Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics – Cafe Britt

We featured Cafe Britt in our Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics.

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White Chocolate Covered Lime Jelly
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Inspired by Florida’s favorite Key Lime Pie and world-famous citrus groves, these small, white orbs are big on refreshing, tropical flavor.

We’ve covered tangy lime-jelly chews in creamy white chocolate for a sweet treat that refreshes like a cool, ocean breeze. Packed in a colorful Miami-inspired bag, they’re as great for giving as they are for snacking.

Price $8.95 6oz bag

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Dark Chocolate Covered Passion Fruit
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Double passion for chocolate!

The rich-flavors and pleasant tropical aroma of Passion Fruit are contained within every bite of our smooth gourmet dark chocolate. An exotic delicatessen directly from Costa Rica’s unique rainforests, created by Cafe Britt, just for you the passionate chocolate lover.

Price $8.95 6oz bag


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Dark Chocolate Covered Pineapple
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Indulge with this tropical temptation!

The golden sun and wild scenery of Costa Rica has inspired Cafe Britt to create this exquisite combination of fresh golden pineapple jelly and smooth dark gourmet chocolate. The result is an exuberant flavor that celebrates nature’s best!

Price $8.95 6oz bag


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Dark Chocolate Covered Guava
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Experience an exotic treat that celebrates local tradition!

Sweet guava jelly, from fragrant guava fruits grown in the warmth climate and rich soils of nurturing Costa Rica are bathed in rich dark gourmet chocolate. Cafe Britt ‘Guayabitas’ rekindle an age-old traditional flavor in Costa Rican sweets to share with friends and family at home.

Price $8.95 6oz bag


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Dark Chocolate Covered Orange Jelly
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We couldn’t resist creating a delicious confection inspired by Florida’s most famous fruit.

This luxurious medley of dark chocolate and chewy orange jelly is pure poetry. Sweet and tangy, surprising and subtle, this is sure to be a fruit-and-chocolate-lover’s favorite. Packed in a colorful Miami-inspired bag, they’re as great for giving as they are for snacking.

Price $8.95 6oz bag

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Dark Chocolate Covered Gourmet Macadamia Nuts
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Enjoy this explosive flavor combination!

Cafe Britt’s premier macadamias, grown amid the tropical mists in Costa Rica’s volcanic soil, are delicately covered with the purest gourmet dark chocolate in small batches to attain perfection. Delight your guest with this unique sweet or indulge yourself, either way, you’ll assure contented smiles.

Price $8.95 5oz bag

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Dark Chocolate covered Gourmet Cashew Nuts
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Nurtured in the warmth of Costa Rica’s tropical climate, our prime whole cashews are delicately bathed in creamy gourmet dark chocolate to attain perfection. These festive crescents will add a warm touch to your party and be perennial favorite with friends & family.

Price $8.95 5oz bag

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White Chocolate Covered Gourmet Coffee Beans
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Latte Coffee with a twist!

Cafe Britt 100 gourmet Costa Rican espresso coffee beans are carefully roasted and delicately dipped in cocoa butter white chocolate. Our coffee’s enticing aroma and the crunchy texture of our coffee beans complement the soft white-chocolate flavor for a soothing sensation that lingers in your palate.

Price $8.95 6oz bag

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Dark Chocolate Covered Gourmet Coffee Beans
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Share our passion for coffee!

Cafe Britt 100 gourmet Costa Rican espresso coffee beans are carefully roasted and delicately dipped in creamy dark chocolate. Our coffee’s enticing aroma and the crunchy texture of our coffee beans complement the velvety chocolate flavor for a cheering sensation that lights up your palate.

Price $8.95 6oz bag

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Gourmet Gift Box Sampler
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Enjoy 8 of Cafe Britt’s very best candy creations, all packed in this beautiful gift box. It includes an assorted combination of Cafe Britt’s most popular flavors. You can find chocolate-covered pineapple, guava or passion fruit; chocolate-covered macadamia or cashews, as well as crunchy whole gourmet nuts. Of course, you can’t miss our famous fresh roasted coffee beans, all covered in creamy white or dark gourmet chocolate. Simply irresistible!

Price $8.95, 7.6oz, approx. 1 oz. per pack

For more information about these gourmet chocolates, check out Cafe Britt.

Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics – Chalmers Ganache

We featured Chalmers Ganache in our Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics.

