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

Alan McClure
@alan-mcclure
04/22/08 07:08:42PM
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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:Guittard
updated by @alan-mcclure: 04/10/15 03:49:33AM
Alan McClure
@alan-mcclure
04/22/08 07:10:27PM
73 posts

Complete List:GuittardScharffen Berger
ChocoFiles
@chocofiles
04/22/08 08:18:31PM
251 posts
Complete List:GuittardScharffen BergerTheo
Brady
@brady
04/22/08 09:18:14PM
42 posts
Complete List:GuittardScharffen BergerTheoPatricDevriesAmanoAskinosieTchoMast BrothersOriginal Hawaiin Chocolate Factory (also grows their beans on American soil)TazaTchoThere are several more companies, many of them larger companies, but I'm not sure the point was for one person to complete the whole list.
Brady
@brady
04/22/08 09:24:34PM
42 posts
I just remembered, Casey started a similar discussion in the Uncategorized Forum covering all bean to bar making countries.
Alan McClure
@alan-mcclure
04/22/08 09:25:23PM
73 posts
Complete List:GuittardScharffen BergerTheoPatricDevriesAmanoAskinosieTchoMast BrothersOriginal Hawaiin Chocolate Factory (also grows their beans on American soil)TazaTchoRogue ChocolatierBlommer
Alan McClure
@alan-mcclure
04/22/08 09:41:17PM
73 posts
Thanks, I see that now. Well, hopefully the additional ones that we come up with here can be added to her list as well. Also, personally I'd like to stick to American-owned companies, and not include companies that have manufacturing facilities in the US, but that are foreign-owned.
Susie Norris
@susie-norris
04/22/08 11:09:06PM
21 posts
I'm adding to the list:GuittardScharffen BergerTheoPatricDevriesAmanoAskinosieTchoMast BrothersOriginal Hawaiian Chocolate Factory (also grows their beans on American soil)TazaTchoRogue ChocolatierBlommerChocolate Haven (Jacques Torres)
Clay Gordon
@clay
04/22/08 11:16:25PM
1,680 posts
Care to include a Canadian company? Soma in Toronto.Also, Oscar Ortega of Cioccolato in Jackson Hole, WY (he is also the captain of the Mexican team for this year's World Pastry Forum) makes small batches of chocolate that he uses in his confections. There are also branches in Mexico City and La Paz, MX, but I don't know if everything is owned by a Mexican company or a US company.Also, take a look at Kakawa. Mark Sciscenti is the proprietor. From their site: "Please note that we are a small artisanal chocolate maker. ... And, of course, we make and sell chocolate elixirs, wonderful and exotically flavored chocolate truffles, and dark molded chocolates." I think the latter counts as a "bar" in the broadest sense of the word.Also: World's Finest Chocolate.What about ADM or one of its brands? I know they're industrial, but they include Ambrosia and Merckens as well as De Zaan. Maybe they're not bars - but their chocolates are molded by others into bars.


