Mike Dunn rescued this 8-foot vintage Lehmann chocolate melangeur from the Venezuelan jungle.
It was transported via 3 different ships across the Atlantic, then, on it's last leg of the journey to the USA, it was caught in Hurricane Irma. Many months later, the once-regal machine landed at the factory, where Mike began restoring it.
This picture is of Mike turning the very first batch of roasted cacao nibs (cacao beans without their shells) into chocolate in the handsomely restored 1901 Lehmann melangeur!
"We've been privileged to serve our chocolate and confections to Grammy Award-winning artists, US Presidents, Royalty and so many people doing good things for our world and communities. We are blessed to participate in our clients' life celebrations. Our creative medium happens to be making the best craft chocolate and exceptional confections we can make - but our purpose, really, has always been to elevate the human spirit." - Mike and Rachel Dunn
In 1984 we started our home-based chocolate business with a cottage industry license.
With our 2 year-old baby girl riding in the backpack, Rachel would pick wild blackberries and turn them into fresh chocolates and truffles. Each Monday, we'd load up the car with truffles and baby, and would deliver orders to local businesses. Within 2 years the delivery area spanned a 300 mile radius.
In 1987, with a platter of fresh blackberry cordials and truffles, Rachel went to Saks 5th Avenue flagship store in San Francisco. Three weeks later, her chocolates were being sold in the San Francisco and New York City Saks stores!
Since then, our chocolates have been provided internationally to luxury boutiques, elite clients, airlines, national businesses and local businesses just getting started. Our signature product The Giant Caramel Apple made it's debut at Nordstrom Walnut Creek in 1989 and has become an annual holiday tradition for folks nationwide.
In 2016, we began making artisanal bean to bar chocolate. This involved not only locating and restoring vintage machinery, but also locating and buying very special cacao beans directly from the farmers, and cooperatively with other artisanal makers.
Meeting the farmers, sourcing sustainably grown cacao beans and paying fair prices for them continues to elevate the lives of everyone involved in the Dunn Family Chocolates family, through great chocolate!
One of our favorite recipe twists on a classic French Confection:
Green Apple Pie and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Pâtes de Fruits!
Made with fresh green apples and Madagascar vanilla beans, each bite is loaded with flavor and last about 2 weeks.
Our Pâtes de Fruits are highly prized for their burst of flavor from tropical fruits including Mango, Lilikoi (Passion Fruit), Lychee and Pineapple, to in-season California Blenheim Apricots, Oranges, Meyer Lemons, Raspberries and Wild Plums.
Inspiration for new flavors comes from the
truly remarkable bounty of fruits grown right here and afar. Check in with us throughout the season to see what new flavors pique your interest!
When Winter has just about finished it's course and we've all had enough of the cold days ... it's time to start making Chocolate Tulips!
What a joyful way to welcome in Spring and all that is new!
Tall and bright, each tulip is uniquely hand made in our best White, Milk and Dark Craft Chocolate and are as pretty as they are fun to eat.
Available for your Mother's Day table or hostess gifting,
place an order by the half dozen for Curbside Pickup beginning May 2nd, 2022.