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Oakland chocolate brand promises quality, wellbeing

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It’s hard to imagine that many chocolatiers start off by confessing, “I actually never really liked chocolate.” Brian Wallace, the founder of new Oakland-based Endorfin Chocolat, hastens to add, however, that it’s because, growing up, he basically had sugar and milk with chocolate flavoring, “not real chocolate.”

That difference — between “chocolate” and chocolate — is the energy that drives Wallace’s sustainably sourced, herb-infused creations. From Ghirardelli to Scharffen Berger, the Bay Area has long led the way in the craft of chocolate. As we learn more and more about how our food choices affect not only our bodies but the world we live in, confectionary innovators like Wallace are offering sophisticated chocolates that strive to combine flavor, quality, and ethics.

Wallace is also an ethnobotanist, and his study of the human uses of naturally occurring plants led him back to chocolate, despite his youthful aversion. A cottage industry of passionate advocates for the healthful qualities of chocolate has sprung up in the East Bay. These alternative, small-scale chocolatiers — including the Oakland Chocolate Company and Coracao Confections — are revising our understanding of chocolate. We may know by now that dark chocolate is a superfood that’s good for our hearts and our blood pressure. But does that mean we have to skip the Nutella and chew on unsweetened raw chocolate? … Continue reading »

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