This small bean-to-bar chocolate company produce their bars with the highest quality ingredients for a rich flavorful payoff. Owners David and Corey Menkes handle the entire process themselves, starting with sourcing the best cacao beans they can find.
They are the first bean-to-bar company to emerge in Los Angeles, California and have been introducing customers to their small-batch chocolate bars since 2014. Crafting their chocolate on a very small scale means they can take the time to produce the type of quality you won’t find in industrial brands.
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It’s time for another installment of For the Love of Making Chocolate. We were able to get in touch with Anna Davies from Ritual Chocolate, an artisan bean-to-bar small batch chocolate company located in Park City, UT. In our interview, we discovered how Ritual Chocolate uses European chocolate-making techniques to elevate the experience of savoring chocolate. We also get into their sustainability efforts. Everything in their process has been thought out in order to maximize the resources available to them. For example, their factory was designed with the natural heat produced by the sun in mind, so they can use this as a heat source of keeping their chocolate melted during production.
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Chocolate has a story to tell. Listening to and telling this story is the driving force behind The Cocoa Forge. We recently got to talk to Susan Fitch, the chocolate-maker behind The Cocoa Forge, based in Port Townsend, WA. Susan uses her innate curiosity in folklore, herbalism, and science to derive high-quality, nuanced chocolate that embodies her spirit of adventure and storytelling.
Every element of The Cocoa Forge story is focused on creating a unique experience. From their new home in a historic building that used to be a blacksmith forge and brewery. Their cacao is shipped via Sail Cargo. The cacao itself is ethically produced in limited quantities. Each bar produced is fine-flavor, single origin chocolate made from heirloom cacao beans. Each of these details are important for realizing how special and thoughtfully produced this chocolate is.
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As chocolate-lovers, we are very excited to work with chocolate makers who highlight the wellness properties of chocolate. That is why we are so excited to get to speak to Sage Dammers from the health-conscious powerhouse known as Addictive Wellness. Addictive Wellness blends the pure enjoyment of delicious chocolate with the healing, medicinal ingredients of superherbs and superfoods such as such as Lucuma, Cordyceps, Reishi Mushroom, and Ashwagandha, all used in global traditions and cultures the world over.
Sage and his partner AnnaBlanca have taken their combined experiences and knowledge to produce delicious and powerful chocolate products that complement a lifestyle that embodies both mindful and healthful indulgence and in their words, they aim to “infuse their love for each other, for life, for nature, and the desire to help everyone live their own version of the ultimate life.” They have created their chocolate to be vegan and free of sugar, gluten, GMOs, soy, dairy, and nuts, ensuring that no matter your diet or lifestyle, you are free to indulge.
At Addictive Wellness, they are careful to source their ingredients with producers who pay their workers better than fair trade wages, ensuring the quality of their product and ethical impact of their chocolate is at the forefront of their brand.
How often do we get to indulge in a healthful treat that promotes our well-being as well as the well-being of the whole world?
Kiva Confections, based in Oakland, California, creates cannabis infused artisan chocolates that serve patients looking for alternative ways of consuming their medicinal cannabis. Their dedication to efficiency, safety, and quality make them the leader in a progressive, burgeoning market.
In 2010, Founders Scott Palmer and Kristi Knoblich set out to become pioneers in the medicinal cannabis market by meticulously crafting some of California’s most highly regarded edibles. Their market requires a high degree of accuracy, consistency, and definition - a perfect challenge for the precision and craft of Micelli's polycarbonate injection molds. The fine ingredients and skillful craft to making their chocolates mirrors the integrity of Kiva Confections– to produce quality products that promote quality treatment.
Recently, we reached out to our friends at Kiva Confections to understand how they have found their sweet-spot in a budding industry.
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Art Pollard, founder of Amano Artisan Chocolate, is a hands-on kind of guy with a keen eye for quality and a passion for connecting with farmers and getting to the source of the bean. He travels the world looking for the highest quality cacao beans and searching for the farmers that grow with their hearts.
Based in Utah’s Wasatch Mountain range in the heart of the Rockies, Amano is dedicated to creating some of the world’s most exquisite chocolate through traditional techniques. “Amano means ‘by hand’ and ‘they love’ in Italian, and that describes the care and perfection that Amano brings to chocolate and in turn to the people who savor it.”
Pollard visits plantations, forms deep and long-lasting relationships with farmers, and even helps them improve their processes to raise the standard of their cacao beans.
Recently, we sat down with Art Pollard of Amano Artisan Chocolate to discover how he got his start and what drives him to continue searching the world for the best cacao.
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While we are well equipped to bring even the wildest imaginations to life, we are continuously impressed and inspired by the ideas our clients bring to us to execute.
When founders Adam Dick and Dustin Taylor of Dick Taylor Chocolate came to us, we knew it was not innovation, but tradition, that drove this duo to create.
When they got their start, they were fueled by the desire to disrupt the mass produced chocolate bar industry with a focus on high quality ingredients that enhance the rich flavor of the chocolate.
Read the full interview here and learn why Dick Taylor Chocolate changing the “bean to bar” game.