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Valencia Resumes Production

Valencia Resumes Production

Since production at our Valencia location shut down in 2020, we have missed the hum of melangers, our banter with chocolate makers, and of course, the irresistible scent of chocolate being made. After thinking long and hard about how to reintroduce production at...

Celebrating Norah’s 10-Year Dandelion Anniversary

Celebrating Norah’s 10-Year Dandelion Anniversary

This month Norah celebrates 10 years at Dandelion! Elaine sat down with Norah to ask her a few questions about her decade of many roles, locations, and experiences (and to give a hat tip to her trademark bow expertise). Happy anniversary, Norah! Norah, give us a quick...

Origin Trip: Hawaii – Part I

Origin Trip: Hawaii – Part I

Alooooooo-hah, readers! At the start of September, two seven-team-member Dandelion groups embarked, one after the other, on whirlwind tours of cacao farms and chocolate factories in Hawaii — our first Origin Trips in nearly four years. As a lucky member of Group 2...

Celebrating Snooky’s Tenth Year at Dandelion

Celebrating Snooky’s Tenth Year at Dandelion

Ten years ago Snooky first came to our small factory on Valencia Street to help us with an electrical-machine mystery that no one could solve. His much-needed consultancy quickly evolved into a decade-long relationship whose anniversary we celebrate today. Formally,...

Emperors, Chocolates, and Notes in Passing

Emperors, Chocolates, and Notes in Passing

In a previous life, among the trappings of a tiny shop in Manhattan’s West Village, I stocked glass vases and galvanized steel buckets with all manner of floral delights, and prepared wild-looking bouquets to order for local residents. Each year, just prior to...

A Tribute to Chuck

A Tribute to Chuck

  We have a tradition at Dandelion of celebrating birthdays. We ask everyone what their favorite treat is on their first day, and then on their birthday, their team typically surprises them with pizza, a chocolate eclair, or a little cheese plate. There have been...

Chuck Visits the Chocolate Machines at Dandelion Chocolate Japan

Chuck Visits the Chocolate Machines at Dandelion Chocolate Japan

Chuck is our Chocolate Production Mechanic who helps to keep the factories running here in SF. His engineering skills are second to none; he’s never met a machine he couldn’t woo into working at its best. In November, 2019 he was asked to bring his knowledge and elbow...

From Pod to Flight to Plate

From Pod to Flight to Plate

Roman is the sous chef at Bloom, our chocolate salon inside the San Francisco 16th Street Factory. The most important thing a chef can do to improve is to travel. Luckily, Dandelion Chocolate is founded by people who appreciate and foster these experiences. My journey...

Pairing Sake with Chocolate at Umami Mart

Pairing Sake with Chocolate at Umami Mart

Kayoko Akabori is one of the founders of Umami Mart, an Oakland importer and retailer of Japanese food, barware, and household goods, and an online blog of food and drink. Brandon, our staff accountant, is a huge fan of the store, and he noticed that they expanded...