Kitchen: 638 2nd St., Oakland
UPDATE March 2021: This business has closed.
Barlovento Chocolates, founded in 2008 by Peter Brydon, a chocolatier who has been a mentor to a lot of other local chocolatiers. They make truffles, caramels, bars, barks, toffee, hot chocolate mix, molded chocolates, and other confections from Venezuelan cacao harvested in a sub-region called Barlovento.
Barlovento’s kitchen is open weekday afternoons for sales. You can find their bars in some shops around the area. Check their website for more information.
For a truly hot truffle, get the Mayan Hot Chocolate. (It’s the one wrapped in gold in the photo.)