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About Chalmers Ganache:

Founded in January 2004, Chalmers is the product of a Friday night family tradition of ice cream and TV, a beloved ritual made sweeter with the delight of a homemade ganache-like chocolate. Seizing the moment in the marketplace for a high-quality chocolate with more versatility, richness and natural dark chocolate flavor, Chalmers was born. Recipe experimentation resulted in Chalmers Ganache – made without high-fructose corn syrup unlike most traditional sauces and spreads available.

About the products:

Chalmers Ganache products are crafted from the finest imported European cocoas and blended to a luxuriously thick, silky texture. It is an exquisite, affordable chocolate indulgence and can be used in a myriad of recipes – spoon, melt, spread, or dip. Original Luxe Dark, Ultra Mint, and new Mucho Mayan Spice, are available in 8.25 oz. jars – and a beautiful gift set.

chalmers taste trio
photo courtesy of Chalmers Ganache

The stylish set includes three 8.25 oz. jars of Chalmers Ganache – one of each flavor: original Luxe Dark, Ultra Mint, and Mucho Mayan Spice, presented in a lush brown sueded gift box tied with Chalmers blue grosgrain ribbon. Suggested retail price for the set is around $30.

Additional epicurean products available online soon, will include industry-first “Patisserie Pack” presented in a pastry bag-like package for bakery/foodservice, drinking bowls and stylish logo “baby-Ts.”

The newest flavor, Mucho Mayan Spice, is a heady blend of cinnamon, chipotle chiles in Chalmers’ luscious dark chocolate ganache.

Location:

It’s a groovy little brand that’s making some waves in the fancy food world. They are available at select Whole Foods Market stores in GA, TN, SC, and NC, Naples Gourmet Grocer in Long Beach, Rice Epicurean in Houston, and other specialty food retailers as well as online at www.chalmersganache.com

Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics – Swiss Maid Fudge

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About Swiss Maid Fudge:

Swiss Maid Fudge of Wisconsin Dells, WI specializes in decadent handmade from scratch candy, just like Grandma used to make!  Swiss Maid Fudge Candy Store has delighted Midwesterners for over 45 years with its decadent and delicious confectionary treats and now their candy is available for everyone to enjoy coast to coast. Owner Jane Heller grew up in the candy business. 

About the products:

Their classic milk and dark chocolate fudge is to die for but there’s plenty of unusual fudge flavors that are just as inviting such as seasonal favorites – Creamy Dreamsicle, Smores, Cookie Dough, Butter Pecan, Creamy Strawberry and Amaretto.

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photo courtesy of Swiss Maid Fudge

Each day the staff is hard at working creating these and dozens of other sweet creations including mouth watering chocolate bars, caramels, salt water taffy, chocolate dipped angel food cake and brittles…to name a few.  Each recipe is made the European way using copper kettles and cooking over open-fired cast iron stoves. All of their homemade candy is created fresh daily in their kitchen using the finest ingredients and hand mixed on special confectionary tables. Made without artificial preservatives, artisanal candy makers at Swiss Maid Fudge cook, creatively package, and ship your order for you fresh – right from their kitchen!

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Since 1962 her family has been keeping the locals and tourists happy with a delicious variety of fudges and other amazing treats that are now available nationwide at www.swissmaidfudge.com.

Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics – FLING Chocolate

We featured FLING Chocolate in our Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics.

FLING Chocolate
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About FLING Chocolate

In January 2009, Mars Snackfood US introduced FLING™ Chocolate – a new chocolate line that is playfully flirtatious, alluring and unapologetic in its desire to tempt women to enjoy a “naughty but not that naughty™” treat.

With more than $7 billion in annual sales in the U.S., Mars North America includes food, snack and pet care segments, which are a symbol of excellence for quality brands. Headquartered in Hackettstown, New Jersey, Mars North America employs more than 15,000 associates in the U.S., with 72 facilities nationwide. Mars Snackfood US includes some of the world’s favorite brands such as, M&M’S® Brand, SNICKERS® Brand, DOVE® Chocolate Brand, MILKY WAY® Brand, 3 MUSKETEERS® Brand, and TWIX® Brand. Additional popular brands in the petcare and food segments for Mars North America include UNCLE BEN’S® Brand, PEDIGREE® Brand Food for Dogs, and WHISKAS® Brand Food for Cats.