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Alan McClure
@alan-mcclure
04/23/08 09:45:58AM
73 posts
Thanks Clay, and everyone else.Well, maybe in order to create as much awareness of how things are organized as possible, it makes sense to include larger bean-to-couverture brands, and even foreign-owned brands that have manufacturing plants in the US. However, I think that it would be good to add the extra information parenthetically. I'll start below.Complete List So Far:GuittardScharffen BergerTheoPatricDevriesAmanoAskinosieTchoMast BrothersOriginal Hawaiian Chocolate Factory (also grows their beans on American soil)TazaTchoRogue ChocolatierBlommerChocolate Haven (Jacques Torres)Ambrosia (ADM-owned bean-to-couverture)Merkens (ADM-owned bean-to-couverture)De Zaan (ADM-owned bean-to-couverture)Soma Chocolatemaker (actually in Canada)Cioccolato (located in Wyoming and Mexico; bean-to-bonbon)World's Finest ChocolateBittersweet Chocolate Cafe (Seneca is doing some really micro-batch bars)MarsSacred Chocolate (raw)Fearless Chocolate Company (raw)Escazu Chocolates (just starting to release a bean-to-bar line)Van Leer (Belgian-owned)Wilbur (Cargill owned, bean-to-couverture)Peters (Cargill-owned, bean-to-couverture)Ghirardelli (Owned by Lindt in Switzerland)As I understand it, the only Lindt-owned factory in the US, is the Ghirardelli factory in California. Please correct me if I am wrong. Also, in Casey's thread, Kraft is mentioned. Do they make chocolate in the US, and if so, what is it that they are making? They are German-owned as far as I can tell.Regarding Kakawa, I am not sure. I visited their site and they mention blending chocolates. Does anyone have any further info? Finally, I've heard through the grapevine that Jacques Torres is not making bean-to-bar chocolate anymore. Can anyone confirm or deny this?
ChocoFiles
@chocofiles
04/23/08 09:59:19AM
251 posts
This list is very helpful. Alan, you really know your stuff and you must have access to some good resources to add so much to this list! The list is getting so long that I alphabetized it. If you add to the list please put new entries in their correct spot in the alphabetized list.AmanoAmbrosia (ADM-owned bean-to-couverture)AskinosieBittersweet Chocolate Cafe (Seneca is doing some really micro-batch bars)BlommerChocolate Haven (Jacques Torres)Cioccolato (located in Wyoming and Mexico; bean-to-bonbon)DevriesDe 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)GuittardMarsMast BrothersMerkens (ADM-owned bean-to-couverture)Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory (also grows their beans on American soil)PatricPeters (Cargill-owned, bean-to-couverture)Rogue ChocolatierSacred Chocolate (raw)Scharffen BergerSoma Chocolatemaker (actually in Canada)TchoTheoTazaTchoVan Leer (Belgian-owned)Wilbur (Cargill owned, bean-to-couverture)World's Finest Chocolate
ChocoFiles
@chocofiles
04/23/08 10:09:46AM
251 posts
A question about Escazu...They're in my city, so I recently visited their store. The building is only the size of a small one story house, and the shop seems to take up most of the space, so I got to wondering what is the minimum amount of space for the equipment that one would need to be able to make chocolate from bean to bar? I've only been to Theo in Seattle, (but I didn't have time for the factory tour) but they have a very large warehouse size building. I've also seen pictures on the internet and the equipment for each stage ooks really large, but maybe that's for a huge company. Would Escazu be considered microbatch?
Alan McClure
@alan-mcclure
04/23/08 10:12:31AM
73 posts
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 ChocolateAmbrosia (ADM-owned, bean-to-couverture)Askinosie ChocolateBittersweet Chocolate Cafe (Seneca is doing some really micro-batch bars)BlommerChocolate Haven (Jacques Torres)Cioccolato (located in Wyoming and Mexico--bean-to-bonbon)De Vries ChocolateDe 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)GuittardMarsMast BrothersMerkens (ADM-owned, bean-to-couverture)Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory (also grows their beans on American soil)Patric ChocolatePeters (Cargill-owned, bean-to-couverture)Rogue ChocolatierSacred Chocolate (raw)Scharffen BergerSoma Chocolatemaker (actually in Canada)TazaTchoTheoVan Leer (Belgian-owned)Wilbur (Cargill owned, bean-to-couverture)World's Finest Chocolate
Alan McClure
@alan-mcclure
04/23/08 10:19:27AM
73 posts
I would think so. You could certainly e-mail Hal at Escazu and ask him this very question, but my impression is that we are not talking "Theo-sized" in the least.
Nancy Wilberg Ricks
@nancy-wilberg-ricks
04/23/08 11:33:41AM
3 posts
I just added Christopher Elbow to the list.Amano Artisan ChocolateAmbrosia (ADM-owned, bean-to-couverture)Askinosie ChocolateBittersweet Chocolate Cafe (Seneca is doing some really micro-batch bars)BlommerChocolate Haven (Jacques Torres)Christopher ElbowCioccolato (located in Wyoming and Mexico--bean-to-bonbon)De Vries ChocolateDe 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)GuittardMarsMast BrothersMerkens (ADM-owned, bean-to-couverture)Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory (also grows their beans on American soil)Patric ChocolatePeters (Cargill-owned, bean-to-couverture)Rogue ChocolatierSacred Chocolate (raw)Scharffen BergerSoma Chocolatemaker (actually in Canada)TazaTchoTheoVan Leer (Belgian-owned)Wilbur (Cargill owned, bean-to-couverture)World's Finest Chocolate
Clay Gordon
@clay
04/23/08 12:07:39PM
1,680 posts
Christopher is making chocolate from beans? That's new. Can anyone independently confirm this?


