I am kicking off the Chocolate section with an overview of Dandelion Chocolate because this brand is about as close to pure as chocolate gets. In fact, they have a 100% bar!
Dandelion is a bean-to-bar chocolate company based in San Francisco and they specialize in dark chocolate in its purest form – with “cocoa beans” and “cane sugar” listed as the only ingredients on each of the less-than-100% bars.
I first discovered Dandelion sometime last year when I was blown away by a YouTube video of their production process that I stumbled upon. The video is a great marketing tool because the chocolate becomes a must-try when you realize the level of care and effort put into each bar. They do not ignore any details, whether it’s traveling thousands of miles to source collections of beans or it’s hand wrapping each bar with their elegant signature packaging.
Attention to detail comes out in the flavor. You can taste significant differences between chocolate made from beans native to one region versus chocolate made from beans native to another region – and each bar is labeled based on the origination of the beans (I highly recommend the Taster’s Set). The collection of chocolate bars I’ve had from this company sets the standard by which other chocolate I’ve tried and will try will be judged. As of this post, Dandelion’s collection sits at the top and it’s really not even close.
Quality, however, comes with a price; if you want one of these bars, they don’t come cheap. Get ready to shell out $8.00 per bar at a Dandelion kiosk or online, or pay $8.99 at a retailer.