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American, Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Makers: A Complete List

Hi All,

I have never seen a complete list of American, bean-to-bar chocolate makers. Since most American companies that market chocolate or chocolate products don't actually make it, I thought that it would be interesting to compile a list for everyone to see who really does make it, and who doesn't.

I'll type the first entry, and if everyone could copy it and add to it in each additional post, along with comments and questions, then that would be great.


Complete List:
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Hi - Thanks for visiting my shop!
Our shop is indeed small. The area that I have for production is about equal to the same size that occupies my retail space. I also have off premise storage. Is it adequate for bean to bar - with efficient use of space, yes...sort of! By adapting equipment and techniques for smaller scale, it is possible. I have even considered making all of the chocolate that we use for our truffles and confections, and doing away with couveture altogether. Unfortunately, in Raleigh I dont think enough people understand the difference yet to make it worthwhile. That being said, I anticipate moving production of all of my bars to another location and using the glenwood space for sales and production of the retail chocolates.
When our made from the bean bar comes out next month, it will be available in the shop and through our website only - My production doesnt allow for wholesale at the moment which is what makes up 80% of my current business. Those bigger guys - Theo, etc have the space, equipment and labor to do wholesale... its baby steps for me!
Thanks.
Hallot Parson
Escazu Artisan Chocolates
Having been to Theo yesterday... the warehouse is where it all happens but it was smaller than I expected.

Not to hijack the thread but at Theo we were told there are only 14 bean-to-bar chocolate makers in the country? Are they just mistaken or do definitions differ?
They are mistaken. I guarantee that this thread is far more obsessive than the average person. I don't think that they are trying to mislead.
You're missing Cacao in Atlanta, which is a bean-to-bar boutique run by Kristin Hard.
Last time I talked to Kristen, the bean-to-bar side of her operation, which as I recall includes some non-bean-to-bar items as well, wasn't yet up and running. She told me that she would get back to me when it was, and I haven't yet heard anything from her.
Hi
Stirs the Soul Raw Chocolate Co. in Portland OR. is " Bean to Bar"
Regarding Kakawa Chocolate House, as the creator and former owner of Kakawa I can truthfully say that I was not a bean to bar chocolate maker. I used a blend of several different chocolates to make my moulded dark chocolate. I can safely say the the current owner is not, nor will he ever be, a chocolate historian, nor a chocolatier and will never be able to make chocolate bean to bar.

I may at some point in the future make my own chocolate bean to bar but have no idea when. I may make chocolate nib to bar sooner, but will be buying already roasted nibs. What would that make me? Chocolatier is fine with me.
Thank you Theo for taking care of that!

I have edited and fixed some--of my--typos, and fixed and completed some names:

Amano Artisan Chocolate
Ambrosia (ADM-owned, bean-to-couverture)
Askinosie Chocolate
Bittersweet Chocolate Cafe (Seneca is doing some really micro-batch bars)
Blommer
Chocolate Haven (Jacques Torres)
Cioccolato (located in Wyoming and Mexico--bean-to-bonbon)
De Vries Chocolate
De Zaan (ADM-owned, bean-to-couverture)
Escazu Chocolates (just starting to release a bean-to-bar line)
Fearless Chocolate Company (raw)
Ghirardelli (Owned by Lindt in Switzerland)
Guittard
Mars
Mast Brothers
Merkens (ADM-owned, bean-to-couverture)
Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory (also grows their beans on American soil)
Patric Chocolate
Peters (Cargill-owned, bean-to-couverture)
Rogue Chocolatier
Sacred Chocolate (raw)
Scharffen Berger
Soma Chocolatemaker (actually in Canada)
Taza
Tcho
Theo
Van Leer (Belgian-owned)
Wilbur (Cargill owned, bean-to-couverture)
World's Finest Chocolate
I just added Christopher Elbow to the list.

Amano Artisan Chocolate
Ambrosia (ADM-owned, bean-to-couverture)
Askinosie Chocolate
Bittersweet Chocolate Cafe (Seneca is doing some really micro-batch bars)
Blommer
Chocolate Haven (Jacques Torres)
Christopher Elbow
Cioccolato (located in Wyoming and Mexico--bean-to-bonbon)
De Vries Chocolate
De Zaan (ADM-owned, bean-to-couverture)
Escazu Chocolates (just starting to release a bean-to-bar line)
Fearless Chocolate Company (raw)
Ghirardelli (Owned by Lindt in Switzerland)
Guittard
Mars
Mast Brothers
Merkens (ADM-owned, bean-to-couverture)
Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory (also grows their beans on American soil)
Patric Chocolate
Peters (Cargill-owned, bean-to-couverture)
Rogue Chocolatier
Sacred Chocolate (raw)
Scharffen Berger
Soma Chocolatemaker (actually in Canada)
Taza
Tcho
Theo
Van Leer (Belgian-owned)
Wilbur (Cargill owned, bean-to-couverture)
World's Finest Chocolate
Christopher is making chocolate from beans? That's new. Can anyone independently confirm this?
Oops. You're right, Clay. I just checked with them, and they are still not a bean-to-bar. I deleted Elbow from the restored list below.

Amano Artisan Chocolate
Ambrosia (ADM-owned, bean-to-couverture)
Askinosie Chocolate
Bittersweet Chocolate Cafe (Seneca is doing some really micro-batch bars)
Blommer
Chocolate Haven (Jacques Torres)
Cioccolato (located in Wyoming and Mexico--bean-to-bonbon)
De Vries Chocolate
De Zaan (ADM-owned, bean-to-couverture)
Escazu Chocolates (just starting to release a bean-to-bar line)
Fearless Chocolate Company (raw)
Ghirardelli (Owned by Lindt in Switzerland)
Guittard
Mars
Mast Brothers
Merkens (ADM-owned, bean-to-couverture)
Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory (also grows their beans on American soil)
Patric Chocolate
Peters (Cargill-owned, bean-to-couverture)
Rogue Chocolatier
Sacred Chocolate (raw)
Scharffen Berger
Soma Chocolatemaker (actually in Canada)
Taza
Tcho
Theo
Van Leer (Belgian-owned)
Wilbur (Cargill owned, bean-to-couverture)
World's Finest Chocolate
What does "ADM-owned" mean?

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