Chocolate Database
Review Guide
Experiencing Chocolate
Labeling Chocolate
contact
Interview

 

 

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

  • Chocolate Database - Includes a sortable database of over 1,400 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 and Canadian Craft Chocolate Makers
Updated: January 2015
New Additions in Red

 
  COMPANY NAME CITY STATE COUNTRY START
DATE
Founder (or 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 Kyya aka Forgotten Chocolate Elm Springs Arkansas U.S.A.   Rick Boosey
7 Hello Cocoa Fayetteville Arkansas U.S.A.   Lauren Blanco
8 Dick Taylor Ascata California U.S.A.   Adam Dick, Dustin Taylor
9 Bisou Berkeley California U.S.A.   Tracey Britton and Eli Curtis
10 Guittard Burlingame California U.S.A.   Gary Guittard
11 Snake & Butterfly Campbell California U.S.A.   Benjamin Bulik
12 Chocovivo Culver City California U.S.A.   Patricia Tsai
13 ChocXO Irvine California U.S.A.   Richard Foley
14 LetterPress Los Angeles California U.S.A.   David Menkes
15 Bar Au Chocolat Manhattan Beach California U.S.A.   Nicole Trutanich
16 Cello Nevada City California U.S.A.   Ned and Debi Russell
17 Sacred Novato California U.S.A.   Steve Adler
18 Bittersweet Origins Oakland California U.S.A.   Seneca Klassen
19 Oakland Chocolate Co. Oakland California U.S.A.   Nancy Nadel
20 Parliament Redlands California U.S.A.   Ryan Berk
21 Marsatta Redondo Beach California U.S.A.   Jeffray Gardner
22 Dandelion San Francisco California U.S.A.   Todd Masonis, Cameron Ring
23 TCHO San Francisco California U.S.A.   Timothy Childs
24 Scharffen Berger San Francisco California U.S.A. 1997 John Scharffenberger, Robert Steinberg '97-'05
25 L'Amourette San Francisco California U.S.A.   Andre V. Lamourette
26 Root Chocolate San Francisco California U.S.A.   Landen Zernickow and Richard
27 twenty-four blackbirds Santa Barbara California U.S.A.   Mike Orlando
28 Crystal Structure Five aka Arete Santa Clara California U.S.A.   David and Leslie Senk
29 Firefly Sebastopol California U.S.A.   Jonas Ketterle
30 Ritual Denver Colorado U.S.A.   Robbie Stout, Anna Davies
31 DeVries Denver Colorado U.S.A. 2005 Steve DeVries
32 Pomm aka Dead Dog Chocolate Denver Colorado U.S.A.   Damaris Graves and Katelyn Fox
33 Nuance Fort Collins Colorado U.S.A.   Toby and Alix Gadd
34 Castronovo Stuart Florida U.S.A.   Denise Castronovo
35 SRSLY Tallahassee Florida U.S.A.   Bob Williamson
36 Cacao Atlanta Atlanta Georgia U.S.A.   Kristen Hard
37 Park 75 Atlanta Georgia U.S.A.   Robert Gerstenecker
38 Xocolatl Atlanta Georgia U.S.A.   Elaine Read and Matt Weyandt
39 Moloa'a Bay Anahola (Kaua'I) Hawai'I U.S.A.   Daphne McClure
40 Madre Honolulu (Oahu) Hawai'I U.S.A.   Nat Bletter
41 Lonahana Honolulu (Oahu) Hawai'I U.S.A.   Seneca Klassen
42 Manoa Kailua (Oahu) Hawai'I U.S.A.   Dylan Butterbaugh
43 Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory Kailua-Kona(Hawaii) Hawai'I U.S.A. 1999 Pam and Bob Cooper
44 Garden Island Chocolate Kilauea (Kauai) Hawai'I U.S.A.   Koa Kahili
45 Nanea Kilauea(Kauai) Hawai'I U.S.A.   Koa Kahili
46 Shark's Papaikou (Hawaii) Hawai'I U.S.A.   Thomas Sharkey
47 Noir d'Ebine Evanston Illinois U.S.A.   Journey Shannon
48 Ethereal Confections Woodstock Illinois U.S.A.   Mary Ervin, Sara Ervin
