Mission Chocolate by Acelia Gallardo - Sao Paulo, Brazil

Acelia Gallardo is a truly international craft chocolate maker, but embraces the spirit of LOCAL Brazilian farm-to-bar chocolate production; Acelia makes her world-class chocolate bars almost exclusively with locally grown and processed ingredients; Brazilian-grown cacao beans and Brazilian-grown nuts and fruits. A Californian native with Brazilian roots, Acelia spent a good part of her professional culinary life in Berkley, California, where she was exposed to the "buy/cook/eat local" philosophy of Alice Waters, and "bean-to-bar" philosophy SharffenBerger Chocolates - back when SharffenBerger was the first bean-to-bar chocolate maker in the US. Now, she dedicates her time to her passion: making award-winning bean-to-bar chocolate bars and confections crafted in her small chocolate factory located in Sao Paulo, Brazil.