April 5, 2013

First Time - Fresco Direct Factory Chocolate Available!

Fresco Papua New Guinea 220 "fresh" batch is available for direct factory purchase to our Facebook friends!

Here are the details:
- The batch finished processing Thursday evening and are being boxed today
- Bars are $7 each plus shipping (small flat rate USPS box). Orders of up to 6 bars are OK
- We accept Visa, MC, AX or PayPal
- To order, email us at or call us at 360-739-2510

Happy Chocolate Friday!

February 20, 2013

Fresco now at Standard Cocoa, New York, NY

We're pleased to add Standard Cocoa in New York, NY, to the list of exceptional locations carrying Fresco Chocolate. Standard Cocoa provides craft chocolate subscriptions, delivering chocolate to your home each month; what a fun and innova...tive concept! Fresco is the featured chocolate maker for February! Please check them out and read the interview with Fresco's principle chocolate maker Rob Anderson.!featured/c1qjq

October 24, 2012

Blogging Less Than Optimal

We've been slow in keeping this Fresco Blog up to date!  With Facebook and now Twitter (of questionable value) and half a dozen other potential social networking sites it seems there's not enough time to post everything everywhere.  We tend to keep Facebook the most current so if you're looking for the latest Fresco-isms try

Otherwise, we still respond to email and phone calls :)

Also, check out our updated Fresco Awards on our news page website at

Happy Chocolate Day to You

Rob Anderson
Chocolate Maker

September 26, 2012

Silver Metal: International Chocolate Awards

THIS JUST IN!  Fresco has received a Silver Medal in the International Chocolate Awards 2012 semi-finals for our Dominican Republic, 72% dark chocolate bar - recipe 212.  This qualifies us for the World Finals in London this October to be judged along with the best chocolate from Europe and around the world. 

September 9, 2012

Fresco is a Finalist in Martha Stewart American Made Awards

September 4, 2012

A Papua New Guinea Day

Today we roasted a batch of cocoa, winnowed a different batch, molded a 3rd batch and wrapped a 4th batch - all Papua New Guinea with different roast levels!  Too fun!

August 1, 2012

Chocolate Tasting Event in Seattle

Saturday's Chocolate Tasting Event at Chocolopolis was great!  Thanks everyone who stopped by and gave us feedback on our Papua New Guinea recipes. You've helped us fine tune our production recipes.

July 25, 2012

Chocolate Tasting Saturday at Chocolopolis in Seattle

If you are in the area this Saturday stop by Chocolopolis from 1-3 pm.  I'll be on-site sampling our newest Papua New Guinea single plantation recipes.  The first 10 people who mention they read about this event on the Fresco blog get a complimentary Fresco bar!

June 20, 2012

Can you help Fresco Chocolate...

Can you help us qualify for a $250,000 small business grant. Phase one - get at least 250 votes to have our application considered by the awarding committee. If you like Fresco PLEASE HELP! VOTE AND SPREAD THE WORD! After logging in to the site in the link below look up Fresco Chocolate in Washington State and vote! Thank you everyone!

June 15, 2012

Social Networks

How much is too much??? 

We keep asking ourselves that question.  We've jumped on the Twitter band waggon.  You can follow us at @FrescoChocolat if you're into the twitter scene.  We're also on Facebook at and of course our website is and email is  You're reading this post on our blog so you already know about this.

Only time will tell which of these social networks will add value to the reader and help our businss grow.  For now, we'll keep up with the various media the best we can.  If you have a question and don't see the answer posted somewhere send us an email or give us a call, we want to answer any chocolate questions you have.

Thanks an happy tastings!

Rob Anderson
Fresco Chocolate

May 28, 2012

Chocolate Tasting at Cacao, Portland

We had a great time and met some new friends Friday at Cacao.  Thanks to everyone who came out!  I'm not sure how many folks stopped by, I stopped counting after 100.

May 24, 2012

Fresco in Portland, OR

Are you in the Portland area? Come say hello to Rob and Amy from Fresco Chocolate: Thursday 3-5pm at The Meadow and Friday 5-7pm at Cacao. We're sampling a a brand new Papua New Guinea chocolate. Check out our Facebook Events page for details.!/ChocolateFresco/events

May 11, 2012

We Have A Winner!!!


