Chocolate Database
Review Guide
Experiencing Chocolate
Labeling Chocolate



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

  • Chocolate Database - Includes a sortable database of over 1,300 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: September 2014
New Additions in Red

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


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