There's never been a better time to explore craft chocolate, and there's no better place. To help build a beautiful, sustainable craft chocolate community, Bar Cacao carefully curates its chocolate-making partners for their quality, ethics and passion to help you confidently explore the very finest craft chocolate.
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Bar Cacao's very first partnership, Ritual makes bold yet beautifully balanced chocolate. Originally two-ingredient chocolate makers, Anna Davies and Robbie Stout have since developed a full line of products, from single-origin bars to the Utah Mountain inclusion line to their full set of drinking chocolates, a nod to Ritual's popularity in specialty coffee shops.
Get acquainted: purchase the Single Origin Collection and join us for happy hour on June 18. Details on Events page.
Park City, Utah
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Leading the craft chocolate pack with their deservedly popular bars, Adam Dick and Dustin Taylor craft some of the silkiest two-ingredient chocolate you'll find into dazzling filigreed bars and slide them into stylish letterpressed envelopes. It's a sensual experience from the moment one of these sexy bars catches your eye. Keep an eye out for their limited release, microbatch and seasonal chocolates, like dual-origin chocolate Easter rabbits.
Get acquainted: purchase the Single Origin Tasting Flight and join us for happy hour on June 4. Details on Events page.
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Bryan Graham's always been a talented high achiever, one of craft chocolate's few with a culinary background starting as a young teen pastry chef who quickly rose through New York's ranks before branching out on his own as a confectioner. After the somewhat masochistic move to making the chocolate for his confections, Bryan soon earned his place among the best with his creative range of bars, perhaps most notably his 68% Marañon Milk bar, formerly a limited-release Bar Cacao exclusive and now a serial award winner, crowned the International Chocolate Award's best milk chocolate in 2016.
Get acquainted: purchase the Bar Cacao Tasting Event Set and join us for happy hour on June 11. Details on Events page.
Shokan, New York
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It's not enough to refer to the wonderful world of Zotter: with hundreds of kooky creations available at any given time, the unique universe of Zotter dazzles with creativity and flavor, all coming from Josef Zotter's farmland factory in Austria. From single-origin bars to truffle-like hand-scooped bars to vegan, lactose-free and sugar-free options, there's not a chance you won't find a zany delight to love.
Get acquainted: purchase the large Discovery Pack for a range of chocolates from single-origin Labooko to layered Hand Scooped chocolates.
Chocolate making since 2008
Cape Coral, Florida
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Denise Castronovo is frequently referred to as one of the best female chocolate makers in the world; I comfortably skip the gender adjective when describing her luxuriously satisfying chocolate. Denise's single-origin chocolates are as decadent as her line of dark milk, mocha and white chocolates. Her background in ecology leads her to carefully sourcing for both flavor and positive impact.
Get acquainted: Arhuacos, The Lost City, Tumaco Mocha and Sierra Nevada Dark Milk chocolates are easy to love.
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When I met Ali years ago, I was instantly charmed both by his Scottish charisma and his passion for directly sourcing cacao and making chocolate. A 2019 visit to Scotland easily sealed the deal after exploring Ali and wife Freddy's countryside factory. The dazzling tessellated bar molds and packaging designed by Freddy deliver a beautiful craft chocolate experience.
Get acquainted: Porcelana and Piura play nice with Rum Pineapple Coconut and Coconut Milk chocolates. A vegan Gianduja-style bar is nicely played.
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As a craft chocolate advocate, I chose to partner with Fresco early on for its chocolate that's as revelatory as it is delectable: just two tastes convey the chocolate-making variables of origin, roasting, conching and percentage. The original chocolate geek Rob Anderson engineers single-origin bars of various roasting and conching profiles for your analytical and gustatorily pleasure. Wife Amy runs the show while Rob tends to his day job as, you guessed it, an engineer.
Get acquainted: Pick up the 100% Chocolate Tasting Kit or the Roast Comparison Tasting Kit for a ready-made world-class chocolate-tasting experience.
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Cynthia Leung and David Castellan are old school chocolate makers. Literally. Their whimsical genius prolifically delivers delights like stone-ground Old School bars, gelato, pastries, confections, fruit bars and hands down some of the finest small-batch chocolate on Earth. It's so intoxicating I made a trip to Toronto just to court them as partners and have my way with their products. (Don't call it stalking.)
Get acquainted: snag a coveted Venezuelan origin bar; these have a deserved tendency to earn the International Chocolate Award's World Gold award.
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The very first chocolate maker I met back in his early days, Art Pollard and I quickly bonded over our Venezuelan cacao-related travels. An early leader of the craft chocolate movement, he crafts award-winning chocolate that leans European in style; Art's one of the few to use vanilla beans and source cacao exclusively and directly.
Get acquainted: That Dos Rios bar sings sweetly and harmoniously of warming spices and orange zest, and Guayas of blackberry cobbler. Raspberry Rose is a perennial pleaser.
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Dandelion Chocolate's popularity is deserved not just for its broad range of beautifully wrapped single-origin, two-ingredient 70% chocolate bars but also for its wonderfully welcoming, informative vibe. Stop by the new factory for a tour or Bloom for tea service to die for. Geek out on a tour of the new factory, an online class or even a cacao origin trip.
San Francisco, CA
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Hunt Valley, Maryland
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Manhattan Beach, California
Three Rivers, Massachusetts
Vancouver, British Colombia
Mont Tremblant, Quebec
Are you a chocolate maker? Whether you’re just starting to fall in love with making chocolate or you’re working to get your beautiful bars to a wide and passionate audience of chocolate bar hoppers in California and beyond, please don’t hesitate to connect! I’m a most helpful chocolate bar tender.
Are you a retailer? Like what you see? Want to create a craft chocolate program of any size? Reach out!