Our Chocolate Philosophy
If you've never tried our chocolate, this will give you some idea about what guides us.
You can also just trust one of these actual customers:
"My husband and I are obsessed with Benchic Chocolates. They are yummy and healthy. I don't feel so guilty eating so much chocolate...We love them!" - Amanda Anka
"I was truly amazing at the intensity and quality of the chocolate, the truffle-like texture, the soft sweetness of the honey, and the instant, but not short lived, sense of well being I experienced." - Vicky Betancourt
Use the best ingredients
We constantly seek to find the best quality (and best-tasting) ingredients possible. It's a mix of amazing ingredients from far away places (like Peru) mixed with local ingredients from the place we call home, California.
Leave them as natural as possible
Whenever possible, we leave the ingredients in the most natural state possible. Much of the chocolate made with honey is done using dried honey. We add in liquid honey directly into our chocolate. The cocoa we use is very minimally processed, leaving flavor and health benefits often lost in other chocolates.
All the ingredients we use are on the label. None are difficult to pronounce (at least in that chemical soundings way, it might take some practice to pronounce lucuma). There are no added fillers, or anything but what's written on the box.
Make it taste incredible
We believe the better quality and more natural the ingredients, the better the chocolate should taste. We look for the best ingredients possible and taste everything until we feel the taste has been perfected. Often it comes down to what we include (and don't) that makes it taste great. Sometimes simple, powerful flavors combined with care produce unbelievable results.
Our Life Philosophy
“When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and you're life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That's a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again.” -Steve Jobs
Most things in our world around us were created by people we'll never meet. We can't create most of those things on our own.
When we go into a grocery store and buy a chocolate bar, a lot of us have no idea how it was made.
That can lead to a life where one believes the best achievement possible is to earn enough money to consume and buy more things.
We feel removed from the process of creation in our lives.
In a small way, our chocolate makin' kit and chocolate making events seek to change that.
We're taking something, often viewed as mysterious, and showing you that you too can create it in your own kitchen (and it'll taste better than most of what's out there).
Our hope is that learning to make chocolate might be a small step to taking a more creative path in your life. By creating something as fun and seemingly difficult to make as chocolate, you can be inspired to change the course of your life to being a consumer and creator.
By doing so, you'll become more conscious of the process by which things are made. When you've made wine it becomes more difficult to buy the cheap stuff. When you know how to re-build a car you can recognize good craftsmanship. When you know how to make chocolate, you can discern the good from the bad.
And hopefully your creative steak will only grow. Some day you might find something you're so passionate about creating that you try to share it with others. Maybe it'll start with your friends and family and grow into something much greater.