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Welcome to Flavors of Cacao! What you will find here:

  • COMING IN 2016 - Craft of Bean to Bar Project as seen in Dessert Professional
  • Chocolate Database - Includes a sortable database of over 1,600 plain dark chocolate bars tasted, catalogued and rated by the author of Flavors of Cacao. It is intended to be used as a resource and should be useful for someone planning a comparative tasting.
  • Review Guide - Describes the rationale behind the rating system used for the database.  In addition, you will find a printable template to be used for reviewing and taking notes on plain dark chocolate.
  • Experiencing Chocolate - An explanation on what might cause certain experiences we have when tasting fine chocolate.
  • Labeling Chocolate - An interesting comparison of packaging and the different ways companies describe their product. *NEW CONTENT ABOUT DEFINING CRAFT CHOCOLATE AND DECIPHERING COCOA PERCENTAGES*
  • About Flavor/Contact - A general overview on factors that contribute to and help shape the final flavor of plain dark chocolate. Contact information for the author can also be found here.

USA Craft Chocolate Makers
Updated: December 2015

 
  COMPANY NAME CITY STATE COUNTRY OWNER/ MAKER
1 Nutwhats Chandler Arizona U.S.A. Lisa Rast, Jim Rast
2 Chocofin Fountain Hills Arizona U.S.A. Lou Mirabella
3 Chocol'ate Old Bisbee Arizona U.S.A. Gordon Terpening
4 Brazen Phoenix Arizona U.S.A. Case Coniglio
5 Stone Grindz Scottsdale Arizona U.S.A. Kasey McCaslin
6 Zak's Scottsdale Arizona U.S.A. Jim & Maureen Elitzak
7 Kyya aka Forgotten Chocolate Elm Springs Arkansas U.S.A. Rick Boosey
8 Hello Cocoa Fayetteville Arkansas U.S.A. Lauren Blanco
9 Izard Little Rock Arkansas U.S.A. Nathaniel Izard
10 Dick Taylor Ascata California U.S.A. Adam Dick, Dustin Taylor
11 Bisou Berkeley California U.S.A. Tracey Britton and Eli Curtis
12 Guittard Burlingame California U.S.A. Gary Guittard
13 Snake & Butterfly Campbell California U.S.A. Celeste Walker and James Hull
14 Chocovivo Culver City California U.S.A. Patricia Tsai
15 Molucca Fresno California U.S.A. Yohanes Makmur and Radinal Latuconsina
16 ChocXO Irvine California U.S.A. Richard Foley
17 LetterPress Los Angeles California U.S.A. David Menkes
18 Bar Au Chocolat Manhattan Beach California U.S.A. Nicole Trutanich
19 Cello Nevada City California U.S.A. Ned and Debi Russell
20 Sacred Novato California U.S.A. Steve Adler
21 Bittersweet Origins Oakland California U.S.A. Seneca Klassen
22 Oakland Chocolate Co. Oakland California U.S.A. Nancy Nadel
23 Parliament Redlands California U.S.A. Ryan Berk
24 Marsatta Redondo Beach California U.S.A. Jeffray Gardner
25 Nibble San Diego California U.S.A. David Mejia & Sandra Bedoya
26 Dandelion San Francisco California U.S.A. Todd Masonis, Cameron Ring
27 TCHO San Francisco California U.S.A. Timothy Childs
28 Scharffen Berger San Francisco California U.S.A. John Scharffenberger, Robert Steinberg '97-'05
29 L'Amourette San Francisco California U.S.A. Andre V. Lamourette
30 twenty-four blackbirds Santa Barbara California U.S.A. Mike Orlando
31 Arete Santa Clara California U.S.A. David and Leslie Senk
32 Firefly Sebastopol California U.S.A. Jonas Ketterle
33 Starchild Willits California U.S.A. Ash and Brittany Maki
34 DeVries Denver Colorado U.S.A. Steve DeVries
35 Dead Dog Chocolate aka Pomm Denver Colorado U.S.A. Damaris Graves and Katelyn Fox
36 Nuance Fort Collins Colorado U.S.A. Toby and Alix Gadd
