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Staff Picks Set

Dandelion Chocolate

Would you be surprised to read that the best thing about working in a chocolate factory is ... working in a chocolate factory? And not just any chocolate factory, but a single-origin chocolate factory, where our Bean Sourcerer devotes meticulous attention to procuring flavorful cocoa beans from origins around the equator, and our Flavor Manager and Chocolate Makers spend weeks experimenting with every batch of beans, determining how best to roast and refine each to highlight its characteristic tasting notes?

Every bar we make tastes differently, featuring specific flavor notes from an eye-opening range that includes tangy fruits, creamy dairy, mellow nuts, and classic fudge; and regardless of what role we fill here at Dandelion from R&D to Pastry each of us has a favorite bar. Now, we invite you to peel back five golden wrappers and join us in savoring this special collection of Dandelion-insider personal-favorite chocolate bars. We’d love to hear what you think!

Ingredients & Allergens

All of our single-origin chocolate is made with just cocoa beans and sugar; no added cocoa butter, lecithin, or vanilla. Our chocolate is free of soy, dairy, eggs, and gluten, and it is made in a factory that does not process nuts.

Weight

10 oz (280 g)

Learn more

Learn more about our cocoa beans and sugar – the region, the farms, and the producers.

This Set Includes:

Five dark chocolate bars with deliciously different tasting notes. If you are newer to two-ingredient, single-origin chocolate, this set may be the best place to begin your journey. You'll go beyond "chocolatey" aromas to experience varied flavor arcs, and a range of buttery, nutty, fudgy, and fruity tasting notes.

70%
HACIENDA AZUL, COSTA RICA

2019 HARVEST, BATCH 2

tasting notes:
chocolate almond biscotti, buttery caramel

Hacienda Azul is one of my favorite bars ... it's literally like eating chocolate biscuits. To be even more specific, it reminds me of that sweet, chocolatey, textured quality of the Korean candy Choco-Pie, but even better! 

– Anisha Manandhar, Barista


70%
WAMPU, HONDURAS

2019 HARVEST, BATCH 1

tasting notes:
hot fudge, hazelnut, brown butter

Our Wampu, Honduras bar is a delicious introduction for those who sometimes find dark chocolate too bitter. It's rich chocolatey and deep caramel notes make for a bar that if I'm not careful, I will finish in one sitting! 

– Ron Sweetser, R&D Operations Manager


70%
CAHABÓN, GUATEMALA

2019 HARVEST, BATCH 1

tasting notes:
chocolate pudding, Amarena cherry, espresso

Biting into Cahabon is like eating a spoonful of dreamy, creamy, milk-chocolate pudding. While nostalgic in flavor, it also showcases unique fruity notes, and hints of coffee — it's almost like an elevated version of one of my favorite childhood treats. 

– Ashley Ugarte, Confections Production Manager


70%
TUMACO, COLOMBIA

2017 HARVEST, BATCH 2

tasting notes:
vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, toasted nuts

I spent a lot of time camping as a kid. When I first tried the Tumaco I was brought back to memories of making s'mores with my family the perfectly golden marshmallow, the melty chocolate softening the snap of the graham cracker, the crisp coastal air, and a clear night sky.

– Julia Diao, Deputy Director of Chocolate Operations


70%
KOKOA KAMILI, TANZANIA

2017 HARVEST, BACTH 2

tasting notes:
honey, fresh pineapple, chocolate pudding

Kokoa Kamili is bright and fruit-forward and interesting to work with in the kitchen. I’m excited to feature this origin in our 2021 s’mores kit ... a toasty marshmallow, with notes of pineapple and fudge, sounds like the perfect summer treat! 

– Lisa Vega, Executive Pastry Chef

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.

JUST
TWO INGREDIENTS

Beans and sugar.
That's all.


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.

PRODUCER
FOCUSED

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.

CONNECTING
OVER CHOCOLATE

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.