Partners in life and business with a love of travel and good food and drink, we put our passion into each and every batch of our chocolates, handcrafted in a 1910 brick mill building in Southern Vermont. We moved here from San Francisco nearly twenty years ago after setting off on a serendipitous cross-country adventure, falling in love with the area and putting down our roots in the Connecticut River valley, inspired by the landscape, community, and the Vermont cheeses and foods we discovered while living on the West Coast.
Our town and the surrounding valley are home to a myriad of farms, orchards, forests and meadows that provide a plethora of freshly-farmed and foraged foods. This bounty of pure and delicious flavors are the basis for Vermont’s outstanding artisanal cheese, bread, beer, wine, maple and restaurant culture. It is these resources that we tap into as Vermont chocolatiers.
Our journey to become artisan chocolate makers has taken many twists and turns, but it feels like everything we’ve done has culminated in what we do and love now. We draw upon our travels, the exciting innovations in California cuisine while we lived there, the farm-to-table movement, the delicious leisurely Sunday lunches and memorable cakes and pies of Dar’s grandmothers, as well as our backgrounds in art, music, biology and chemistry, restaurants and cafés to inform our craft.
We have worked over the years with a small team of talented farmers and herbalists, artists and artisans, and chefs and cooks.
Dar’s experience in the front and back of restaurants and cafés in Europe and the U.S. gave her working knowledge of how to approach creating recipes and presenting them to the world so they tell a story. The flavors of fresh local produce and the spruce tips, wild mint, berries, wildflowers and other foraged treats she would taste growing up in the Northern Adirondacks and St. Lawrence Valley resonate in Dar’s recipes today as a Vermont chocolatier, as well as a great respect for those who work the land and grow and forage food.
John’s experience as a craft coffee roaster and manager of a small roasting shop, where he visited origin and regularly tasted and cupped world renowned coffees with leaders in the field like George Howell, have provided him a great background to sourcing and working with chocolate.
Chocolate combines the things we love the most: art, food, science and place. We are absolutely thrilled to be doing what we do, and to be doing it here in southern Vermont.
Top photo by Christina Bernales