together and then add your water.

Fill your sugar skull molds with sugar mixture

Then turn out on cardboard and let them sit overnight.

Then decorate with icing, foil and feathers.

This recipe will yield 5 large sugar skulls or 20 medium skulls or

100 mini skulls

sugar skull molds

Coast Hwy Traders has all you need to make your sugar skulls.

Including different styles of sugar skull molds and we also have chocolate molds!



And if you do not have time to make your own sugar skulls Coast Hwy Traders will have pre-made sugar skulls direct from Mexico at the store after October 10th 2013. But hurry they sell quickly!!!

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Coast Hwy Traders is the best Day of the Dead

(Dia de los Muertos) store in the San Diego area!!!


Why do we say this……????

Coast Hwy Traders takes pride in the fact that the owner travels far into Mexico to find the most unique Dia de los Muertos merchandise. We bring Mexico’s beautiful culture, artistry, art, and traditions to you.


 Our wide range of Day of the Dead merchandise includes traditional figurines, crafts, novelty items and much more.

Our large selection of skulls (Calavera’s) and skeleton figures (Calacas) in all styles, people and occupations is the most authentic and traditional you will find in San Diego County.


Our Calacas or skeleton figures include Elvis, surfers, office professionals, bride and groom, nativity scenes, mermaids, the Beatles, pirates and much more. Coast Hwy Traders Dia de Los Muertos skeletons range from small to large sizes and ceramic to paper mache.


Dia de Los Muertos merchandise also includes:

Day of the Dead calendars

Day of the Dead paper dolls and coloring books

Dia de Los Muertos shadow boxes

Day of the Dead bags and purses

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull molds and ingredients

For over 15 years we have been committed to carrying the most unique quality Mexican Folk art and traditional Day of the Dead merchandise. Let Coast Hwy Traders be your one and only store  for Day of the Dead Merchandise in San Diego County