Dandelion Chocolate is one of San Francisco’s finest chocolate makers

Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I'm currently researching and writing volume II of "Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate". Volume I was published in September, 2013.

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  1. The wrapping on the bars from Dandelion chocolate are beautiful, they look like elegant Christmas gifts. You visit so many manufacturers, I wondered if you ever get surprised by the processes you come across? Do you ever think about making your own chocolate?

  2. Doreen

    Hi Debra: No, I am not interested in making chocolate. There are many people who make wonderful chocolate. I will leave it to them!

    Yes, I am fortunate in that I get to see the chocolate-making process of many chocolatiers and chocolate makers. It is indeed fascinating, as each have different equipment and a different approach.

    Regarding surprises: Yes, I was really surprised at the magnitude of the Chocolat Frey factory in Switzerland! It is massive, and yet spotlessly clean, and they produce some very fine tasting chocolate. So, although artisanal chocolate is most often created by very small operations like Dandelion, there are larger companies who also make some darn good chocolate. Thanks for posing the questions. :-)

  3. I agree with Deb…the packaging is beautiful! That’s as important, in terms of marketing. And how interesting to know that the fruity flavor of the bean can vary. I wonder if that helps or hurts them in any way? In ordinary brands, it is the consistency of the product flavor that seems to appeal to folks!
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  4. Thx for your comment, Jacqueline.

    Think of artisanal chocolate the same way you would fine wine. Just as the flavour of a vintage changes from year to year, the flavour of chocolate will change depending on the cocoa beans used, and how they have been processed. That is why the chocolate of each chocolate maker is different and will vary depending on the specific beans used.
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  5. Susan Cooper

    I will have to make a point to visit this chocolatier in the near future. I do love the packaging, I also know that the contents do not disappoint. :)
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  6. Catarina says:

    Agree completely with everyone about the wonderful wrappings and the importance of that. Get the feeling their chocolate is delicious. It’s amazing how many wonderful chocolate makers there are in the world. Must be a treat for you to try what they produce.
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    • Doreen

      Hi Catarina and thanks for your comment.

      Yes, I’m a firm believer that fine chocolate should satisfy all 5 senses: You see the chocolate or the attractive packaging, you feel the chocolate or the texture of the wrapping, you smell the chocolate, you hear the snap of the chocolate (or the rustling of the wrapper as you open it) and you taste the delicious chocolate. It truly is a multi-sensuous experience.

  7. Mmm, sounds really tasty! To bad I´m so far away from these places, not even on the same continent. Still, I really enjoyed reading about your visit to this chocolate producing café, but not without envy. Next time, please enjoy an extra piece of chocolate for me as well! Have a great day! 😀
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    • Doreen

      What country are you in, Bjorn? There is magnificent chocolate in pretty much every country of the world. You just have to look for it! And that’s where my book comes in, as the 1st volume of Chocolatour takes in the best of Europe and the UK.

      Thanks for dropping by the blog.

  8. Ugh! SHARE!!! lol. That packaging is lovely!
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  9. Abby says:

    You are so lucky that you get to see the chocolate-making process of many chocolatiers and chocolate makers. I also really love the packaging :)

  10. Cheryl

    Wow… so much done by hand. That shows the character of the chocolate maker.
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    • Doreen

      Hi Cheryl and thanks for your comment.

      Yes, I believe that artisanal chocolate makers show a real passion for the work that they do. Todd told me that the flavour develops in the cocoa beans thru each step of the process, and so you can’t rush good chocolate, and if you don’t take the care, the quality of the product will suffer. They are small, and they are slow, but the quality that Dandelion Chocolate produces is evident from the first bite. The packaging reflects that level of care and excellence.

  11. Jason B

    Looks like some good chocolate.
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  12. Shrey Patel says:

    I really like this Chocolates :) Great Job !
    It is incredible and informative knowledge
    Very inspiring.
    This is great and just what i’ve looking for. Thanks a lot.

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