Late in 2011, I made a conscious decision to try to attempt to eat locally. Avoid chains restaurants as much as humanly possible and instead eat at locally established restaurants. I’ve added local chocolate artisans to that list. Since when did I become that person? During the saw the economic downturn, I saw that friends and family were affected — many who owned and or ran a small business. So I decided to try to purchase as many things as possible from small businesses while helping the economy. There was an added bonus if it was local. Thankfully my sweet tooth can also help.
While David Bacco is not a San Diego native, he relocated to Southern California in 2010 to continue creating chocolates that he initially started in 2008 in Madison, Wisconsin under David Bacco Chocolats. Now as David Bacco Chocolatier, he’s introduced San Diego to his more of his handcrafted chocolates. Yes, each one is individually handcrafted by a company run by only two people.
One thing to note is that his all of the chocolates — from the aromatic Ceylon to exotic Rio — is well thought out. Many of them have as Asian-inspired flavored with some having hints of lemon grass, mango, Chai, lime, jasmine and cardamon. Last fall, David created chocolates inspired by local craft beer. It’s not just a one-note chocolate and many of the individual pieces resemble glistening, delicious gemstones that can be consumed. All his creations has depth that should be thoughtfully consumed much like wine.
From experience, here’s the way you should consume any good quality chocolate especially one as high caliber from David Bacco:
- Notice any the glossiness and sheen of the chocolate.
- Smell the chocolate. Are there any lingering aromas?
- Don’t just chomp. Allow chocolate to melt in your mouth allowing the flavors to slowly reveal themselves.
With all complexity his chocolate, it’s so much easier to enjoy.
David Bacco Chocolatier can be purchased online as a customized four, nine or 18-piece selection and single origin bars. They can also be found at Seaside Market in Cardiff by the Sea, Harvest Ranch Grocery stores, Jonathan’s in La Jolla and coming soon, Albertson’s in Del Mar.
Now for the giveaway. Leave a comment on your favorite way to eat chocolate and I’ll randomly chose one person to receive a 9-piece box of chocolates to receive just in time for Valentine’s Day courtesy of me! Giveaway ends February 8 and is only open to U.S. residents. Good luck!
Congratulations to lucky number 2 — Lorena! The winner was chosen using Random.org selecting one person out of 24 responses. I wish I could give everyone a box of chocolates because all the responses were hilarious. Please email me your address Lorena and I’ll send out the chocolates to you ASAP.
Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review.