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Bean-to-Bar Chocolatier Offers New Valentine’s Day Treat

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(LA Trend) — This Valentine’s Day, why choose between chocolates and roses? Thanks to the confectionery masters at Twenty-Four Blackbirds Chocolates, you don’t have to.

Pick up something special for your sweetheart this weekend and indulge in chocolates you can feel good about. Twenty-Four Blackbirds sources its cocoa beans from reputable farmers who use sustainable farming practices, pay workers a fair wage, and do not use child or slave labor.  Unbeknownst to many, these practices are common on larger cocoa farms that supply companies like Hershey and Nestle.

“I would say a lot of people don’t know the difference between the supermarket chocolate and what we call craft chocolate,” said Mike Orlando, the founder of Twenty-Four Blackbirds. “The real difference is the quality of ingredients and the quality of life for our producers.”

Orlando explained that the inspiration for the chocolate roses came from a desire to offer something sweet during these unprecedented times. Each chocolate rose is hand-painted and chocolatiers can only make eight roses at a time. These limited-edition confections are only available for pick-up in store.

After COVID-19 hit in March, Orlando says more than half of online sales have been gift purchases. The most popular items have been the 12-piece truffle flight which includes flavors like Espresso made with Santa Barbara’s Low Pigeon’s Dark Stuff espresso blend, Fresh Spearmint made from Farmer’s Market spearmint leaves, Lavender Blossom, and Vanilla Salted Caramel, all wrapped in a 100% unsweetened Dominican chocolate shell and painted with colorful decorations.

Even if you’re not within driving distance of Santa Barbara, that doesn’t mean you or your loved ones have to miss out on chocolates. Orlando says the Twenty-Four Blackbirds team will even include your gift message as a hand-written note. Be sure to order by February 10th so your Valentine arrives in time for the holiday.

Stay tuned for Twenty-Four Blackbirds’ upcoming patio renovations and a new line of house-made ice cream that’s in the works.

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