FLING and Facts:

California women love indulging themselves, with chocolate as their primary indulgence. According to a survey of 500 California women, 85% have given into their chocolate indulgence in the past three months. Can chocolate be a replacement for men? Not yet, but California women confess that they enjoy chocolate as much as passionate kissing (77% enjoy chocolate, 75% enjoy passionate kissing). In 2009, satisfying your chocolate desire is a sure investment, as California women are committed to keeping their chocolate an affordable fling in their lives. Today, California women claim they are less likely to give up chocolate and splurging on clothes than other indulgent “flings” such as drinking gourmet coffee, having girls’ nights out and spa treatments.

“Every woman desires a moment of the day just for herself, to let inhibitions go and to indulge in what she fancies,” said Thomas Pinnau, Vice President of Indulgence, Mars Snackfood US. “FLING Chocolate is more than just a premium, light candy treat. It’s about embracing what we all love about chocolate while liberating ourselves from the guilt of indulging in what we desire.”

The brand uses the unconventional and liberating tagline “naughty but not that naughty” – a unique description for a daily indulgence that every woman longs for. Since March 2009, a tongue-in-cheek regional print, television and online advertising campaign has captured consumers’ imagination with innuendo-laden headlines and “naughty but not that naughty” commercials as well as a number of celebrity events.

“For FLING Chocolate, we are taking a limited market launch for unlimited learning. Our California launch is designed to deliver a successful brand and achieve our ultimate goal – to establish FLING Chocolate within the consumer’s chocolate repertoire,” said Pinnau. “This investment in product and marketing innovation will allow us to grow responsibly as we understand how to best engage the consumer in a meaningful way.”

FLING Chocolate bar
photo courtesy of FLING Chocolate

About the products:

Each decadent stick contains a delicate truffle sitting on a subtle crisp layer of meringue enrobed in shimmering, velvety chocolate that looks as good as the women who long for it.  But at under 85 calories per stick, FLING offers chocolate liberation – freeing every woman from the guilt of indulging in chocolate pleasure.  The new line offers three distinct flavors: milk chocolate, dark chocolate and hazelnut, so there’s no need to be afraid to commit to just one. 

Location:

FLING Chocolate is only available at California-based grocery, drug, mass merchandise, convenience and specialty stores. The suggested retail price is $0.79 for a Single Pack of two sticks and $3.39 for a Multi-Pack Carton of ten individually wrapped sticks. Los Angeles residents will have the opportunity to enjoy a FLING through unique sampling initiatives in their city. 

Additionally, FLING Chocolate is currently available to chocolate lovers everywhere at flingchocolate.com. To become a fan, please visit FLING Chocolate on Facebook!

Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics – Recchiuti Confections

We featured Recchiuti Confections in our Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics.

michaelAbout Recchiuti Confections:

Consuming about 11 pounds of the stuff per person every year, America eats and drinks all manner of chocolate, from the mass-marketed all-American candy bars to the imported bonbons and truffles of Belgium and France. Using words like “seductive,” “sensual,” and “decadent,” Americans claim chocolate as their favorite flavor when it comes to desserts. All this, yet most people in the United States are only familiar with super-sweet “snacking” chocolate, and have very little exposure to premium, dark chocolate and its myriad varieties and complex flavor profiles. Enter Recchiuti Confections, an artisan company in San Francisco on a mission to introduce consumers to “real” chocolate and to share with people what it was meant to be. There’s no going back – one bite of these handcrafted morsels will change the way you think about chocolate forever.

Recchiuti Confections was created by Michael Recchiuti and his wife Jacky Recchiuti in 1997. Michael, a self-trained chocolatier, spent many years in the test kitchen experimenting with herbal and other infusions before finally brining his creations to the masses. He founded Recchiuti Confections with the idea that once you introduce truly exquisite chocolates to people, they will be won over instantly and forever. Then, as now, he achieved those exquisite chocolates by painstakingly selecting each ingredient – all natural – that would go into the final creation. Michael is constantly on the lookout for the freshest herbs and spices that make Recchiuti Confections a necessary indulgence and have made them an obsession to consumers nationwide.

About the products:

Everything at Recchiuti Confections is handmade in small batches using traditional European techniques.

Over time, other confections were added to the Recchiuti repertoire including dessert sauces that taste as good straight from the jar as they do over ice cream, over-sized gourmet chocolate bars, heavenly Fudge Brownies, chocolate-coated Key Lime Pears and a do-it-yourself S’mores Kit. Here are two of their most popular products:

recchiuti confectionsCreativity Explored Box III (3.5 oz, 8 pieces) $21 **This is a gift that gives back!**
Recchiuti Confections released brand new collection of art-adorned chocolates. The third in the Creativity Explored series features the work of Vincent Jackson, Bay Area artist and long-time CE studio contributor. Pieces of Burnt Caramel chocolate serve as tiny canvases inspiring the artist to create something compelling, beautiful and delicious. 
 
