There's a certain chocolate factory in Fremont (we won't name names, but it rhymes with "brio") that gets all the press—it wholly deserves it, but

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Best Lesser-Known Eco-Conscious Chocolatier

Fiori Chocolates

There's a certain chocolate factory in Fremont (we won't name names, but it rhymes with "brio") that gets all the press—it wholly deserves it, but that doesn't mean smaller-scale chocolatiers like Lee Johnson at Fiori Chocolates shouldn't get their moment in the sun. Johnson spent time in Italy studying with master truffle-makers, and came back with a head full of Italian philosophy and techniques. Like the country's food, Italian truffles focus on a few key flavors in perfect balance, like the surprising balsamico e fragolo, made with organic strawberries marinated in balsamic vinegar that's been aged to sweetness, or the basilico, which infuses a dark ganache with fresh organic basil, apricot, and lime. Yum. Johnson sources his chocolate from small, enviro-friendly cacao plantations in Ecuador, Java, and Venezuela, and strives to use organic fruits, herbs, and spices whenever possible. He mostly sells wholesale; you can purchase his truffles online or view a list of places around town that sell them.—Anna Roth

 
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