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 1,300 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: December 2014
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 Dick Taylor Ascata California U.S.A.   Adam Dick, Dustin Taylor
8 Bisou Berkeley California U.S.A.   Tracey Britton and Eli Curtis
9 Guittard Burlingame California U.S.A.   Gary Guittard
10 Snake & Butterfly Campbell California U.S.A.   Benjamin Bulik
11 Chocovivo Culver City California U.S.A.   Patricia Tsai
12 ChocXO Irvine California U.S.A.   Richard Foley
13 LetterPress Los Angeles California U.S.A.   David Menkes
14 Bar Au Chocolat Manhattan Beach California U.S.A.   Nicole Trutanich
15 Cello Nevada City California U.S.A.   Ned and Debi Russell
16 Sacred Novato California U.S.A.   Steve Adler
17 Bittersweet Origins Oakland California U.S.A.   Seneca Klassen
18 Oakland Chocolate Co. Oakland California U.S.A.   Nancy Nadel
19 Parliament Redlands California U.S.A.   Ryan Berk
20 Marsatta Redondo Beach California U.S.A.   Jeffray Gardner
21 Dandelion San Francisco California U.S.A.   Todd Masonis, Cameron Ring
22 TCHO San Francisco California U.S.A.   Timothy Childs
23 Scharffen Berger San Francisco California U.S.A. 1997 John Scharffenberger, Robert Steinberg '97-'05
24 L'Amourette San Francisco California U.S.A.   Andre V. Lamourette
25 Root Chocolate San Francisco California U.S.A.   Landen Zernickow and Richard
26 twenty-four blackbirds Santa Barbara California U.S.A.   Mike Orlando
27 Crystal Structure Five aka Arete Santa Clara California U.S.A.   David and Leslie Senk
28 Firefly Sebastopol California U.S.A.   Jonas Ketterle
29 Ritual Denver Colorado U.S.A.   Robbie Stout, Anna Davies
30 DeVries Denver Colorado U.S.A. 2005 Steve DeVries
31 Pomm aka Dead Dog Chocolate Denver Colorado U.S.A.   Damaris Graves and Katelyn Fox
32 Nuance Fort Collins Colorado U.S.A.   Toby and Alix Gadd
33 Castronovo Stuart Florida U.S.A.   Denise Castronovo
34 SRSLY Tallahassee Florida U.S.A.   Bob Williamson
35 Cacao Atlanta Atlanta Georgia U.S.A.   Kristen Hard
36 Park 75 Atlanta Georgia U.S.A.   Robert Gerstenecker
37 Xocolatl Atlanta Georgia U.S.A.   Elaine Read and Matt Weyandt
38 Moloa'a Bay Anahola (Kaua'I) Hawai'I U.S.A.   Daphne McClure
39 Madre Honolulu (Oahu) Hawai'I U.S.A.   Nat Bletter
40 Lonahana Honolulu (Oahu) Hawai'I U.S.A.   Seneca Klassen
41 Manoa Kailua (Oahu) Hawai'I U.S.A.   Dylan Butterbaugh
42 Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory Kailua-Kona(Hawaii) Hawai'I U.S.A. 1999 Pam and Bob Cooper
