Exceptional Chocolates in Berkeley

Bright, bold, and beautiful chocolates from Chocolatier Blue.

Artisan chocolatier Christopher Blue has elevated the art of chocolate making to a whole new level at Chocolatier Blue in central Berkeley, which opened earlier this summer. 

Blue, who has worked with the likes of Chef Charlie Trotter of Chicago, is the only chocolatier in the United States to use Amedei chocolate from Tuscany that’s made from 100 percent Venezuelan sun-dried cacao beans. He also uses Five Star organic butter, which has the highest fat content of any butter in the world. 

His chocolates are organic. What’s more, the fillings are made using such techniques as grilling, roasting, and sous vide. The packaging is all biodegradable, and much of it made from recyclable materials.

Christopher Blue (Photo courtesy of Jessica Steeve)

I’ll use my patented scale of 1 to 10 lip-smackers, with 1 being the “Bleh, save your money” far end of the spectrum; 5 being the “I’m not sure I’d buy it, but if it was just there, I might nibble some” middle-of-the-road response; and 10 being the “My gawd, I could die now and never be happier, because this is the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth” supreme ranking.

Chocolatier Blue: These are beautifully molded chocolates with Modern Art-like colors. On first bite, you notice that the chocolate shell is quite thin, so that it shatters and melts instantly in your mouth to give way immediately to the intensely flavored fillings.

The selection changes seasonally. The “macadamia” was not the expected half or whole nuts enrobed in ganache. Instead, the nuts were roasted, pulverized, and blended in to create a thick filling, rich with tropical nuttiness. The “apricot” tasted of glorious summer fruit. And the “espresso” was strong and punchy just as it should be. A box of 24 pieces is $42; a box of 52 is $80. Rating: 9 lip-smackers.

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  • He makes some beautiful truffles.

    This post is timely, as we just went to the Scharffen Berger factory in Berkeley the other day. I’ve got chocolate on the brain 😉

  • I think we all have chocolate on the brain at this time of year. ‘Tis the season for all things chocolate. MMMMM!

  • Hi Carolyn,

    It’s not very common to find organic chocolates in all the process and such a perfect ingredients!
    This guy is a master, just right for the holidays season are coming… insanely excellent 🙂

    Gera .:. sweetsfoods

  • wow those are some good prices. i would expect more like $2 or $3 a piece for those goodies. good find!! great review!

    and once you’re in berkeley, you can make a hop, skip, and a jump over to Emeryville for Charles Chocolates.

  • omgod – that’s beautiful!

  • Yay – I love learning about new chocolatiers, especially when they’re working with top-notch organic ingredients.

    I agree – prices are great, and chocolate is on the brain. I actually have a bar of Amedei in my desk drawer right now.

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