SCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolate Maker was founded with one simple goal: to create the richest, most flavorful chocolate by sourcing the best cacao in the world and using artisan chocolate-making methods. We are the first ‘bean-to-bar' chocolate manufacturer established in the United States in the past 50 years, and our attention to detail at every step of the process – working with farmers and selecting fine beans to blend, roast and refine – sets us apart from other producers to bring you America's Finest Dark Chocolate.
Founded in 1997 by Robert Steinberg and John Scharffenberger, SCHARFFEN BERGER began in Robert's kitchen with a few simple kitchen appliances and nearly 30 varieties of cacao. The two tested multiple combinations before perfecting a unique blend that highlighted the true flavor of cacao instead of masking it with sugar and other flavors. It was well-received by Bay Area foodies but it took a series of further experiments before the company could consistently make wonderful chocolate. The first official batch of SCHARFFEN BERGER chocolate was made in their South San Francisco factory using vintage European equipment.
To this day, our artisan chocolate making process has been preserved. Our chocolate makers travel the world in search of the best cacao beans. Through carefully selecting and blending beans from a range of countries in the cacao belt, the specific flavors of each origin combine to create chocolate with balance and pleasing complexity. The result is a depth of flavor that celebrates the fine quality of the original cacao in every batch we produce, bringing you the finest tasting chocolate in America.
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