He had studied chocolate-making since age 10, and had always wanted to try to make Guittard milk chocolate taste more like European brands he loved. Things changed in , when John Scharffenberger co-founded Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker in Berkeley and introduced intense dark chocolates to the domestic market.
Native to the Americas, chocolate was transplanted to places like Java and the Ivory Coast after becoming popular in Europe, and each type developed its own characteristics. But around the same time that Guittard began making chocolates that celebrated those unique flavors, heirloom cocoa plants were beginning to disappear, partly due to deforestation and disease. In addition, big buyers were pressuring growers to plant cocoa varieties that produced high yields to maintain dime-store prices for their candy bars.
In , the company helped found the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund, a nonprofit group of industry members that identifies older cocoa varieties around the world and funds projects to save them. Guittard has also set up labs in Ghana and Java where farmers can test beans for quality and taste the final product. In May, the company opened a new factory on property in Fairfield that Gary had bought 20 years ago, predicting land prices would get too expensive when they were ready to expand.
Chocolate making will eventually happen there, too, when the family will be called upon to transport that year-old taste memory to yet a new location.
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Etienne Guittard arrives in San Francisco, realizes selling supplies is a better bet than looking for gold and returns to France to get chocolate-making equipment. The original factory is destroyed in the earthquake and fire.
Guittard, the company moves briefly to Commercial Street, then to Main Street; its main focus is now chocolate. The factory is forced out of the waterfront through eminent domain to make way for the Embarcadero Freeway.
Now under Horace A. Horace A. Thanks and good luck! Your email address will not be published. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. Anita Chu, also known as pastrygirl, is a baker, writer, and photographer with a passion for pastry.
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Melt over medium heat, swirling occasionally, until it starts to turn brown and smells nutty. Do not let the butter get too dark or it will burn. Strain butter into a clean bowl.
Place remaining 4 oz butter, sugar, and brown sugar in bowl of stand mixer. Beat with paddle attachment until light colored and fluffy.
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