43 Garden Island Chocolate Kilauea (Kauai) Hawai'I U.S.A.   Koa Kahili
44 Nanea Kilauea(Kauai) Hawai'I U.S.A.   Koa Kahili
45 Shark's Papaikou (Hawaii) Hawai'I U.S.A.   Thomas Sharkey
46 Noir d'Ebine Evanston Illinois U.S.A.   Journey Shannon
47 Ethereal Confections Woodstock Illinois U.S.A.   Mary Ervin, Sara Ervin
48 Bowler Man Michigan City Indiana U.S.A.   Michael and Amanda Joyner
49 Davis Mishawaka Indiana U.S.A.   Brent Davis
50 Acalli Gretna Louisiana U.S.A.    
51 Antler Presque Isle Maine U.S.A.   Emma Schultz
52 Spagnvola Gaithersburg Maryland U.S.A.   Eric and Crisoire Reid
53 Sibu Sura Myersville Maryland U.S.A.   Julie McLean
54 Chequessett North Truro Massachusetts U.S.A.   Katherine Reed, Josiah Mayo
55 Taza Somerville Massachusetts U.S.A.   Alex Whitmore
56 Somerville Somerville Massachusetts U.S.A.   Eric Parkes
57 Rogue Three Rivers Massachusetts U.S.A.   Colin Gasko
58 Mindo Dexter Michigan U.S.A.   Barbara Wilson, Joe Meza
59 Just Good Chocolate Leland Michigan U.S.A.   Drew Warner, Nichole Warner
60 Terroir Fergus Falls Minnesota U.S.A.   Kristen and Josh
61 Meadowlands Meadowlands Minnesota U.S.A.   Clyo Howard and Beryl Wells-Hamilton
62 Patric Columbia Missouri U.S.A.   Alan Mclure
63 Askinosie Springfield Missouri U.S.A.   Shawn Askinosie
64 Burnt Fork Bend Stevensville Montana U.S.A.   Jennifer Wicke
65 Ethel's Artisan (Mars) Henderson Nevada U.S.A.   Jin Caldwell (Maker for this Mars division)
66 Source Chocolate Bow New Hampshire U.S.A.   Samantha Fox
67 Vicuna Peterborough New Hampshire U.S.A.   Neeley Cohen
68 Arriba Noir/ Indulge Clarksburg New Jersey U.S.A.   Ramon Recalde
69 Anahata Edison New Jersey U.S.A.   Melanie Flores
70 Dark Forest Lancaster New York U.S.A.   Joanne Marquardt Sundell
71 Fine & Raw New York New York U.S.A.   Daniel Sklaar
72 Raaka New York New York U.S.A.   Ryan Cheney, Nate Hodge
73 Cacao Prieto New York New York U.S.A.   Daniel Preston
74 Mast Brothers New York New York U.S.A.   Rick Mast, Michael Mast
75 Jacques Torres New York New York U.S.A.   Jacques Torres
76 Breeze Mill New York New York U.S.A.   Ari Nadin
77 Undone New York New York U.S.A.   Adam and Kristen Kavalier
78 Bronx Grrl Chocolate New York New York U.S.A.   Regina Monaco
79 Fruition Shokan New York U.S.A.   Bryan Graham
80 Tocoti Walworth New York U.S.A.   Dale Montondo, Ellen
81 French Broad Asheville North Carolina U.S.A.   Daniel Ratigan
82 Santosha aka Raw Shakti Asheville North Carolina U.S.A.   Don Rowe
83 Escazu Raleigh North Carolina U.S.A.   Hallot Parson
84 Videri Raleigh North Carolina U.S.A.   Sam Ratto
85 Black Mountain Swamanoa North Carolina U.S.A.   David Mason
86 It's Chocolate Winston-Salem North Carolina U.S.A.   Rom Still
87 Maverick Cincinnati Ohio U.S.A.   Paul Picton
88 Finca Logan Ohio U.S.A.   Dan Hankle
89 Indaphoria Bend Oregon U.S.A.   Aaron Koch
90 Lillie Belle Central Point Oregon U.S.A.   Jeff Shepherd
91 Woodblock Portland Oregon U.S.A.   Charley Wheelock
92 Treehouse Chocolate Co. Portland Oregon U.S.A.   Aaron Koch
93 Pitch Dark Portland Oregon U.S.A.   Brian Flick
94 Ranger Portland Oregon U.S.A.   Rhonda Zender, George and Patrick
95 Creo Portland Oregon U.S.A.    
96 Mana Portland Oregon U.S.A.   Holly Hukill
97 Wren Portland Oregon U.S.A.   Ryan Herron
98 Dagoba Ashland, San Fran. Oregon, California U.S.A. 2001 Fredrick Schilling '01-'06