37 Castronovo Stuart Florida U.S.A. Denise Castronovo
38 Pinellas Tampa Bay Florida U.S.A. Cody
39 Condor Athens Georgia U.S.A. Peter and Nick Dale
40 Cacao Atlanta Atlanta Georgia U.S.A. Kristen Hard
41 Park 75 Atlanta Georgia U.S.A. Robert Gerstenecker
42 Xocolatl Atlanta Georgia U.S.A. Elaine Read and Matt Weyandt
43 Moloa'a Bay Anahola (Kaua'I) Hawai'I U.S.A. Daphne McClure
44 Madre Honolulu (Oahu) Hawai'I U.S.A. Nat Bletter
45 Lonahana Honolulu (Oahu) Hawai'I U.S.A. Seneca Klassen
46 Manoa Kailua (Oahu) Hawai'I U.S.A. Dylan Butterbaugh
47 Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory Kailua-Kona(Hawaii) Hawai'I U.S.A. Pam and Bob Cooper
48 Garden Island Chocolate aka Nanea Kilauea (Kauai) Hawai'I U.S.A. Koa Kahili
50 Shark's Papaikou (Hawaii) Hawai'I U.S.A. Thomas Sharkey
51 Noir d'Ebine Evanston Illinois U.S.A. Journey Shannon
52 Ethereal Confections Woodstock Illinois U.S.A. Mary Ervin, Sara Ervin
53 Bowler Man Michigan City Indiana U.S.A. Michael and Amanda Joyner
54 Davis Mishawaka Indiana U.S.A. Brent Davis
55 Violet Sky South Bend Indiana U.S.A. Hans and Alison Westerink
56 Cellar Door Chocolates Louisville Kentucky U.S.A. Erika Chavez-Graziano
57 Acalli Gretna Louisiana U.S.A. Carol Morse
58 Charm School Baltimore Maryland U.S.A. Joshua Rosen
59 Spagnvola Gaithersburg Maryland U.S.A. Eric and Crisoire Reid
60 Sibu Sura Myersville Maryland U.S.A. Julie McLean
61 Chequessett North Truro Massachusetts U.S.A. Katherine Reed, Josiah Mayo
62 Taza Somerville Massachusetts U.S.A. Alex Whitmore
63 Somerville Somerville Massachusetts U.S.A. Eric Parkes
64 Rogue Three Rivers Massachusetts U.S.A. Colin Gasko
65 Mindo Dexter Michigan U.S.A. Barbara Wilson, Joe Meza
66 Just Good Chocolate Leland Michigan U.S.A. Drew Warner, Nichole Warner
67 Peppalo Tecumseh Michigan U.S.A. John and Erika Aylward
68 Terroir Fergus Falls Minnesota U.S.A. Kristen and Josh
69 Meadowlands Meadowlands Minnesota U.S.A. Clyo Howard and Beryl Wells-Hamilton
70 K'ul Minneapolis Minnesota U.S.A. Peter Kelsey and Christian Aldrich
71 Patric Columbia Missouri U.S.A. Alan Mclure
72 Askinosie Springfield Missouri U.S.A. Shawn Askinosie
74 Burnt Fork Bend Stevensville Montana U.S.A. Jennifer Wicke
75 hexx Las Vegas Nevada U.S.A. Matthew Silverman
76 Source Chocolate Bow New Hampshire U.S.A. Samantha Fox
77 Vicuna Peterborough New Hampshire U.S.A. Neeley Cohen
78 Anahata Edison New Jersey U.S.A. Melanie Flores
79 Glennmade Hoboken New Jersey U.S.A. Glenn Petriello
80 Dark Forest Lancaster New York U.S.A. Joanne and Dan Sundell
81 Fine & Raw New York New York U.S.A. Daniel Sklaar
82 Raaka New York New York U.S.A. Ryan Cheney, Nate Hodge
83 Cacao Prieto New York New York U.S.A. Daniel Preston
84 Mast Brothers New York New York U.S.A. Rick Mast, Michael Mast
85 Jacques Torres New York New York U.S.A. Jacques Torres
86 Breeze Mill New York New York U.S.A. Ari Nadin
87 Bronx Grrl Chocolate New York New York U.S.A. Regina Monaco
88 Sol Cacao New York New York U.S.A. Maloney Bros.
89 Fruition Shokan New York U.S.A. Bryan Graham
90 Tocoti Walworth New York U.S.A. Dale Montondo, Ellen
91 French Broad Asheville North Carolina U.S.A. Daniel Ratigan
92 Santosha aka Raw Shakti Asheville North Carolina U.S.A. Don Rowe
93 Escazu Raleigh North Carolina U.S.A. Hallot Parson
94 Videri Raleigh North Carolina U.S.A. Sam Ratto
95 Black Mountain Swamanoa North Carolina U.S.A. David Mason
96 Brasstown aka It's Chocolate Winston-Salem North Carolina U.S.A. Rom Still
97 Maverick Cincinnati Ohio U.S.A. Paul Picton
