Virtual Chocolate Tasting
Five-origin chocolate bar set & tasting guide
As seen on the Today Show
Chocolate Bar Set for “Online 103: Tasting”
Being a chocolate taster is a tough job, but someone has to do it. This class is an introduction to how we learn to taste chocolate—the techniques, the flavors to look for, and the vocabulary to describe what we notice. In class, a live instructor will lead a discussion about how to taste chocolate, identify flavor families, and understand how flavor is developed. We’ll share best practices and discuss what types of flavors we often find in finished chocolate. You’ll put your newfound knowledge to the test while tasting a flight of five chocolates.
We’ll end by sharing tips on how to improve your chocolate-tasting palate. There are no expert chocolate tasters; only experienced chocolate tasters. Your chocolate experience will include chocolate from Colombia, Madagascar, Belize, Vietnam, and Ecuador.
Five different origins.
Five tasting experiences.
Each bar features chocolate from a single origin, and is made with just two ingredients — cocoa beans and sugar — so the inherent flavors of the different beans shine through. Without adding additional ingredients, each chocolate bar tastes unique. We coax distinctive flavors from each origin, from fruity to nutty, caramel to floral. Our bean-to-bar chocolate has the same flavor complexity, nuance, and tone you might find in wine or coffee.
malted cocoa, and heavy whipped cream
passion fruit, yogurt, and shortbread cookie
honey, sweet strawberry wine, and chocolate ice cream
candied ginger, molasses, and apple cider
banana, raw peanut, and chocolate truffle
Our Chocolate Philosophy
Bean to Bar in San Francisco
We’re Dandelion Chocolate, a bean-to-bar chocolate maker in San Francisco’s Mission District. For over 10 years, we’ve been turning cocoa beans and organic sugar into pure dark chocolate. We travel and build lasting relationships with cocoa farmers and producers, then craft small batches of chocolate back home in our factory. With our minimal approach, we aim to highlight different beans’ distinctive flavor notes—from classic fudge to tangy fruit.
Beans and sugar.
Our chocolate bars are just two ingredients: cocoa beans and organic sugar. We never add cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla, flavorings, or preservatives because those ingredients mask the inherent flavors in beans.
Good cocoa starts
with good relationships.
Good relationships are absolutely essential to procuring consistently good flavor. We work closely with the producers who grow, ferment, and dry the single-origin cocoa beans we source, so we can share this amazing cocoa.
Online classes. Doorstep shipping.
SF stores and local delivery.
We hope someday you'll join us at our San Francisco factory for a toasty s'more while watching chocolate makers craft beans into chocolate. In the meanwhile, we'll ship bars and truffles to your doorstep, host you for a virtual chocolate class, or answer (chocolate!) questions you might have via phone or email.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How far in advance do I need to place my order to make sure my gifts reach the recipients on time?
We recommend ordering your chocolate at least 2 weeks prior to your desired class time. Please note: we only ship Monday through Wednesday and orders will usually take at least 2 days in transit. We are unable to guarantee delivery dates at this time.
May I split my chocolate with a friend?
Absolutely! But the set does only come with a single seat for the Zoom presentation so you’d have to be together in order to both participate. If you want to share with someone in a different location we recommend you send them their own set so that they can also sign in from their computer.
Can I have this as a private class?
When will classes take place?
Can I attend from another country?
Yes although the times are not designed around international participants.
What do I need to participate?
Please have a computer or mobile device with Zoom to see and listen to the slideshow presentation. We also recommend a (mostly) quiet place to enjoy the class, a glass of water, a pen, and this 103 chocolate set to taste.
Can I include a gift note?
In the check-out process, select "gift." A box will appear to write the message to your recipient.