Small batch means we have the highest control over the quality of our creations. We do many things by hand in our chocolate making process, from preparing, fermenting, growing, gathering and drying local aromatic fruits and herbs for our seasonal bonbons and limited edition bars, grinding our own house made spice blends, hand pouring and dipping all of our chocolates, hand rolling and packaging our charcuterie, to artfully placing all of the ingredients on our bars.
These things all take time, exquisite attention to detail and an ever deepening knowledge of all of the processes and elements that go into making our chocolates, striving to create deeper interconnections between the ingredients and the final product, the maker, our region, and you, the person who enjoys our craft. You won’t find any extracts, artificial flavors, invert cane sugar, corn syrup or artificial colors in our confections, and we only add natural sweeteners and preservatives like raw organic cane sugar, raw honey, sea salts, or maple and other tree syrups.
Our unique flavor profiles are inspired by seasonal produce from local farms and the fields and forests of Vermont intertwined with worldwide cuisines. Self-taught as chocolatiers, we use traditional European confectionery techniques that Dar explored while working front and back of house in restaurants and cafés in New York State, San Francisco, the Czech Republic and Vermont, and out-of-the-ordinary processes to arrive at flavor combinations and textures.
Following intuition, and the images, colors and sounds flavors they evoke as they cross Dar’s palate when tasting or recalling ingredients, her approach to recipe making draws upon her work as a drawer, painter, musician, biologist and outdoors-person as much as a cook. We learn through tasting, practice, trial and error and lots of research, and discover new methods while experimenting, reveling in the sense of adventure while working with out-of-the-chocolate-box ingredients in our test kitchen and researching and developing recipes at home.