98 Ohiyo Columbus Ohio U.S.A. Mike Condo
99 Finca Logan Ohio U.S.A. Dan Hankle
100 Indaphoria Bend Oregon U.S.A. Aaron Koch
101 Lillie Belle Central Point Oregon U.S.A. Jeff Shepherd
102 Map Chocolate Co. Eugene Oregon U.S.A. Mackenzie
103 Woodblock Portland Oregon U.S.A. Charley Wheelock
104 Treehouse Portland Oregon U.S.A. Aaron Koch
105 Pitch Dark Portland Oregon U.S.A. Brian Flick
106 Ranger Portland Oregon U.S.A. Rhonda Zender, George and Patrick
107 Creo Portland Oregon U.S.A. Tim Straub
108 Mana Portland Oregon U.S.A. Holly Hukill
109 Wren Portland Oregon U.S.A. Ryan Herron
110 Dagoba Ashland, San Fran. Oregon, California U.S.A. Fredrick Schilling '01-'06
111 Dulcinea Craft Chocolate Beaver Pennsylvania U.S.A. Laurie Rice
112 Nathan Miller Chambersburg Pennsylvania U.S.A. Nathan Miller
113 Kto Hermitage Pennsylvania U.S.A. Milford Dennison
114 Love Bar Philadelphia Pennsylvania U.S.A. Rachel D'Angeli and Joe Bernstein
115 Night Owl Greenville South Carolina U.S.A. Makesha Duncan
116 Batch Craft Rock Hill South Carolina U.S.A. Tamara and Zan
117 Olive and Sinclair Nashville Tennessee U.S.A. Scott Witherow
118 Sublime Allen Texas U.S.A. Troy Easton
119 SRSLY Austin Texas U.S.A. Bob Williamson
120 Isidro Austin Texas U.S.A. Adam Gretencord
121 Kiskadee Austin Texas U.S.A. Laura Atlas
122 Ceda Edinburg Texas U.S.A. Eddie Benavidez
123 Mahogany Lubbock Texas U.S.A. Joshua Parker
124 Tejas Spring Texas U.S.A. Scott Moore
125 Affinity Sugar Land Texas U.S.A. Chris Campbell
126 Noble Bean aka Jerjobo Bountiful Utah U.S.A. Jerry Tadlock
127 Amano Orem Utah U.S.A. Art Pollard
128 Ritual Park City Utah U.S.A. Robbie Stout, Anna Davies
129 Millcreek Cacao Roasters Salt Lake City Utah U.S.A. Dana Brewster and Mark DelVecchio
130 Solstice Salt Lake City Utah U.S.A. Scott Querry
131 Coleman and Davis Artisan Choc. Salt Lake City Utah U.S.A. Morgan Coleman and Phil Davis
132 Chocolate Conspiracy Salt Lake City Utah U.S.A. AJ Wentworth
133 Durci Wasatch Range Utah U.S.A. Eric Durtschi
134 Kerchner Burlington Vermont U.S.A. Charles Kerchner
135 Blue Bandana Burlington Vermont U.S.A. Eric Lampman
136 Pinnacle Enosburg Falls Vermont U.S.A. Tiffany and Ben Howard
137 Middlebury Middlebury Vermont U.S.A. Stephanie and Andy Jackson
138 Cao Artisan Bedford Virginia U.S.A. Carl and Mary Matice
139 Chocolate Con Amor Berryville Virginia U.S.A. Dan Lantonio
140 Frolic Charlottesville Virginia U.S.A. Renee Shuman and Logan Byrd
141 Shark Mountain Charlottesville Virginia U.S.A. Jonny Nuckols
142 Upchurch Richmond Virginia U.S.A. Stephen G.
143 Potomac Woodbridge Virginia U.S.A. Ben Rasmussen
144 Vavako Bellevue Washington U.S.A. Nicolas Espinosa
145 Fresco Lynden Washington U.S.A. Rob Anderson
146 StRita Supreme Marysville Washington U.S.A. John Henry
147 Bellflower Seattle Washington U.S.A. Will Dixon and Callie Neylan
148 Theo Seattle Washington U.S.A. Joe Whinney
149 Indi Seattle Washington U.S.A. Erin Andrews
150 Tease Tacoma Washington U.S.A. Julie Farrell
151 Undone Washington D.C. Washington D.C. U.S.A. Adam and Kristen Kavalier
152 Harper Macaw Washington D.C. Washington D.C. U.S.A. Sarah and Colin Hartman
153 Appalachian Shepherdstown West Virginai U.S.A. John Meyer
154 ChiamMaya Huntington West Virginia U.S.A. Walt Lewis
155 Tabal Milwaukee Wisconsin U.S.A. Dan Bieser
156 Indulgence Milwaukee Wisconsin U.S.A. Julie Waterman
157 Sjolinds Chocolate Mount Horeb Wisconsin U.S.A. Tracy Thompson
158 Del Sol Viroqua Wisconsin U.S.A. Lynn Kronschnabel

