Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory Tour

Ummm, Chocolate! Everybody likes chocolate and Berkeley, California is world famous for their dark chocolate at the Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory. I had the privilege of meeting Brad Kintzer, a Product Development Specialist, when he gave a presentation on chocolate to the students at the CIA recently. So, we made a day trip to visit my former Wal-Mart intern friend Ashley down in Martinez and strolled over to try some chocolate.

The company gives free factory tours which include tastings. Here our tour guide gives us the history of the company, the facts about chocolate, and does it all with a smile. But who wouldn't! She gets to work around chocolate all day. By the way, where is all this chocolate?

Ummm, there it is! Scharffen Berger is world famous for their dark chocolate, but they actually make some of the best semi-sweet and milk chocolate I have ever tasted. The company only sources their cocoa beans from premium farmers around the world and prides themselves on their quality over their quantity.

And it definitely comes through in the flavor of the chocolate!

The cue-tip people were out in full view. Its been a while since I have been in a hair net and in a factory instead of in a kitchen wearing a troupe. Kind of makes me miss my food science days. Soon we will merge these two worlds together!

1 comment:

Brad Cheatham said...

Nice hair net bro... get used to it! You will wear one everyday once you become a Product Developer.

I look forward to seeing what will adorn the Walnofer's table for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Here in England, Mom, Dad, and I are going to try to make due with the limited supply of "Thanksgivingish" food items. Should be intresting...

Happy Thanksgiving!!!