About Us

Small Beginnings


Xocoatl Chocolate, now the Chocolate Cartel began in Taos, New Mexico in 2001 by Certified Master Chocolatier and Chef de Cuisine Scott J. Van Rixel. Immediately his chocolate creations drew wild buzz from locals and visitors giving brother Tim, the opportunity to join the chocolate team soon after. Since then the Chocolate Cartel’s popularity has grown beyond New Mexico and throughout the U.S.

Global Reach



The Van Rixel brothers remain devoted to handcrafting superb chocolates using only the best, fairly traded chocolate and natural ingredients. Scott’s knowledge of ingredients, knack for flavor profiles and overall science of foods has led their creations to rival the finest chocolatiers from around the globe.


What Our Customers Think:

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Very Good Chocolate!

As out of town guests in Albuquerque, NM, I like to sample good chocolate. So we made a trek to this place to find out more good eats. On our way to the Sandia Resort & Casino, I made a special request to stop here. We tried the sea salted dark chocolate and the coconut dark chocolates. Very good chocolate! We bought a nice 12 piece box assortment for our hosts. So, I’m waiting to see if they like the nutty flavors. I would buy this chocolate for a special occasion or for a nice gift.

We tasted many flavors of their gelato at the Los Poblanos Farm. Lemon chiffon with lavender, dark chocolate, passion fruit with mango and french vanilla. All delicious, full flavors. Much better than regular ice cream! No artificial colors or flavors…Buy their gelato in single 4 oz or the pints!

K M. June 14, 2016

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