Your last comment:
"You probably meant Portland, Maine, in which case, any of the eastern Canada province capitals would meet the criteria (Fredericton, Charlottetown, Halifax, St. Johns)."  You figured out the big clue - that we meant Portland, Maine and not Portland, Oregon.  Tricky weren't we?  Email us at with your info and we'll get your chocolate out to you.
And now to introduce you to the newest store to carry Fresco Chocolate is:

Alexis Templeton Studio
75 Quidi Vidi Road
St. John's, Newfoundland

And from the feedback from the open house Alexis held last weekend, the city of St. John's welcomed us with open arms.  Thank you St. John's, Newfoundland and Alexis Templeton Studio for carrying Fresco Chocolate in your studio.

May 8, 2012

New Store Additonal HINT!!

Okay, keep in mind the last hint we gave you and add this hint.  This store is EAST of the Mississippi River.

Enter your guesses in the comment section.  If you select your "identity" as anonymous, leave your name within the comment section.  Place do not post your guesses on our Facebook link.  It's against Facebook rules and we wouldn't want them to shut down our page over there for running a contest ontheir site.  Thanks!!

Can't wait to give away some chocolate!

May 7, 2012

Where's the Newest Store - HINT!

There have been some great guesses but no one has hit the mark yet.  We really want to send someone a box of chocolate bars so here's another hint:

This North American capital city is northeast of Portland.

May 2, 2012

Where is the Newest Store?

Let's have your guesses!  In our comment section let us know what city you think our newest store is located.  The only hint?  Just think out of the box and unusal locations worldwide.

What is your prize?  A 4-bar package of Fresco Chocolate!
Let the contest commence! 

April 28, 2012

Fresco now in North Carolina

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Fresco Chocolate in Asheville, North Carolina. French Broad Chocolates is the newest store where you can purchase our bars. Stop in and say "HI" to Dan and Jael Rattigan and enjoy their fabulous store.

More info at:

April 1, 2012

email is back online

If you emailed Fresco last week and didn't get a reply please resend your message.  It may have been lost during the down time.

March 26, 2012

Fresco web and email temporarily down

Fresco is in the process of changing Internet service providers. Our website and email is currently down. We'll post a message here when it's back up. If you need to contact us immediately send a private Facebook message - Thanks.

February 23, 2012

Fresco Chocolate Available in upstate New York

We're happy to announce that the Cocoa Bean Shoppe is now offering Fresco Chocolate! If you're in the area, stop in and say hello to Nadia and check out the best chocolate shop in upstate New York!

February 1, 2012

Fresco Now Available in Pacific Grove, CA

We're pleased to let you know that Fresco Chocolate is now available at Happy Girl Kitchen in Forest Grove, CA.  Checkout there website at

January 18, 2012

Fresco Chocolate National Awards!

Fresco Chocolate was honored last weeked in San Francisco by the Good Food Awards:

Our Madagascar 74% light roast bar, recipe 214, recieved a WINNER award

Our Madagascar 214 bar also recieved the GOLD SEAL award for quality, sustainable ingredients

Our Venezeulan CHUAO 70% Dark Roast bar, recipe 217, was a FINALIST among over 50 entrants

January 10, 2012

Fresco in San Francisco

Fresco will be exhibiting our award winning Madagascar 214 chocolate at the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace on Saturday, Jan 14, from 10 am - 2 pm.  We wll also be attendign the Good Food Awards Ceremony and Reception Friday, Jan 13.  Hope to meet up with some of you.


Fresco, 214 Madagascar 74% cocoa - FINALIST
Fresco 217 Venezuela CHUAO 70% cocoa - FINALIST

January 4, 2012

Chocolate for an Eagle Scout

I'm a volunteer leader for our local Boy Scout troop. The scouts in our troop know that when they earn the Eagle Scout award they also get a 10 pound chocolate bar. This one is 70% dark chocolate from Venezuelan Cocoa.

I have one chocolate mold that will make a bar this size. It doesn't get used very often but when it does the results are impressive.

Congratulations! A lot of hard work and dedication goes into earning the Eagle Scout rank. Mom and Dad play a big part in this accomplishment so good thing there is enough to share.

December 15, 2011

Ghana is back!

Many people have asked for more of our 74% Ghana 211 bar so we're making a fresh batch. This Ghana cocoa is organic and fair trade. I roasted the cocoa tonight and had forgotten how really good these roasted nibs are! Finished chocolate should be ready next week.

November 26, 2011

Cocoa Nib Brittle - Sound Interesting?

We're trying an experiment: Cocoa-Nib Brittle! This is similar to a buttery peanut brittle made with cocoa nibs instead of peanuts. We made our first small today with our confectionery friends at the C-Shop. This first batch will be available to some of our retail partners to see how it goes. If the response is favorable we'll ramp up more production.

