What is Chicaoji?

The Taste?

Chicaoji Sauce uniquely features a blend of goji berries and cacao with smoky chipotles. Its complex flavor combines with a great diversity of foods as a condiment and as an ingredient in recipes. The mildly spicy heat level complements rather than dominates the flavor of food. Chicaoji deliciously weaves together sweet, sour, salt, bitter, savory and spicy.

Chicaoji touches the entire palate. It goes with dang near anything and makes just about any kind of food taste better.

  • The complex sweet and tart of the goji berries balances with the rich chocolate-ty bitterness of the cacao.
  • Agave nectar’s sweetness balances apple cider vinegar’s tartness.
  • The complex flavor of Celtic Sea Salt weaves all the flavors together.
  • The smoky chipotles provide a medium” heat level of spiciness, accenting rather than dominating the complex flavor. People who “don’t like spicy food” often enjoy Chicaoji’s heat level.

How spicy?



Chicaoji is made with GMO-free, gluten-free and certified organic ingredients. It contains no artificial colors, flavorings, preservatives or additives of any kind.

A brief description:

  • Goji berries are little red fruits used for many centuries in Chinese medicine, very high in vitamins and antioxidants with a sweet, tart, and slightly bitter flavor; a “Superfood” commonly used in health beverages, trail mixes, and really yummy chocolates.
  • Cacao Nibs is the seed used to make all chocolates. Raw cacao has a very complex, somewhat bitter flavor and smooth texture. Cacao is naturally higher in antioxidants than most foods.
  • Chipotle Chiles are smoked jalapeños used for their deliciously complex flavor and spicy heat. The smoking process enhances and preserves flavors lost in dried chilies. Many who “don’t like spicy” foods like Chicaoji.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar  provides delicious nourishment.
  • Agave Nectar provides natural sweetness with a low glycemic index; made from the juice of the agave plant.
  • Maple Syrup is another natural sweetener that some folks prefer over agave. Maple syrup production is a fairly low impact sustainable source of good food.
  • Celtic Sea Salt®  is whole salt from a pristine coastal region of France containing a natural balance of minerals and trace elements that help create electrolytes. It is hand harvested and dried by the wind and sun. Celtic Sea Salt is recommended by health professionals and culinary chefs.
  • Water

Why these ingredients?

I believe food is medicine. I selected Chicaoji’s ingredients because of their flavor, nutrition and reputation for being beneficial to health. Let me be clear, I do not make any health claims for Chicaoji. The food itself makes all necessary claims by being what it is.
Our food choices affect our health. I selected excellent ingredients for Chicaoji.

I chose all organically produced ingredients for their quality and sustainability. Organic food production is important to us as individuals and as a society. Supporting sustainable and organic food production gives each of us a powerful vote for sustainable and organic farming. Our choices make a difference. How we spend our money may be the most powerful vote we possess in this society.

Where’s home?

Lopez Island, Washington. See Story of Chicaoji.


No, Chicaoji is certified shelf stable before and after opening.

What is up with that name?

I invented the name using the main ingredients:

  • CHIpotles
  • caCAO
  • goJI

became…CHI~CAO~JI   Pronounced “chick-OW-jee” .

The name illustrates a lesson learned by a start-up entrepreneur, i.e., the difference between “clever” and “smart”.

It’s “clever” to create a new word by mixing up fragments of other words but…it’s not so “smart” to name a product that people struggle to spell or even say! However you say it, it’s still pretty darn good sauce.

Shake it well!!!