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Wrapped Three-Bar Gift Set

Dandelion Chocolate

One of the most magical things about single-origin, two-ingredient chocolate is the intensity of flavor in every square. To appreciate the varied aromas of small-batch chocolate fully, we recommend tasting bars side by side.

With this tasting set, we wanted to create an experience of sampling and comparing several origins, just as we share with guests who visit our factories. Tasting chocolate, like tasting wine, is a great way to develop your palate and hunt for the distinctive flavors of cocoa beans that have been fermented, dried, and roasted to highlight their differences. It’s delicious and a lot of fun!

This beautifully wrapped set includes three two-ounce chocolate bars from some of our favorite origins, plus our own in-house tasting guide to help you appreciate the specific flavor notes of each bar. If you're like us, you'll love the range of rich, creamy, honey-nut flavors featured in this collection.

• Costa Esmeraldas, Ecuador, 2020 Harvest, 70%
• Ambanja, Madagascar, 2019 Harvest, 70%
• Kokoa Kamili, Tanzania, 2018 Harvest, 70%

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

6 oz (170 g)

Learn More

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

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The Three Origins

70%

Costa Esmeraldas, Ecuador

tasting notes:
molasses, chocolate pudding, and a hint of blueberry

Eric, our origin owner for Costa Esmeraldas, has spent time at Freddy Salazar's estate near the coast of Northern Ecuador. He was impressed by the close attention Freddy and his team pay to every step of their production process.


70%

Ambanja, Madagascar

tasting notes:
mango lassi and chocolate mousse

These beans come from Bertil Akesson’s Bejofo Estate. Bertil dries the beans with an especially quick method—on concrete beds under the hot Madagascar sun—that retains acidity and results in a strong, fruity punch. The exact fruit flavor of the beans we buy from Bertil can vary from season to season, harvest to harvest, even roast to roast.

70%

Kokoa Kamili, Tanzania

tasting notes:
strawberry lemonade, sweet cream, and fudge

Brian LoBue’s and Simran Bindra’s social enterprise, Kokoa Kamili, buys freshly harvested, unfermented cacao beans from local smallholder farms.. By carefully controlling fermentation and drying, Kokoa Kamili consistently produces delicious, high-quality beans that fetch a premium price from craft chocolate makers.

A little about us...

We Make Bean-to-Bar Chocolate

We're Dandelion, 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 single-origin dark chocolate. We’re part of the New American Chocolate Movement of small-scale chocolate makers building specialized machines and rethinking chocolate making practices to reclaim the depth of flavor in chocolate.

As a bean-to-bar maker, we first source our own beans, and then sort, roast, crack, winnow, melange, temper, and mold each bar we make. Our approach focuses on minimal ingredients, just cocoa beans and cane sugar (not vanilla, emulsifiers, or additional cocoa butter), so that the quality and flavor nuances of the bean shine through.

Just Two Ingredients.
That’s All.

Our chocolate bars are made of just two ingredients: cocoa beans and organic sugar. We don’t add cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla, flavorings, or preservatives, so the quality and flavor nuances of our beans shine. With a light hand and minimalist approach, we aim to highlight different cocoa beans' distinctive flavor notes — from classic fudge to tangy fruit..

We Visit Each Origin to Build Lasting Relationships

When we look for cocoa beans, we look for good flavor and good people. Building trust is at the heart of what we do, and relationships are reciprocal. In addition to looking for good cocoa, we’re also interested in what our cocoa producers need from us — feedback on a new fermentation process, upfront capital to offset a bad season, or connections to other chocolate makers to grow business. Each year we publish the stories, numbers, and practices of our producers in our annual Sourcing Report.

We Work With Collaborators & Chocolatiers Worldwide

While chocolate makers make chocolate from cocoa beans, chocolatiers use finished chocolate to create truffles, bonbons, candy, and confections. Since we don’t add emulsifiers or additional cocoa butter to our chocolate, working with it requires extra time and attention. As a result, making truffles or chocolate-covered nibs with our chocolate can be especially challenging. Still, our collaborators remain undaunted, inventing new recipes and products each year. We celebrate their talents and share these crafted treats with you.

Join Our Virtual Classes to Experience Chocolate from a New Perspective

Our Chocolate Educators have been with the factory for many years, and share their perspectives on tasting single-origin chocolate, making treats at home, and experiencing chocolate in new ways. Our classes are available for individuals, families, and group events.

See Our
Chocolate-Making in
San Francisco

If you’re in San Francisco, we hope to soon invite you to stop by our café and factory in the Mission District to sip on a hot chocolate while watching our chocolate makers turn cocoa beans into bars of chocolate.