We had the best time at the launch of our latest Reserve chocolate with the XO Insiders a couple of weeks ago. Here are some highlights:
special guest: Dan Pearson
We kicked off the night with Dan Pearson. (If you have ever enjoyed the Fortunato No.4 bar, this is the guy you want to thank!). He graciously spent his Friday night driving up to Orange County to share his story with us. We learned about how he stumbled into the chocolate industry, almost literally, and what is happening with Maranon chocolate today. After the talk, Dan stuck around to mingle and eat chocolate with the rest of us.
behind the scenes factory tour
Brett & Mitch took groups inside the factory and showed them what they're working on. They were doing maintenance on the conche along with working on a new batch of Camino Verde.
chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!
And, of course, the chocolate itself. Each box included (1) 80% Ucayali River Cacao Bar, (1) 80% Ucayali River Cacao Bar with puffed quinoa and sour cherries, (2) 80% Fortunato Bars, (1) 6-piece box of limited edition truffle flavors, and (1) 100% Ucayali square.