What I really love in the afternoon when I need a pick-me-up, or in the evening when I crave something sweet, is a delicious piece of dark chocolate. I love the richness with a touch of sweetness, matched by bitterness. On a visit to Sonoma recently, I was introduced to VOLO Chocolate and fell in love. Volo Chocolate is one of the best chocolates I have ever had and I brought a few bars home with me. And this week, VOLO Chocolate from Healdsburg is the Please The Palate pick of the week.
VOLO Chocolate is owned by chefs Susan and Jeff Mall. Susan and Jeff owned popular Healdsburg restaurant ZIN which they sold in 2014. They moved to Mexico where they were working as Executive Chefs at a small beach resort at the Southern tip of Baja California. It was in Mexico where they fell in love with Mexican chocolate. Jeff wondered, “how hard is it to make chocolate?” and they began experimenting. As they learned, they created their own chocolate recipe with a Mexican influence.