49 Bowler Man Michigan City Indiana U.S.A.   Michael and Amanda Joyner
50 Davis Mishawaka Indiana U.S.A.   Brent Davis
51 Acalli Gretna Louisiana U.S.A.   Carol Morse
52 Antler Presque Isle Maine U.S.A.   Emma Schultz
53 Spagnvola Gaithersburg Maryland U.S.A.   Eric and Crisoire Reid
54 Sibu Sura Myersville Maryland U.S.A.   Julie McLean
55 Chequessett North Truro Massachusetts U.S.A.   Katherine Reed, Josiah Mayo
56 Taza Somerville Massachusetts U.S.A.   Alex Whitmore
57 Somerville Somerville Massachusetts U.S.A.   Eric Parkes
58 Rogue Three Rivers Massachusetts U.S.A.   Colin Gasko
59 Mindo Dexter Michigan U.S.A.   Barbara Wilson, Joe Meza
60 Just Good Chocolate Leland Michigan U.S.A.   Drew Warner, Nichole Warner
61 Terroir Fergus Falls Minnesota U.S.A.   Kristen and Josh
62 Meadowlands Meadowlands Minnesota U.S.A.   Clyo Howard and Beryl Wells-Hamilton
63 Patric Columbia Missouri U.S.A.   Alan Mclure
64 Askinosie Springfield Missouri U.S.A.   Shawn Askinosie
65 Burnt Fork Bend Stevensville Montana U.S.A.   Jennifer Wicke
66 Ethel's Artisan (Mars) Henderson Nevada U.S.A.   Jin Caldwell (Maker for this Mars division)
67 Source Chocolate Bow New Hampshire U.S.A.   Samantha Fox
68 Vicuna Peterborough New Hampshire U.S.A.   Neeley Cohen
69 Arriba Noir/ Indulge Clarksburg New Jersey U.S.A.   Ramon Recalde
70 Anahata Edison New Jersey U.S.A.   Melanie Flores
71 Dark Forest Lancaster New York U.S.A.   Joanne Marquardt Sundell
72 Fine & Raw New York New York U.S.A.   Daniel Sklaar
73 Raaka New York New York U.S.A.   Ryan Cheney, Nate Hodge
74 Cacao Prieto New York New York U.S.A.   Daniel Preston
75 Mast Brothers New York New York U.S.A.   Rick Mast, Michael Mast
76 Jacques Torres New York New York U.S.A.   Jacques Torres
77 Breeze Mill New York New York U.S.A.   Ari Nadin
78 Bronx Grrl Chocolate New York New York U.S.A.   Regina Monaco
79 Sol Cacao New York New York U.S.A.   Maloney Bros.
80 Fruition Shokan New York U.S.A.   Bryan Graham
81 Tocoti Walworth New York U.S.A.   Dale Montondo, Ellen
82 French Broad Asheville North Carolina U.S.A.   Daniel Ratigan
83 Santosha aka Raw Shakti Asheville North Carolina U.S.A.   Don Rowe
84 Escazu Raleigh North Carolina U.S.A.   Hallot Parson
85 Videri Raleigh North Carolina U.S.A.   Sam Ratto
86 Black Mountain Swamanoa North Carolina U.S.A.   David Mason
87 It's Chocolate Winston-Salem North Carolina U.S.A.   Rom Still
88 Maverick Cincinnati Ohio U.S.A.   Paul Picton
89 Finca Logan Ohio U.S.A.   Dan Hankle
90 Indaphoria Bend Oregon U.S.A.   Aaron Koch
91 Lillie Belle Central Point Oregon U.S.A.   Jeff Shepherd
92 Woodblock Portland Oregon U.S.A.   Charley Wheelock
93 Treehouse Chocolate Co. Portland Oregon U.S.A.   Aaron Koch
94 Pitch Dark Portland Oregon U.S.A.   Brian Flick
95 Ranger Portland Oregon U.S.A.   Rhonda Zender, George and Patrick
96 Creo Portland Oregon U.S.A.   Tim Straub
97 Mana Portland Oregon U.S.A.   Holly Hukill
98 Wren Portland Oregon U.S.A.   Ryan Herron
99 Dagoba Ashland, San Fran. Oregon, California U.S.A. 2001 Fredrick Schilling '01-'06
100 Nathan Miller Chambersburg Pennsylvania U.S.A.   Nathan Miller
101 Kto Hermitage Pennsylvania U.S.A.   Milford Dennison
102 Love Bar Philadelphia Pennsylvania U.S.A.   Rachel D'Angeli and Joe Bernstein
103 Muchomas Philadelphia Pennsylvania U.S.A.   Sam Lehr
