California Chocolate: Sweet for Your Valentine, and the Economy

By Elizabeth Yang

201602-8aWishing you a happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and with this holiday usually comes the promise of chocolate.

Aside from the dessert’s delicious qualities, chocolate plays an important role in California. California accounts for around 20 percent of United States dairy production annually, making it one of the nation’s principal dairy producers since 1993. In any given year, the U.S. chocolate and confectionery industry consumes around $490 million of dairy alone. Needless to say, chocolate production and manufacturing have an invaluable place in the state’s economy.

The state is also home to a thriving chocolate manufacturing industry. It is the proud home to a few of North America’s only bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturers: Ghiradelli, Guittard, and TCHO chocolate. These Bay-Area-based companies own the entire chocolate-making process, ensuring quality in both their products and business practices.

Bean to Bar Chocolate in Orange County

For those in the district hoping to get a unique look at bean-to-bar the process, Orange County-based ChocXO (pronounced “choc-zoh”) is the answer.

During specialized chocolate-making tours, its Irvine factory location gives visitors a glimpse into the entire bean-to-bar process.

For those looking to simply savor in the final product, ChocXO’s Costa Mesa and Lake Forest café locations offer various drinks and desserts that utilize the company’s own in-house chocolate.

Consider your chocolate consumption to be a valuable contribution toward a truly sweet California business!

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