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Nancy Wilberg Ricks
@nancy-wilberg-ricks
04/23/08 12:40:58PM
3 posts
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 ChocolateAmbrosia (ADM-owned, bean-to-couverture)Askinosie ChocolateBittersweet Chocolate Cafe (Seneca is doing some really micro-batch bars)BlommerChocolate Haven (Jacques Torres)Cioccolato (located in Wyoming and Mexico--bean-to-bonbon)De Vries ChocolateDe 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)GuittardMarsMast BrothersMerkens (ADM-owned, bean-to-couverture)Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory (also grows their beans on American soil)Patric ChocolatePeters (Cargill-owned, bean-to-couverture)Rogue ChocolatierSacred Chocolate (raw)Scharffen BergerSoma Chocolatemaker (actually in Canada)TazaTchoTheoVan Leer (Belgian-owned)Wilbur (Cargill owned, bean-to-couverture)World's Finest Chocolate
ChocoFiles
@chocofiles
04/23/08 01:07:01PM
251 posts
What does "ADM-owned" mean?
ChocoFiles
@chocofiles
04/23/08 02:18:11PM
251 posts
I'm adding these from the other discussion of worldwide bean to bar makers:Jacques TorresKraftNestleComplete listAmanoAmbrosia (ADM-owned, bean-to-couverture)AskinosieBittersweet Chocolate Cafe (Seneca is doing some really micro-batch bars)BlommerChocolate Haven (Jacques Torres)Cioccolato (located in Wyoming and Mexico--bean-to-bonbon)DeVriesDe 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)GuittardJacques TorresKraftMarsMast BrothersMerkens (ADM-owned, bean-to-couverture)NestleOriginal Hawaiian Chocolate Factory (also grows their beans on American soil)Patric ChocolatePeters (Cargill-owned, bean-to-couverture)Rogue ChocolatierSacred Chocolate (raw)Scharffen BergerSoma Chocolatemaker (actually in Canada)TazaTchoTheoVan Leer (Belgian-owned)Wilbur (Cargill owned, bean-to-couverture)World's Finest Chocolate
cybele
@cybele
04/23/08 02:48:54PM
37 posts
Wilbur makes "bean-to-bar" or other confections that are available to the public, not just couveture to the trade.
cybele
@cybele
04/23/08 02:52:24PM
37 posts
ADM is a huge agri-food conglomerate, similar to Cargill.It stands for Archer Daniels Midland.Here's info on their Candy & Chocolate division:http://www.admworld.com/naen/food/candy.aspFor the record, here's Cargill's info:http://www.cargill.com/products/food/ps_cocoa.htm

