Bean-to-Bar French Broad Chocolate opens at Ponce City Market
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French wide chocolateAsheville, North Carolina’s artisan bean-to-bar chocolate business is now open on the first floor of Ponce town market Central Food Hall, the recently announced Old Fourth Ward development.
French Broad Chocolate was founded in 2006 by Jael Skeffington and Dan Rattigan, according to a press release. The couple drove a vegetable-oil school bus to the cocoa-rich tropics of Costa Rica where they opened a cafe and dessert shop. They spent two years there visiting cocoa farms and learning about Theobroma cacao, the plant from which chocolate is made, before moving to Asheville to fully focus on their passion for chocolate. They got their start as a farmer’s market stand, building relationships with local farmers and vendors before opening their first retail store, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, in the heart of downtown Asheville in 2008.
“As a Certified B Company, Co-Founder Jael believes in using business as a force for good,” the statement said. Continuing their mission to “carefully source every ingredient as an artisan dessert and chocolate company,” Jael and Dan evolved to make their own artisan chocolate from direct sourced cocoa beginning in 2010. In 2012, they opened their first chocolate shop in Asheville. After outgrowing their original location, they built a new experiential chocolate factory along the French Broad River in 2018, where customers can take tours and learn more about cocoa, its origin relationships and the process. chocolate manufacturing.
French Broad Chocolate fan favorites include candies in Asheville flavors like salted honey caramel, fresh raspberry and lavender and honey, and chocolate bars in flavors like sea salt, milk of brown butter and chai masala, plus a full collection of single-origin dark chocolate. Chocolates.
“Opening at Ponce City Market has been a dream of ours for many years,” Jael said in the statement. “This is an important milestone and we are thrilled to be part of Atlanta’s amazing food community.”
The space includes a retail alcove where customers can purchase gift boxes of edible art wrapped in French Broad’s signature blue and brown packaging. Additionally, the shop serves items like salted caramel brownies with cocoa nibs from their baked goods program and sipping chocolate.