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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CACAO AND COCOA?
CAN I PICK UP MY SANTA BARBARA CHOCOLATE ORDER?
HOW WE SHIP CHOCOLATE TO WARM CLIMATES?
We securely pack your chocolate products using a combination of insulation materials and ice packs when we deem it necessary during hot weather as a free service to you, regardless of the shipping method you choose. We recommend you opt for the most expeditious shipping method available when ordering online to minimize any chance of melting chocolate during transit. Due to the perishable nature of our products, we CANNOT offer refunds nor can we accept returns.
Does Santa Barbara Chocolate Test for Heavy MetalsYes and we strive to be one of the lowest in heavy metals chocolates available through careful selection of extra fine quality cacao. In fact, we are one of the only chocolate companies that tests each Lot of couverture chocolate production. Please see more at this link: Chocolate concerns regarding heavy metals
What is Criollo chocolate and what is the difference between bittersweet and plain chocolate? Why is there a price difference between santa Barbara Chocolate and the grocery store brands?
Thank you for reaching out with your questions about our couverture chocolate at Santa Barbara Chocolate. I'm delighted to assist you!
Firstly, "Criollo" chocolate refers to one of the rarest and most sought-after types of cacao beans in the world. Known for its complex flavor profile and lower bitterness, Criollo chocolates are often considered a premium choice among chocolate connoisseurs. They provide a unique taste experience that is quite distinct from common varieties.
Regarding the difference between bittersweet and plain chocolate, it primarily lies in the cocoa content and sugar levels. Bittersweet chocolate typically has a higher cocoa content (around 70% or more) and less sugar, offering a rich, deep chocolate flavor with just a hint of sweetness. Plain chocolate, which is often referred to as milk chocolate, has a lower cocoa content and more sugar, resulting in a sweeter, creamier taste and texture.
As for the pricing of our chocolates, it reflects the high-quality ingredients and careful craftsmanship that go into each product. We believe in providing an exceptional chocolate experience, which often involves using premium cacao beans and adhering to high standards in production. While our chocolates might be a bit more expensive than others, we're confident that the quality and flavor are worth it.
If you're considering trying our chocolate for home use, we suggest starting with the 6 lb quantity to experience the difference for yourself. We're committed to ensuring that our customers love our products, and we're here to answer any further questions you might have.