updated by @cybele: 09/12/15 02:32:16PM
Alan McClure
@alan-mcclure
04/23/08 04:37:27PM
73 posts
Hi Cybele,Good catch. The website isn't clear about that here:http://www.wilburchocolate.com/But I did a little checking and found this:http://www.wilburbuds.com/Updated List:Amano Artisan ChocolateAmbrosia (ADM-owned, bean-to-couverture)Askinosie ChocolateBittersweet Chocolate Cafe (Seneca is doing some micro-batch bars)Blommer Chocolate CompanyCioccolato (located in Wyoming and Mexico--bean-to-bonbon)De Vries ChocolateDe 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)GuittardJacques TorresKraft (German-owned)MarsMast BrothersMerkens (ADM-owned, bean-to-couverture)Nestle (Swiss-owned)Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory (also grows their beans on American soil)Patric ChocolatePeters (Cargill-owned, bean-to-couverture)Rogue ChocolatierSacred Chocolate (raw)Scharffen BergerSoma Chocolatemaker (actually in Canada)TazaTchoTheoVan Leer (Belgian-owned)Wilbur (Cargill-owned, bean-to-bar)World's Finest Chocolate
ChocoFiles
@chocofiles
04/23/08 05:27:43PM
251 posts
If a chocolate company is NOT bean to bar, but uses couverture what is that kind of company called? I've heard them called "chocolatier", but is that an accurate and widely used label?
Hallot Parson
@hallot-parson
04/26/08 01:50:30PM
15 posts
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 ParsonEscazu Artisan Chocolates
Hallot Parson
@hallot-parson
04/26/08 01:57:27PM
15 posts
I was told by the guys at Union Machinery (they sell used chocolate manufacturing equipment) that Jacques Torres was selling off all of his from the bean equipment because they were having various issues in making the chocolate. These are the guys that sold him all of the equipment in the first place, so it seems somewhat credible, but the Jacques Torres website still shows bean to bar production. If anyone is in NYC and has the inside scoop on this, I would love to know if its true.These guys also told me that they have 60 customers who are currently attempting to set up bean to bar production, so we may soon see a flood of bars on the market.Hallot
Clay Gordon
@clay
04/26/08 04:04:55PM
1,680 posts
One French term is "fondeur" - melter.I guess it depends on what you think of as a chocolatier. If a shop buys most of its stuff (truffles, bon bons) but makes chocolate-dipped pretzels are they a chocolatier?In the end, I don't really care where the line is drawn. I will continue to appreciate most those who work to express their own creative visions, not sell someone else's.


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Clay Gordon
@clay
04/28/08 11:16:50AM
1,680 posts
All:I have created a simple database that will enable us to track these companies more easily. It is located here.PLEASE DO NOT ADD ANY MORE COMPANY NAMES HERE. Please add them in the database. If you have added a company to this list, please consider making an entry in the database for it.Thanks in advance,:: Clay


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Clay Gordon
@clay
04/28/08 11:20:07AM
1,680 posts
I would not be surprised that the number is this large, and I think it's a good thing. I have long held the opinion that if a city is large enough to support a micro-brewery or brew-pub (or three) it's large enough to support a micro- to medium-batch chocolate company.It also would not surprise me that JT is selling off his chocolate-making equipment. The universal grinder/refiner/conche he bought is very noisy and probably can't be run during normal business hours without stressing out the staff and customers.


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ChocoFiles
@chocofiles
08/12/08 01:14:04PM
251 posts
QUOTE: "I have created a simple database that will enable us to track these companies more easily. It is located here. PLEASE DO NOT ADD ANY MORE COMPANY NAMES HERE. Please add them in the database. If you have added a company to this list, please consider making an entry in the database for it." /QUOTEClay,Has any more progress been made on updating this database? I seem to recall that you were going to look into other options to make it more usable. For instance, going with the theme of this thread, it would need to be able to produce a report with U.S. bean to bar makers. Other reports needed are 1) a report for each company that lists all of the data collected for that company , 2) Reports by country, 3) A complete list of just the chocolate makers grouped by country.Ideally, it would be great to have a way to import this data directly into an Access database so that no data re-entry has to be done. At a minimum there has to be a way to print these reports so that we can have it in a hard copy.I think this is a very useful project, so I hope it will continue to grow and improve.
Falka
@falka
09/17/08 10:57:17PM
1 posts
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?
Alan McClure
@alan-mcclure
09/18/08 06:19:44AM
73 posts
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.
Cecilamor
@cecilamor
01/25/09 11:27:31AM
2 posts
Hi, i read you list and like it a lot but please take some time to check this french chocolatier, the brand is RICHART Chocolat, their website www.richartchocolates.com
Cecilamor
@cecilamor
01/25/09 11:28:18AM
2 posts
HI sorry me again the website address was wrong, is www.richart.com
Clay Gordon
@clay
01/25/09 09:59:04PM
1,680 posts
I am still working on an acceptable replacement - it's harder than it seems because while di do have some programming knowledge, I don't have a lot of database programming knowledge. The kinds of sorts and filters you're talking about will be included in what gets delivered.It will be possible to print reports directly from pages generated by the database without having to do and export/import.


