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About Us


Here at the Chocolate Cartel, we’re obsessed with one thing: Making the best tasting chocolate around. No fluff, no flair, just amazing recipes coupled with some of the finest cacao on the planet. We proudly put people to work, not machines, executing every step by hand.

Real chocolate addicts come back again and again for our stuff.  Why? Because our fans are tired of over-priced, mediocre product in a pretty package.

It all started in 2001, when Certified Master Chocolatier and Chef de Cuisine Scott J. Van Rixel opened a quaint chocolate shop in Taos, NM, complete with old jail cells converted to chocolate tasting rooms. His memorable chocolate confections immediately drew wild buzz from locals and visitors from all over. Soon after, his brother, Tim, joined him in New Mexico to continue the mission of creating simple, handmade creations that absolutely speak for themselves.  We moved the shop to Albuquerque, NM in 2009 where we continue giving people their fix, one addicting piece at a time.


We take pride in giving back to the community to support a wide variety of causes and interests. We are always open to donating to local schools, charities, and helping organizations. For donation requests, please email [email protected]

In 2018 so far, we have donated thousands of dollars worth of product and support to organizations including: Heading Home, Hope Works, Albuquerque Mountain Rescue, Family Promise, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, A peaceful Habitation, Valencia Country Literacy Council, Teen Challenge of New Mexico, Albuquerque Reads, New Mexico Brain Network, Wings for Life International, National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation, Mural Fest 2018, Sandia High School, Christina Kent Childhood Center, Casa Esperanza, and more!


We recently opened a new retail location, the Cartel Cafe in Old Town, ABQ. It’s located at 111 Romero St. NW. The Cafe serves coffee, gelato, sorbet, our chocolate confections, and packaged products. We have partnered with a local roasting company, Villa Myriam for our espresso to provide truly the best of what New Mexico has to offer in one place.



We’re always open to new wholesale partnerships. Please complete the form below and we will be in touch with you shortly.


Please send orders and questions to: [email protected] or call (505) 797-1193

Access wholesale documents here:

Wholesale Customer Application

Chocoalte Cartel Wholesale Product List
Valid Begining December 12, 2018

Van Rixel Bros Gelato & Sorbet Flavors
Valid: Nov. 15, 2018 – Jan. 15, 2019

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