8 Top Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Makers Around the U.S.
Bean-to-bar chocolate is having a moment: In 2005 there were only a handful of makers in the U.S., and now there are around 200. What exactly is bean-to-bar chocolate, or craft chocolate, as it’s often called? Unlike chocolatiers, who use premade chocolate that they melt and turn into truffles, bark and other confections, bean-to-bar makers start with whole cocoa beans, which they roast, grind and smoothen into chocolate from scratch. It’s a long, arduous process, but the focus on high-quality beans and intense flavor means they’re transforming chocolate from a childhood treat to an adult essential. Check out these top-notch makers below and also check out Zagat's Instagram all week long for a live-stream from Portland's Woodblock as well as other Chocolate Week content. Sweet.