Scharffen Berger Chocolate is a line of chocolate produced by Artisan Confections Company, a subsidiary of The Hershey Company. Acquired by Hershey in 2005, it was formerly Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, an independent Berkeley, California-based chocolate maker, founded in 1996 by sparkling wine maker John Scharffenberger and physician Robert Steinberg.
The company was a manufacturer of chocolate – as opposed to the far more common chocolatiers, who make their products using chocolate acquired from wholesalers and manufacturers – the first American company founded in the past 50 years to make chocolate “from bean to bar”. Scharffen Berger primarily produced chocolate bars, using small-batch processing and focusing on dark chocolate varieties with high cocoa solid content.
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