New Colorado Chocolate Gift Box

We're excited to announce our newest Colorado Chocolate Box, featuring three of the very best, award-winning, Colorado-made chocolates.

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Limited Edition Valentine's Day Chocolate Box

Introducing our newest limited edition collection for Valentine's Day!

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Robin Chocolates Named One of Top Chocolatiers in North America

Congrats to one of our artisans, Robin Chocolates of Longmont, CO, for being named one of the Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America! You can read the full announcement here.

Robin Chocolates, award winning chocolate truffles


Some great quotes from the article:

"Our passion is making bold, beautiful and delicious chocolates and pastries, and it is enormously satisfying to be recognized for our work," she says.

"what sets Robin Chocolates apart from the competition is the quality of the chocolate they use, and the care and pride that go into her ingredients. All chocolates and confections are made by hand, using traditional, time-honored artisanal techniques. Autorino works with suppliers in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Venezuela that produce GMO-free cocoa powders and additive-free fruit purees and nut butters. Her suppliers also work directly with growers and cocoa plantation owners to ensure her ingredients are produced in a fair trade manner. Robin Chocolates' creations are all-natural and use growth hormone-free dairy products and organic ingredients whenever possible."

"One rule I learned in the military is that precision counts. If it doesn't look perfect and taste great, I won't sell it," she says.

And we'll add that in addition to all this, each chocolate is an individual work of art.  Painted with a swirl of luminous color or topped with a delicate gold flakes, every single truffle Robin makes is as gorgeous as it is delicious.

Interested in trying Robin Chocolates?

They're available in these Colorado Crafted boxes.

Congrats Robin & team!

 

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Artisan Spotlight: Anna and Robbie of Ritual Chocolate

One of the first Colorado-made artisanal products we picked up when we started Colorado Crafted was Ritual Chocolate. Oh man, we love their stuff. Tasting these single origin chocolate bars is a lot like tasting wine - the cacao beans from different terriors create very different tasting notes. The Madagascar bar is light and citrusy, the Costa Rica has tasting notes of walnut and blackberry, and the list goes on.  Ritual makes 5 different single origin craft chocolate bars at current count!

We were so excited to have the chance to visit their production facilities in Denver recently, check out all their crazy cool chocolate making machinery, and get to know the Ritual chocolate duo.

Ritual Chocolate Factory Tour

We asked them a few questions so you could get to know them a bit and learn more about the amazing things they're doing.

Artisan Spotlight: Ritual Chocolate

What part of this do you love most, and what’s your favorite thing you’ve created?
I think we love all our bars equally. They were each a journey for us, finding a farm to work with and then refining the process to bring out the flavors of those cacao beans. Each chocolate tells a story of the farm and origin through the flavor profile.
Tell us a little bit about what makes your products unique and interesting.
We are trying to source the best cacao in the world and use traditional, European methods that bringing out the flavor of the cacao. We are really trying to put flavor first for every step of the chocolate making process. This is actually a rare thing in today's market. Most chocolate today is over processed using poor quality cacao beans which results in chocolate with flat flavor. With our single origin line, we are really trying to show the range and uniqueness of flavors you can get from quality cacao beans.
What have been some of the biggest surprises or challenges you’ve encountered during your time as an artisan?
I think when we first started making chocolate, we thought as long as we have an outstanding product it will sell off the shelves. However, we are essentially trying to undo 50+ years of chocolate being treated and priced as candy. We have to really get out there and educate people on what the process is, why our chocolate costs more, and why it should be treated as a fine food. It's a challenge, but our favorite part of what we do, is talking about and sharing our chocolate with people.
How long have you lived in Colorado, and what do you love most about it?
We have both lived here for about 10 years. The Colorado mountains are what we love most. Getting out and biking, hiking, run, skiing and enjoying nature in anyway we can!
Are there any other Colorado artisans that you’re into right now?
How long have you got? The list goes on. There are so many people in a mile radius of our factory that are doing fantastic things. 

 

From the left: A conveyor belt on an antique piece of European machinery separates the cacao beans from their shells, a chocolate disc, and stacks upon stacks of golden wrapped chocolate bars. 

Ritual Chocolate - Balao Single Origin

 You can find Ritual Chocolate boxes in these curated gift boxes

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Chocolate Gift Boxes - they're back!

Fall is here and the weather has cooled, which means we're able to welcome chocolates back into our gift boxes! Colorado's artisan chocolate scene is thriving, and we're excited to shine a light on the very best of what's being made here today.

One of our most popular boxes, the Blanca Peak Box, was the first chocolate box we brought back.  But there's more!

The Maroon Bells box features four artistically rendered truffles, dark single origin chocolate, chocolate covered caramels. 

The Mt Evans box is a large and luxurious box that contains a few different chocolates alongside a delightful selection of savory treats. 

Colorado Chocolate Gift Box {Blanca Peak}

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Fall Chocolate Coming Soon

We're excited about our latest selection of hand-made truffles for this fall! How beautiful are these?
They're made by Robin Chocolate, based in Longmont, Colorado. 

Colorado Artisanal Chocolates

View our current selection of Chocolate Gift Boxes here!

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