99 Nathan Miller Chambersburg Pennsylvania U.S.A.   Nathan Miller
100 Kto Hermitage Pennsylvania U.S.A.   Milford Dennison
101 Love Bar Philadelphia Pennsylvania U.S.A.   Rachel D'Angeli and Joe Bernstein
102 Night Owl Greenville South Carolina U.S.A.   Makesha Duncan
103 Olive and Sinclair Nashville Tennessee U.S.A.   Scott Witherow
104 Sublime Allen Texas U.S.A.   Troy Easton
105 Isidro Austin Texas U.S.A.   Adam Gretencord
106 Kiskadee Austin Texas U.S.A.   Laura Atlas
107 Ceda Edinburg Texas U.S.A.   Eddie Benavidez
108 Mahogany Lubbock Texas U.S.A.   Joshua Parker
109 Tejas Spring Texas U.S.A.   Scott Moore
110 Noble Bean aka Jerjobo Bountiful Utah U.S.A.   Jerry Tadlock
111 Amano Orem Utah U.S.A.   Art Pollard
112 Millcreek Cacao Roasters Salt Lake City Utah U.S.A.   Dana Brewster and Mark DelVecchio
113 Solstice Salt Lake City Utah U.S.A.   Scott Querry
114 Coleman and Davis Artisan Choc. Salt Lake City Utah U.S.A.   Morgan Coleman and Phil Davis
115 Chocolate Conspiracy Salt Lake City Utah U.S.A.   AJ Wentworth
116 Kerchner Burlington Vermont U.S.A.   Charles Kerchner
117 Blue Bandana Burlington Vermont U.S.A.   Eric Lampman
118 Pinnacle Enosburg Falls Vermont U.S.A.   Tiffany and Ben Howard
119 Middlebury Middlebury Vermont U.S.A.   Stephanie and Andy Jackson
120 Cao Artisan Bedford Virginia U.S.A.   Carl and Mary Matice
121 Frolic Charlottesville Virginia U.S.A.   Renee Shuman and Logan Byrd
122 Shark Mountain Charlottesville Virginia U.S.A.   Jonny Nuckols
123 Potomac Woodbridge Virginia U.S.A.   Ben Rasmussen
124 Fresco Lynden Washington U.S.A.   Rob Anderson
125 StRita Supreme Marysville Washington U.S.A.   John Henry
126 Theo Seattle Washington U.S.A.   Joe Whinney
127 Indi Seattle Washington U.S.A.   Erin Andrews
128 Tease Chocolate Vashon Washington U.S.A.   Julie Farrell
129 Concept C Washington D.C. Washington D.C. U.S.A.   Sarah and Colin Hartman
130 ChiamMaya Huntington West Virginia U.S.A.   Walt Lewis
131 Tabal Milwaukee Wisconsin U.S.A.   Dan Bieser
132 Indulgence Milwaukee Wisconsin U.S.A.   Julie Waterman
133 Sjolinds Chocolate Mount Horeb Wisconsin U.S.A.   Tracy Thompson
134 Del Sol Viroqua Wisconsin U.S.A.   Lynn Kronschnabel
135 Bar Smiths     U.S.A.   n/a
136 Choklat Calgary Alberta Canada   Brad Churchill
137 Take a Fancy Burnaby British Columbia Canada   Becks D'Angelo
138 Organicfair Cobble Hill British Columbia Canada   Kent Goodwin
139 Beanpod Fernie British Columbia Canada   James and Mary Heavey
140 Wild Sweets Richmond British Columbia Canada   Dominique & Cindy Duby
141 East Van Roasters Vancouver British Columbia Canada   Shelley Bolton and Merri Schwartz
142 Sirene Artisan Victoria British Columbia Canada   Taylor Kennedy
143 Living Libations Haliburton Ontario Canada   Nadine Artemis and Ron Obadia
144 Habitual London Ontario Canada   Dave Cook
145 Hummingbird Ottawa Ontario Canada   Erica Gilmour
146 Soma Toronto Ontario Canada 2003 David & Cynthia Castelan
147 Chocosol Toronto Ontario Canada   Michael Sacco
148 Ambrosia Waterloo Ontario Canada   Tim Simpson and Aura Hertzog
149 Olivia Cantley Quebec Canada   David MacDonald
150 Chaleur B Chocolat Carleton-sur-Mer Quebec Canada   Dany Marquis
151 Chocolats Privilege Montreal Quebec Canada   Ludovic Fresse
152 Palette de Bine Mont-Tremblant Quebec Canada   Christine Blais

 

 

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