They’re called The Knights Templar.
That’s not an Assassin’s Creed reference. They’re a vicious drug cartel that the Mexican government has been chasing for years. There was a $2 million bounty on the head of their leader, Servando Gómez Martínez. He had evaded authorities even as they captured and killed all the other leaders of this ruthless gang.
And then, in February 2015, they finally caught him.
He was eating, what he said, was the best Mexican chocolate cake he’d ever had.
Or at least it was the last Mexican chocolate cake he’d ever have.
Fact & Fiction
OK before I continue, I have to let you know that he didn’t say it was the best Mexican chocolate cake he’d ever eaten. I’m not sure if he actually had a Mexican chocolate cake at all. I do know he had a chocolate cake, and it was the reason he got caught.
Servando wanted a chocolate cake for his birthday, which was on February 6. His girlfriend brought him one. He was hiding in a small village, a village that found itself surrounded by authorities in the early morning hours that same day. They captured him without firing a single shot.
How did the chocolate cake lead to his arrest?
Authorities saw his girlfriend making the delivery.
I think it’s safe to say he didn’t really think that through.
Where It Gets Muddy
I’m reading conflicting accounts of this story. According to The Daily Mail, he was arrested on February 27th. The chocolate cake delivery raised the authority’s suspicions, so they kept watch on the farm he was hiding in. Some other accounts blame his body guard for making a call that the authorities picked up on. Either way, all of the headlines are the same: this guy got caught because of a chocolate cake.
You can read up on the entire story by Googling it. It’s a serious matter. This guy has terrorized Mexico for years. The pubic actually began to administer vigilante justice against them. Then the government got involved, taking control of the situation as best they could.
Most of the other leaders of the cartel have been captured or killed. Servando was the last one. He was wanted in both Mexico and the US. And now he’s no longer a threat, because he wanted a chocolate cake.
It may not have been the best Mexican chocolate cake he’d ever eaten. It may not have even been a Mexican chocolate cake. But it was the last chocolate cake he’ll ever have.
Cue the maniacal laughter.
What Did You Learn?
Even drug lords love chocolate.
But, while reading this story, I discovered something else: Mexican chocolate.
I had no idea that Mexican chocolate existed. I read up on the history of it, and how people ate it traditionally. A lot of the recipes I saw required adding red or cayenne pepper and cinnamon. It’s supposed to have a kick to it.
Mexican hot chocolate is made with solid blocks of chocolate and milk. This is a perfect time to tell you why I don’t like milk. I mentioned it in this post, and promised you I’d tell you the story later. Now is later.
A few months ago our refrigerator was acting up. I was in the habit of drinking lactose-free milk, which lasts much longer than regular milk. It has a shelf life of about 4-6 weeks or more. I was good with that. I baked and ate a lot of cereal so I wanted to keep milk on hand.
Well while we were trying to get the fridge fixed, my milk spoiled, but I didn’t know it. I smelled it but I didn’t smell anything. I poured it in a glass and it looked fine. There were no curds or anything. But then I drank it and it tasted exactly like acid.
This happened to me twice. Now the thought of cow’s milk makes my stomach churn and my gag reflex kicks in. So I don’t drink it anymore.
I’m only mentioning this because I wanted to try traditional Mexican hot chocolate, but I don’t think chocolate melts well in nut milk. I could be wrong. Right now we drink either cashew or almond milk, but I don’t want to risk it.
So instead, I started looking for traditional Mexican chocolate cake recipes. I found one that’s traditional and vegan-friendly. I plan on making it within the next week. I just need to pick up some strawberries.
I have never had spicy chocolate before. I’m curious to try this out and see how it tastes. I’ve read a lot of blog posts about how traditional Mexican chocolate recipes stirs up nostalgia and feelings of home, so I’m anxious to try it out. Maybe I can find some recipes for Mexican hot chocolate that are vegan friendly.
Tell me what you think about the cartel leader story or your experiences with Mexican chocolate in the comments below.
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