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Sara Litke
@sara-litke
01/26/09 12:57:56PM
1 posts
Hey All,One thing that may be helpful to think about is that just because chocolate is American produced doesn't mean that the creation of that chocolate was done justly or equitably. All American chocolate companies still import cocoa beans from Latin America, Africa or Asia, and unfortunately slave-like child labor conditions are still employed on many of these farms. (see http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/fairtrade/cocoa/background.html for more info/resources)Perhaps it would be of interest to some of you to know about American chocolate companies (and international companies) that import cocoa beans and produce chocolate under Fair Trade standards: that is, the trade guarantees a minimum price under direct contracts, prohibits abusive child labor, promotes environmental sustainability, and requires democratic governance and the admittance of labor unions for farms. If so, take a look at the following link: http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/fairtrade/cocoa/retailers.html.If you'd like to help educate others about Fair Trade Chocolate, participate in our Second National Valentine's Day of Action: 3,000 for Fair Trade this February and win a Fair Trade chocolate gift worth $40! Get an educator to teach our Fair Trade Cocoa Curriculum in the classroom before February 14. The free booklet, curriculum and flyers are available at http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/fairtrade/cocoa/.Keep thinking about that chocolate!Sara Litke
cybele
@cybele
01/26/09 01:13:22PM
37 posts
Hershey's does not roast their own beans any longer, they buy liquor from Callebaut. (Though I believe they're still sourcing their own beans, just outsourcing the process.) Yes, they own Scharffen Berger, but it is its own discrete factory at this time from the rest of the Hershey's production line.I wasn't aware that TCHO wasn't roasting their own beans. They show a lot of pictures of them playing with beans on their website.
cm
@cm
01/26/09 05:19:37PM
1 posts
TCHO most definitely is bean to bar. They go straight to the farmers to get their beans, and roast their own.
Louis Rossetto
@louis-rossetto
01/26/09 09:19:15PM
3 posts
Jay's post about TCHO is wrong. We at TCHO buy our beans directly from farmers or coops, we personally oversee their roasting to our own proprietary roast protocols and profiles, and then we manufacture beans from the liquor made from the roasts.
Alan McClure
@alan-mcclure
01/27/09 06:14:22AM
73 posts
Hi Louis,Good to meet you, if only online!Do you roast those beans in your San Francisco facility, or are they roasted elsewhere, for example at origin?Happy New Year,Alan
Clay Gordon
@clay
01/27/09 09:49:21AM
1,680 posts
What most people would consider a "true" bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturer would physically do their own roasting and grind liquor from those beans on their own machines - not have someone else do those steps to their specs/protocols.


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Jim2
@jim2
01/28/09 04:34:42AM
49 posts
Sara,Have you ever visited a "Fair Trade" cocoa farm? If so, please indicate where the farm is and what the conditions were. I would REALLY be interested in any visits made to Latin America, Africa or Asia, where slave-like child labor conditions are still employed on many of these farms.Jim Lucas
updated by @jim2: 09/10/15 12:05:53AM
Kate Greene
@kate-greene
01/28/09 12:36:08PM
5 posts
Back to the original thread of this post and bean-to-bar chocolate makers ... wikipedia has a global list (like the one from seventy percent). Not just US or North American. I noticed some missing companies on the list. If you belong, think about adding yourself to the wikipedia bean-to-bar list... Here's the link (don't be misled by the title in the link, it redirects to a bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturer list)... also...all the caveats about wikipedia apply...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_chocolate_manufacturersKate
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