Your purchase of the Creativity Explored series helps the organization continue its work. each sale goes to Creativity Explored, a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art.

 

recchiuti confectionsBlack Box (16 pieces; 8 ounces) $44
A chocolate assortment containing Tarragon Grapefruit, Burnt Caramel, Lavender Vanilla, Sur de Lago, Lemon Verbena, Spring Jasmine Tea, Pearl Mint Tea and Star Anise & Pink Peppercorn, Ginger Heart, Force Noir, Kona Coffee, Sesame Nougat, Rose Caramel, Candied Orange Peel, Bergamot Tea and Piedmont Hazelnut.
 
Awards:

In 2005 Michael’s book Chocolate Obsession (Stewart, Tabori & Chang), co-authored with renowned pastry expert Fran Gage, was released to wide acclaim; the book was a finalist at the 2006 James Beard Awards and won high honors for photography and design at the 2006 International Association of Culinary Professionals annual conference.

Recchiuti creations have received praise from hundreds of upscale consumer publications, critics and the food and wine industry in general. Currently, new chocolates and confections are being developed with Michael finding new ways to make the chocolate consuming public happy and…obsessed.

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In 2003, Recchiuti Confections opened its first retail store in San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace; the renovated historic building has become a mecca for the artisan food community and a destination point for food lovers everywhere. Meanwhile, chocolate lovers across the U.S. are able to purchase online at www.recchiuti.com

Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics – Jer’s Handmade Chocolates

We featured Jer’s Handmade Chocolates in our Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics.

Jer's Handmade Chocolates
photo courtesy of Jer's Handmade Chocolate

About Jer’s Handmade Chocolates

Making peanut butter confections started as a hobby in college for Jerry Swain, and in 2001 he founded Jer’s Handmade Chocolates.

With unique, award winning flavor combinations, Jer’s uses all natural peanut butter and chocolate in combination with rice crisp, pretzel, toffee, or caramel. The award winning chocolate flavors now come in gourmet chocolate peanut butter bars and peanut butter brittles in decadent flavors. With more than 75% of all candy bars sold in the U.S. containing peanuts or peanut butter, Jer’s takes a classically loved combination of chocolate and peanut butter to a gourmet level.

Products and flavors:
Signature Collection:
• The Original Incrediball: Jer’s Original Crispy Peanut Butter Recipe, created in Milk, Dark, or White Chocolate
• Pretzo Change-O: Baked Pretzel Bits & Peanut Butter Center, offered in Milk, Dark or White Chocolate
• Toffee Break: Homemade savory toffee chips married with natural Peanut Butter in Milk, Dark or White Chocolate
• Cara Mella: Creamy Homemade Caramel & Peanut Butter center, double-enrobed in Milk or Dark Chocolate
Peanut Butter Bars:
• Original IncrediBar Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter
• Pretzo Change-o Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter
• Toffee Break Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
• Cara Mella Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Brittle Bites:
• Coco Nutty Dark
• Pretzo Change-o Milk
• Yippee Cayenne Milk
• Toffee Break Dark

Ingredients and Quality:
• Handmade – All Jer’s products are hand crafted, not machine processed.
• Certified OU-D Kosher
• Real Ingredients – No compromises. Everything from the sugar to the peanut butter is
real and of the highest quality.
• All-natural peanut butter (not homogenized). Jer’s uses the most premium Valencia peanuts and peanut butter and supports US Farmers by sourcing them domestically.
• No Trans Fat
• No Hydrogenated Oils

Jer's Handmade Chocolates
photo courtesy of Jer's Handmade Chocolates

Awards:
– Best First Time Piece, 2001, International Confectioner’s Conference
– Best New Piece, 2002, 2008, International Confectioner’s Conference
– Best of Show, 2002, 2003, 2008 International Confectioner’s Conference

Location
Jer’s products are available online at www.jers.com as well as several fine food stores such as Whole Foods, Henry’s, Bristol Farms, D’Agostinos, Fresh Market and more.  Also, make sure you check Jer’s Chocolates Facebook fan page.

Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics – Navitas Naturals

We featured Navitas Naturals in our Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics.