November 21, 2011

Fresco Named Finalist in National Best Chocolate Awards

We're honored to be numbered among some of the best chocolate in the world!  Fresco's Madagascar 214 and Venezuelan Chuao 217 were both selected as finalists.  Check out this link for the 

 Good Food Award Press Release

November 3, 2011

Fresco Chocolate Now in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

We're pleased to welcome the Calgary Coppeneur store to the Fresco family.  If your in the area stop by and say hello to Bruce.

October 6, 2011

Bob Ridgley from Binary Recording Studios specializes in documentaries. He's creating a new piece on chocolate making that we're excited to be part of. More info at

September 3, 2011

Fresco Now Available in Vancouver, British Columbia

We're happy to have XOXOLAT (pronounced sho-sho-la) in Vancouver, British Columbia, now carrying Fresco. Stop in and say hello to Hodie if you're in Vancouver.

August 20, 2011

Thank you AAA Via Magazine for the Fresco mention as one of the West's Best Chocolates

Check it out for yourself!  

NOTE:  If you are not from the Pacific Northwest the web page may ask for your zip code.  Use a Seattle or Portland zip code if you have trouble accessing the article (e.g., 97201).

August 13, 2011

Fresco Chocolate Available Now at Sugar Sugar in Minneapolis

We're excited to have Joni carrying our single origin recipe bars.  If you're in the area atop in and say hi.  

Check them out at:

Or on Facebook at:

August 1, 2011

To Blog or Not to Blog....

Hello Fresco Chocolate Friends:

With the growing popularity of Facebook over the past few years fewer business are using a blog as their primary social media vehicle. We're asking for you input. If you prefer to see Fresco Chocolate updates through this blog please post a comment to that effect. If you prefer Facebook or some other media we would also like to hear from you. Please post any comments by August 14, 2011. We will use your feedback (or lack thereof) at that time to help decide if our Blog stays or goes.

Many Thanks,

Rob Anderson
Fresco Chocolate

July 25, 2011

Chocolopolis: Bar of the Week: Fresco's 213

Select this post's title text to link directly to the Chocolopolis Blog

Stop by Chocolopolis this Saturday from 3-5 PM to meet Rob from Fresco Chocolate and to sample our latest Madagascar and Chuao dark chocolate recipes. Hope to see you there!

May 19, 2011

Fresco on Facebook

Fresco Chocolate now in Palo Alto, California

Look for Fresco Chocolate at:

The Chocolate Garage
654 Gilman St. Suite G
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 796-5287

Call or email Sunita to schedule a chocolate tasting appointment or event. Also, look for the Chocolate Garage table at the Palo Alto Farmers Market each Saturday morning.

April 25, 2011

Chuao Cocoa has Arrived!

Our shipment of Chuao cocoa from Venezuela has arrived! 

Chuao cocoa is considered one of the finest in the world. At last count, less then a dozen chocolate makers worldwide currently offer single origin Chauo chocolate. We're excited to join this elite group and hope to be considered among the best. 

We will let everyone know when our first batch is ready.

April 16, 2011

Fun in Seattle

We had a great visit with family while enjoying the incredible drinking chocolate at Chocolopolis in the Queen Anne district of Seattle.   Of course it helps that Fresco Chocolate is on the shelf.

March 30, 2011

Chocolate Fest: A Walk-Around Tasting - 92nd Street Y - New York, NY

The Manhattan Chocolate Society is featuring Fresco Chocolate at the 92Y Chocolate Fest Tasting. If you're in the New York City Area on April 3rd, stop in and sample our Madagascar single origin chocolate recipe 214. Check out the event page at:

March 20, 2011

Fresco Chocolate Now in Washington, DC

Fresco Chocolate is now available in Washington DC.  Biagio Fine Chocolates has one of the best selections of premium chocolates on the east coast.  If you're in the area, stop in and talk chocolate with Susan, Sandy, Marisol, Alex or Biagio. 

Check our "Where to Buy Chocolate" website link for details.

February 28, 2011

Fresco Chocolate now in San Francisco

If you're in the Bay Area stop by and say hello to Jack at Chocolate Covered and ask about his American bean-to-bar selection; including guess who...

Chocolate Covered
4069 24th St. San Francisco, CA, 94114
(415) 641-8123

Jack has a huge selection of great chocolate!

February 13, 2011

NW Farms & Food is featuring chocolate in this month's edition including an article about guess who...

Here's the link to our NW Farms & Food article

February 10, 2011

Fresco Chocolate Now in Salt Lake City

We're now available at Tony Caputo's in Salt Lake City.  Check Caputo's web site for directions and hours.

We're in the middle rack, 3rd shelf from the top.