Welcome to Friday’s Featured Artisan! Each week, we focus on one of the many talented individuals and companies whose perfect products are proudly featured in GiftTree gifts. It may be a master chocolatier, a gourmet cheesemonger or a talented artist – GiftTree is here to connect their meaningful stories to the discovery of your next great gifting moment.
Craft chocolatiers Adam Dick and Dustin Taylor got their start as a carpenters working together in Eureka, California. It was there that their mutual love of chocolate was discovered, and their bean-to-bar small batch chocolate company, Dick Taylor was born. Using these fine cacao beans and a modern take on traditional European chocolate-making techniques, Dick Taylor uses an careful, intricate bean-roasting and chocolate-making process. Directly sourcing 100% of their their cacao beans, Dick Taylor’s collection of single-origin dark chocolate tablets originate from around the globe – from Guatemala to Madagascar, Belize to Vietnam.
“How did we go from building furniture and wood boats to making chocolate? For as long as we can remember, we have been making things by hand. The time and care required for fitting a mortice or shaping a plank is not unlike the process of hand-crafting chocolate from the bean…. The most hands-on approach we could take was to start with the raw cacao. We are able to source the finest fairly-traded cacao and perform all the steps in-house to turn the raw ingredients into delicious chocolate…. This entire process takes approximately three weeks to complete but allows us to make some of the finest chocolate possible. We use organic cacao and organic cane sugar in our chocolate. By not cutting corners or taking shortcuts in our process, we are able to leave out vanilla, additional cocoa butter or other emulsifiers, in hopes of capturing and highlighting the subtle flavor nuances in the cacao we source from around the world. We hope you will get as much enjoyment eating our chocolate as we do making it.” – Adam Dick & Dustin Taylor, Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate
GiftTree is delighted to carry Dick Taylor craft chocolate tablets in a number of our gourmet baskets and gifts! Rich, dark and decadent, the tasting notes of these single-origin tablets range from aromas of berries, spice cake and flowers to flavors of espresso, honey and apricot. The flavor profiles of these tablets are outstanding, especially when paired with a glass of velvety red wine. If there’s a dark chocolate lover in your life, they’ll be delighted that you introduced them to Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate.