Last weekend I paid a little visit to our friends at Dandelion Chocolate. They just opened a new production facility and cafe on Valencia in the Mission. It is a beautiful space with an open layout, exposed brick, and a cool chalkboard wall. The cafe offers a variety of different hot chocolates (I tried the Mission hot chocolate – it has a kick to it!), delicious pastries, and espresso. My favorite part was the house made marshmallows offered with the hot chocolate. Dandelion chocolate was started by Cameron Ring and Todd Masonis in 2010 after their love of chocolate inspired them to start making chocolate in their garage. Dandelion is made in small batches using beans from all over the world. By doing so they are able to focus on where the beans come from and bring out the different flavor characteristics of the beans. At Dandelion they roast, crack, sort, winnow, grind, conch, and temper small batches of beans and then mold and package each bar by hand. If you’re in Napa or Healdsburg stop by our store to pick up a bar of Dandelion Chocolate, and if you’re in San Francisco be sure to check out their new cafe!
Click on the link below to watch a video and learn more about the bean to bar process!