Pacific Coast Highway- the Road Paved with Chocolate

As you might have heard (from us), at the Northwest Chocolate Festival we sold all of Georg's books and all of our MUCHOMAS Chocolate that we had brought! After our adventures in Seattle, we headed down the coast.

Desperately in need of the world's greatest treat, we headed south on the PCH to check out the chocolate factories of our newest friends from the Festival. 

First, we stopped in Portland to checkout Pitch Dark Chocolate. We tried some amazing bars made with fine Nicaraguan cacao! Can't wait till next year when they move into their new factory.

Next on the list was Lillie Belle Farms in Eugene. What an amazing shop! Check out this chocolate guitar made by Jeff!

Jeff and his band play in the factory all the time- let's call it happy chocolate!

Jeff's shop doubles as a "No Kill Shelter" for Grateful Dead tapes

Jeff's shop doubles as a "No Kill Shelter" for Grateful Dead tapes

Heading into Cali, we went straight to Dick Taylor. Wow. Not only is the chocolate world class, but the woodwork is too. Nestled in the Redwood forests, Adam Dick and Dustin Taylor just completed a chocolate factory with incredible woodwork inspired by their days as carpenters.

Dick Taylor's new shop and factory in downtown Eureka

Dick Taylor's new shop and factory in downtown Eureka

From there, we headed straight to San Francisco next. San Fran is a hotbed of all things chocolate and Dandelion was our favorite. Perhaps it was the European drinking chocolate, but seriously the diversity of cacao products like chocolate bitters is inspiring!

Last stop on the tour was San Diego to see friends and family - and luckily, Dan Pearson. Dan is the brains and brawn behind Marañon, a cacao powerhouse! In fact, we arrived just in time to celebrate with Dan. His beans, in a bar made by our friends at Fruition, won a Gold Medal at the 2015 International Chocolate Awards! Just that day!! Amazing Dan, congrats!