Canadian Craft Chocolate Makers
Updated: December 2015

  COMPANY NAME CITY STATE COUNTRY OWNER/ MAKER
1 Choklat Calgary Alberta Canada Brad Churchill
2 The Jones Chocolate Co. Edmonton Alberta Canada Curtis Jones
3 Take a Fancy Burnaby British Columbia Canada Becks D'Angelo
4 Organicfair Cobble Hill British Columbia Canada Kent Goodwin
5 Beanpod Fernie British Columbia Canada James and Mary Heavey
6 Wild Sweets Richmond British Columbia Canada Dominique & Cindy Duby
7 East Van Roasters Vancouver British Columbia Canada Shelley Bolton and Merri Schwartz
8 Sirene Artisan Victoria British Columbia Canada Taylor Kennedy
9 Habitual London Ontario Canada Dave Cook
10 Hummingbird Ottawa Ontario Canada Erica Gilmour
11 Soul Roasters Toronto Ontario Canada Katie Bartlett and Kyle Wilson
12 Soma Toronto Ontario Canada David & Cynthia Castelan
13 Chocosol Toronto Ontario Canada Michael Sacco
14 Marigolds Finest Toronto Ontario Canada  
15 Ambrosia Waterloo Ontario Canada Tim Simpson and Aura Hertzog
16 Olivia Cantley Quebec Canada David MacDonald
17 Chaleur B Chocolat Carleton-sur-Mer Quebec Canada Dany Marquis
18 Chocolats Privilege Montreal Quebec Canada Ludovic Fresse
19 Palette de Bine Mont-Tremblant Quebec Canada Christine Blais

 

 

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