104 Night Owl Greenville South Carolina U.S.A.   Makesha Duncan
105 Olive and Sinclair Nashville Tennessee U.S.A.   Scott Witherow
106 Sublime Allen Texas U.S.A.   Troy Easton
107 Isidro Austin Texas U.S.A.   Adam Gretencord
108 Kiskadee Austin Texas U.S.A.   Laura Atlas
109 Ceda Edinburg Texas U.S.A.   Eddie Benavidez
110 Mahogany Lubbock Texas U.S.A.   Joshua Parker
111 Tejas Spring Texas U.S.A.   Scott Moore
112 Noble Bean aka Jerjobo Bountiful Utah U.S.A.   Jerry Tadlock
113 Amano Orem Utah U.S.A.   Art Pollard
114 Millcreek Cacao Roasters Salt Lake City Utah U.S.A.   Dana Brewster and Mark DelVecchio
115 Solstice Salt Lake City Utah U.S.A.   Scott Querry
116 Coleman and Davis Artisan Choc. Salt Lake City Utah U.S.A.   Morgan Coleman and Phil Davis
117 Chocolate Conspiracy Salt Lake City Utah U.S.A.   AJ Wentworth
118 Kerchner Burlington Vermont U.S.A.   Charles Kerchner
119 Blue Bandana Burlington Vermont U.S.A.   Eric Lampman
120 Pinnacle Enosburg Falls Vermont U.S.A.   Tiffany and Ben Howard
121 Middlebury Middlebury Vermont U.S.A.   Stephanie and Andy Jackson
122 Cao Artisan Bedford Virginia U.S.A.   Carl and Mary Matice
123 Frolic Charlottesville Virginia U.S.A.   Renee Shuman and Logan Byrd
124 Shark Mountain Charlottesville Virginia U.S.A.   Jonny Nuckols
125 Potomac Woodbridge Virginia U.S.A.   Ben Rasmussen
126 Fresco Lynden Washington U.S.A.   Rob Anderson
127 StRita Supreme Marysville Washington U.S.A.   John Henry
128 Theo Seattle Washington U.S.A.   Joe Whinney
129 Indi Seattle Washington U.S.A.   Erin Andrews
130 Tease Chocolate Vashon Washington U.S.A.   Julie Farrell
131 Undone Washington D.C. Washington D.C. U.S.A.   Adam and Kristen Kavalier
132 Concept C Washington D.C. Washington D.C. U.S.A.   Sarah and Colin Hartman
133 ChiamMaya Huntington West Virginia U.S.A.   Walt Lewis
134 Tabal Milwaukee Wisconsin U.S.A.   Dan Bieser
135 Indulgence Milwaukee Wisconsin U.S.A.   Julie Waterman
136 Sjolinds Chocolate Mount Horeb Wisconsin U.S.A.   Tracy Thompson
137 Del Sol Viroqua Wisconsin U.S.A.   Lynn Kronschnabel
138 Bar Smiths     U.S.A.   n/a
139 Choklat Calgary Alberta Canada   Brad Churchill
140 Take a Fancy Burnaby British Columbia Canada   Becks D'Angelo
141 Organicfair Cobble Hill British Columbia Canada   Kent Goodwin
142 Beanpod Fernie British Columbia Canada   James and Mary Heavey
143 Wild Sweets Richmond British Columbia Canada   Dominique & Cindy Duby
144 East Van Roasters Vancouver British Columbia Canada   Shelley Bolton and Merri Schwartz
145 Sirene Artisan Victoria British Columbia Canada   Taylor Kennedy
146 Living Libations Haliburton Ontario Canada   Nadine Artemis and Ron Obadia
147 Habitual London Ontario Canada   Dave Cook
148 Hummingbird Ottawa Ontario Canada   Erica Gilmour
149 Soma Toronto Ontario Canada 2003 David & Cynthia Castelan
150 Chocosol Toronto Ontario Canada   Michael Sacco
151 Ambrosia Waterloo Ontario Canada Tim Simpson and Aura Hertzog
152 Olivia Cantley Quebec Canada   David MacDonald
153 Chaleur B Chocolat Carleton-sur-Mer Quebec Canada   Dany Marquis
154 Chocolats Privilege Montreal Quebec Canada   Ludovic Fresse
155 Palette de Bine Mont-Tremblant Quebec Canada   Christine Blais

 

 

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