Dandelion Chocolate provides the best bean-to-bar experience in the Mission District
The Mission District in San Francisco has always been a hip and happening place. The district is a showcase of cultural attractions with a vibrant arts community and street murals. It is also a source for some of the best dining and food options in the city and these range from the most expensive to cheap options. There are a ton of bars, cafes, and dessert spots in the neighborhood.
For dessert and chocolate lovers, the best spot in the Mission District is Dandelion Chocolate. On their website, Dandelion Chocolate states that they are a "bean-to-bar" chocolate maker. Bean-to-bar chocolate is the processing involved when the chocolate maker is involved in the entire process of making chocolate starting from the cocoa bean. This is different from chocolate being made from cocoa powder or chocolate compound.
The making of chocolate really varies from place to place. This is Dandelion Chocolate's statement on how their chocolates are made,
For over 10 years, we've been turning cocoa beans and organic sugar into single-origin dark chocolate. We travel and build lasting relationships with cocoa farmers and producers, then craft small batches of chocolate back home in our San Francisco factory. With a minimal approach, we aim to highlight different cocoa beans' distinctive flavor notes - from classic fudge to tangy fruit.
Basically, single-origin chocolate is Dandelion Chocolate's speciality. This means that the chocolate that they make is sourced from a specific location - a single origin. The company works with different partners including farmers and producers for the single origin cocoa beans.
For example, their cocoa beans are sourced from countries like Tanzania, Madagascar, India, Vietnam, Guatemala, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Belize. All these locations are infamous for their cocoa production.
Experiencing Dandelion Chocolate
Dandelion Chocolate is located at 740 Valencia Street in San Francsico in the Baja Noe neighborhood. Currently on weekends, Valencia Street is closed off to traffic so there is a feel of gaiety about the place with musicians and people walking around everywhere.
The Dandelion Chocolate store and factory are located close to each other.
As soon as you enter the shop, the place is filled with the aroma of chocolate and there is a spacious and elegant bar displaying the chocolates.
Dandelion Chocolate sells chocolate bars, pastries, and gift packages. The chocolate bars are named after the origin of their beans so you can choose to buy chocolate from the different countries that it is sourced from.
The chocolates are divided into categories of Classic Chocolate, Well-Balanced and Bold & Unexpected.
You can also buy chocolate chip cookies, S'mores, chocolate-based beverages and other desserts and treats made out of chocolate. To go along with your chocolate, there is coffee on the menu.
In additon to selling products, Dandelion Chocolate offers different online classes from how to taste distinctive single-origin chocolates to making your own truffles. They also offer private classes for large groups and a class for kids.
If you are in the San Francisco Mission District area, don't forget to stop by Dandelion Chocolate.