Kakao Chocolate Launches Something New for 10th Anniversary: Mole Sauce


Right, a shredded chicken thigh with mole sauce and sesame seeds. Left, vegan, gluten-free enchiladas topped with mole. - HAYLEY ABSHEAR
  • Hayley Abshear
  • Right, a shredded chicken thigh with mole sauce and sesame seeds. Left, vegan, gluten-free enchiladas topped with mole.

The tenth anniversary of Kakao Chocolate's founding is coming up, and the business wanted to do something special. Instead of its traditional chocolate treats, the St. Louis chocolatier launched a mole sauce — a 28-ingredient version of the earthy, savory and very chocolate-y sauce used in Mexican cooking. It can be used for everything from scrambled eggs to pulled pork.

The sauce launched yesterday, April 18, and Kakao will be selling small mason jars and samples at the Tower Grove Farmer's Market and the St. Louis Earth Day Festival in Forest Park.

After that, it will be in Kakao's two retail stores, followed by select retailers in the St. Louis region. The company expects serious demand, says Kakao found Brian Pelletier.

"We're going to sell lots and lots of it," Pelletier says. "It's a different kind of flavor."

Slow roasted pork chili with mole sauce - HAYLEY ABSHEAR
  • Hayley Abshear
  • Slow roasted pork chili with mole sauce

Mole sauce is something new for a St. Louis manufacturer — and even beyond that, Kakao's is unique, with its own special recipe.

"It's not a traditional Midwestern thing and that is one of the reasons why we wanted to make it at Kakao," Pelletier says. "People enjoy having fun and trying things outside the box."

Pelletier began the chocolatier ten years ago this June. Starting off with a windowless basement and Pelletier as the only employee, Kakao now has two stores and 21 employees who help out with projects and products, including the mole sauce and the upcoming anniversary celebrations.

One of those employees is Amanda Calvert, who developed the sauce. The mole is delicious, she says, and shouldn't be saved just for special occasions. "It can be eaten on a Tuesday. You can enjoy the wonderful sauce any time," she says.

Kakao is working on a few more things for its ten-year celebration, including more experiments with their most popular caramel and chocolate products. The mole should kick off a full roster of projects, Pelletier says.

"Mole has always been one of my favorite foods," he says. "It's a really great thing and really complex. It's a really unique product."

  • Hayley Abshear

We’re keeping you informed…
...and it’s what we love to do. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, Riverfront Times has been keeping St. Louis informed for years.

It’s never been more important to support local news sources. A free press means accountability and a well-informed public, and we want to keep our unique and independent reporting available for many, many years to come.

If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to Riverfront Times. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture. Thank you.