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photo courtesy of Navitas Naturals

About Navitas Naturals

Since 2003, Navitas Naturals’ mission has been to provide premium organic power foods that increase energy and enhance health.  Their products are of the highest quality, sourced directly from farmers, and are cultivated sustainably and in accordance with fair trade practices. “We look to the past for inspiration,” says Adelman.  “Our products come from the wisdom of ancient cultures and their traditional use of plants for both culinary and medicinal purposes.” The company also supplies power food products as ingredients to other food and beverage companies.

About the products:

Navitas Naturals is making it easy for people to bring home the art of chocolate making with their innovative new Organic Superfood Chocolate Kits.  Available in three delicious organic superfood varieties – Goji Berry, Cacao Nib and Goldenberry – each of the fun and unique Kits creates 12 organic chocolates.
 
Navitas Naturals Organic Superfood Chocolate Kits are packed with antioxidants, and these healthy treats can be prepared in just minutes.  In addition to the Kit ingredients, the only other items needed to complete the easy recipe are a knife, a small bowl, a large bowl and an ice cube tray.  Each Organic Superfood Chocolate Kit contains raw: organic cacao butter, organic cacao powder, organic mesquite, organic lucuma, organic maca and the specific organic superfood which is featured in the chewy center of the chocolates (Goji Berry, Cacao nib, or Goldenberry).  “Raw cacao from Peru, goji berries from China, and goldenberries from Columbia are some of the most popular superfood items in the marketplace right now,” says Zach Adelman, President and founder of Navitas Naturals.

Navitas Naturals
photo courtesy of Navitas Naturals

Each of the organic superfoods featured in the Organic Superfood Chocolate Kits have been revered for centuries by indigenous people for their culinary and traditional medicinal uses, and now modern science is demonstrating their nutritional value.  For example, raw cacao is one of the best sources of antioxidants, the richest food source of magnesium, and offers a vast array of essential minerals and nutrients.  Goji berries are one of the highest known sources of antioxidants and they contain 18 amino acids and all essential amino acids.  Mesquite is of great value to diabetics because it contains fructose which does not require insulin to digest and it is also a good source of lysine (an amino acid), calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc.

In addition to the new Organic Superfood Chocolate Kits, Navitas Naturals offers a wide variety of organic superfoods from around the world, including green stevia, raw cacao, mesquite, lucuma, acai, yacon, mulberries, maca, camu camu, goldenberries, pomegranate, chia, flax, goji berries, hemp, raw cashews, a greens blend, and a line of Trail Power snack mix blends and Twister Power superfoods blends. 

Location:

Navitas Naturals products are widely available at hundreds of stores throughout the U.S. and Canada including Whole Foods Markets, and on many websites including Amazon.com.  For more information, delicious recipes or to purchase, please visit navitasnaturals.com.

Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics – Original Beans

We featured Original Beans in our Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics.

About Original Beans:

Original Beans is a new and innovative chocolate company that blends production of premium chocolate with restoration of some of the world’s most ecologically threatened regions.

Original Beans Chocolate
photo courtesy of Original Beans

Original Beans is a company built on an ecologically rich foundation with deep roots tied into a commitment to eliminate waste, enhance eco-productivity, increase biodiversity, and engage all in the quest for the highest quality. Their mantra “The Planet: Replant It” is the core of their process. For each bar sold, Original Beans plants a tree in the chocolate’s forest of origin. Each bar contains a lot number, which designates the location of a new tree so that customers can track their contribution on the company’s website: www.originalbeans.com.

About the product:

Original Beans chocolate comes in three varieties:

Esmeraldas Milk with Fleur de Sel (49% cocoa, 50-hour conch)—Ecuador
This chocolate – the first long-conch Arriba Milk – pays homage to the Esmeraldas’ lush nexus of jungle, river and sea – a unique terroir.

Cru Virunga (70% cocoa, 20-hour conch)—D.R Congo
This is the first-ever single-source chocolate from the heart of Africa: the Congo. The beans are grown at the margins of dense, unexplored forests, home to gorillas, okapis and the original pygmy people.

Beni Wild Harvest (68% Cacao, 20 – 60-hour conch)—Bolivia
Wild-harvested, this chocolate is conched for 60 hours, which creates a slight acidity with a lingering finish, and expresses notes of honeyed black tea, slightly tannic with a lush prune finish.

Location:

The chocolate is available for purchase online at www.drexeliuschocolates.com and at select retailers in the United States and Europe. For more info, please visit their website at OriginalBeans.com.