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America’s finest dark chocolate should be crafted with the same skill and detail as the world’s best wine.


At least that’s what winemaker John Scharffenberger thought when he co-founded Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker with Robert Steinberg in 1997, using his vintner’s knowledge to become America’s first "bean to bar" chocolate maker in over 50 years and leading this country’s contemporary resurgence in artisan chocolate-making.


It’s a time-honed tradition that still exists today. By selecting the best beans from small sustainable farms in fabled cacao-producing countries like Tanzania and Peru, the craftsman at Scharffen Berger then blend, roast and refine their product, highlighting specific flavors of each origin to create rich chocolate with balance and pleasing complexity.


"From making wine, I learned a lot about flavor and its origins in nature,” says John Scharffenberger. “This same idea carries over to chocolate making. We simply try to bring out all the terrific cacao flavors--the deep tones, the red-fruit sweetness, and a final, long crescendo of taste."

From notes of dried figs to overtones of honey, Scharffen Berger's gourmet bars, tasting squares and baking chocolates delight the senses with a multitude of rich flavors. Here are a few of our favorites, perfect to serve at home or to gift to discerning foodie friends. 
Sea Salt Bark 
Sea Salt Bark is the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Made with SCHARFFEN BERGER 70% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate dusted with sea salt, it’s a delicious treat!
MILK NIBBY® Milk Chocolate with Roasted Cacao Nibs unites the luxurious caramel richness of Scharffen Berger milk chocolate with the delicious and crunchy texture of roasted cacao beans, also known as nibs. Taste the flavor of pure cacao!
62% Mocha Bar
With great texture and real coffee in every bite, the 62% Mocha Bar is made with finely ground Sumatran espresso beans. This classic mocha flavor combines gourmet chocolate and coffee.
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