East Bay Chocolatiers
Source local for this year's box of chocolates.
Alegio Chocolate in Berkeley
We all know that chocolate is a must on Valentine’s Day. We featured several East Bay chocolatiers in our February issue, but there are so many more to choose from. Below are several other excellent local confectioners who can help you woo your sweetheart, tell mom how much you love her, or simply show appreciation for a friend!
This Berkeley chocolatier’s delicacies are inspired by European techniques and centuries of cocoa cultures. They offer a variety of inventive flavor combinations, including Orange & Ginger, The Scotch, Santa Domingo 67% (hints of green olive, licorice, currants, and apricots), and The Caribbean 66% (earthy, rich chocolate taste with hints of dried fruits and nuts).
Valentine’s Day Special: Alegio Chocolate is offering truffles with hearts for your special loved ones. Customize your own box or choose from their selection of small (2-3 pieces) to X-large (18 pieces) truffles gift boxes. Price ranges from $12.65 to $45. 1511 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, (510) 548-2466, alegio.com.
Casa De Chocolates
Drawing their inspiration from traditional desserts, candies and images of Mexico, Central America, and South America, Casa De Chocolates specializes in everything chocolate and desserts. Their boxed chocolates boast offerings such as Mayan Espresso, Tequila Butterfly, and Tamarindo.
Valentine’s Day Special: To sweeten up Valentine’s Day, Casa De Chocolates will be offering bon bon boxes with keepsake Mexican tin flaming hearts that say "con amor" (with love), solid dark chocolate hearts with MOM written in edible ink, and dark chocolate angels. 2629 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, (510) 859-7221, CasaDeChocolates.com.
This specialty chocolate shop in Danville downtown offers a large selection of assorted chocolates, truffles, nut clusters, caramel apples, and freshly dipped fruits. Some of their best treats include Grizzlies, Chocolate Dipped Cookies and Pretzels, and Caramels and Creams.
Valentine’s Day Special: Danville Chocolates will be offering 10% off of your purchase of chocolate-dipped strawberries if you order by Monday, February 6. They also offer caramel apples, chocolate dipped crackers, and chocolate oreos decorated to your heart’s desire or customized with your sweetheart’s name! 175 East Prospect Avenue, Danville, (925) 314-0001, danvillechocolates.com. Call for details and availability.
Michael Mischer Chocolates
Michael Mischer Chocolates exclusively uses chocolates made from pure variety noble-grade cocoa beans. Mr. Mischer’s chocolates are made with single-origin chocolate of Grand Cru quality from Venezuela or Ecuador. He handmade his chocolates and developed interesting shapes and fillings, including Lilikoi, Marzipan, and Green Tea.
Valentine’s Day Special: For Valentine’s Day, Michael Mischer Chocolates is offering an array of chocolate boxes: its “Valentine’s Box” for $29, “The Collection” for $70, “Adventurous” for $29, and “Classic” for $29. These gift boxes feature an assortment of heart-shaped Salted Caramels and Peanut Butters, Marzipans, Ginger Breads, Espressos, and Apple Pies. 3352 Grand Avenue, Oakland, (510) 986-1822, michaelmischerchocolates.com.
The Oakland Chocolate Company
All of the Oakland Chocolate Company’s artisan chocolates are made in Oakland exclusively using cocoa beans from Jamaica from the Parish of St. Mary. Their chocolates are preservative-free and are made in small batches for freshness. Variety ranges from their classic collection of bonbons, truffles, custom collections, to bars and dipped dried fruit.
Valentine’s Day Special: To celebrate Valentine's Day, the Oakland Chocolate Company will offer their Big Hearts, 70% cacao shells filled with chocolate and raspberry ganache and milk chocolate shells filled with white chocolate ganache and strawberries. Plus, they will have lots of heart lollies and leaf/book boxes of chocolate rose bonbons or truffles you can special order. 3228 Helen St./ Oakland, 510 545-CHOC (2462), theoaklandchocolateco.com.
Rachel Dunn Chocolates
This Concord-based chocolatier has been a local favorite for years, and while she's famous for the enormous caramel-covered "Unbelievable Apple," Rachel Dunn has long made some of the most delicious local artisan chocolates (her Dark Honeycomb Chocolate was one of our 101 favorite bites in the East Bay). 1021 Detroit Avenue, Concord, (925) 798-4321, racheldunnchocolates.com.
Valentine’s Day Special: Along with Valentine's Day assorted chocolates, this year Rachel Dunn is debuting a special series of decadent chocolate bowls, individually decorated, filled with the chocolate of your choice, and wrapped in a red box with ribbon.
The Xocolate Bar
This Berkeley-based store specializes in using organic, seasonal, and local ingredients. Their chocolate arsenal also includes several vegan options.
Valentine’s Day Special: If you want to get a little more hands-on this year, check out the Xocolate Bar's new beginning chocolate-making classes held at the Berkeley store on Monday and Wednesday evenings 6-9 p.m. The classes include notes, recipes, and a take-home box of chocolates. 1709 Solano Ave., Berkeley, (510) 525-XOCO, thexocolatebar.com.