From: San Francisco, CA
Specialty: Single-origin chocolate
Why we love it: While many nouveau artisans can be annoyingly twee about their hand-crafted image, Tcho has been slick and unmistakably modern from day one. Born out of the Silicon Valley tech culture, the company isn’t focused on returning to the chocolate traditions of the past, but rather finding new ways to explore the joys of cocoa. The product itself is top-notch—it’s used by many of the country’s top pastry chefs—but it’s the packaging and experience that really makes Tcho standout. Rather than emphasizing insidery buzzwords like “70% cocoa” or "single-origin," the color-coded Tcho system breaks down the flavor profiles of all its chocolates, from “nutty” to “floral” to “citrus.” The result is a chocolate sampler box updated for Gen-Y—it's user-friendly and educational without sacrificing taste.