From The Sonoma Index-Tribune
Anne McKibben is moving her Cocoa Planet chocolate factory to Arizona. McKibben’s husband, Jeff, is a tech executive in Phoenix, and has been commuting weekly to the Copper State for 10 years, she says.
“We love it here in Sonoma and hate to leave,” said McKibben. “But we need to have the family together in one state.” Cocoa Planet will remain open at its Sonoma location through Saturday, March 17… full article
Due to the continuing fires and poor air quality throughout the Sonoma Valley, the CocoaPlanet Tasting Room is closed.
While the CocoaPlanet staff and facilities have been spared so far, our hearts go out to our friends and neighbors who have experienced so many tragic losses.
If you would like to support our community, we recommend the Sonoma County Resilience Fund
We plan to reopen on Friday, October 20.
Just in time for Father’s Day, the CocoaPlanet Tasting Room is introducing Beer and Chocolate Pairings! Come toast Dad with a range of craft beers featuring our neighbors at Carneros Brewing Company. The beers are selected specifically to pair with each flavor of CocoaPlanet chocolate. (Or if Dad prefers wine, we have beautiful wine and chocolate pairings too!)
$10 for 3 pairings of beer and chocolate. Offered from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, Sunday June 18. Limited seating is available – please call to reserve (707) 343-7453.
From The Press Democrat
CocoaPlanet, a chocolate company founded four years ago by CEO Anne McKibben, has opened the CocoaPlanet Factory and Tasting Room at 921 Broadway, a few blocks south of the Sonoma Plaza.
The tasting room includes a modern, French cafe featuring savory starters and plates, soups and salads, along with desserts that highlight or complement the CocoaPlanet chocolates … full article
From Sonoma Magazine
At the CocoaPlanet Chocolate Factory in the town of Sonoma no one will bat an eye if you order dessert first. Or if you order three desserts first. This is a confectionary, after all, and handmade chocolate is their trade, so eat all you want … full article
From Sonoma Index-Tribune
With lots of additions to its modern French gluten-free menu, CocoaPlanet just started serving French aperitifs and carefully selected local wines. They also offer wine and chocolate pairings with flights of each.
Additions include porcini mushroom soup with leeks, Yukon Gold potatoes and celery served with cheese gougères, chicken Caesar salad, and an authentic French Dip sandwich using Black Angus prime rib on a gluten-free baguette served with French potato salad, a cup of classic au jus for dipping and a small dish of horseradish. Now you can order the grilled cheese sandwich with sharp cheddar or French Gruyère cheese with tomato on request, served with green salad, and the Croque Monsieur with Parisian ham, gruyere cheese or add a poached egg for a Croque Madame, also served with green salad … full article
CocoaPlanet's innovative "Pearls of Flavor" have received patent protection in the United States. On May 17, the U.S. Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) issued Patent #9,339,048 to CocoaPlanet, Inc. The patent protects the method of manufacture used to distribute tiny drops of filling – or "Pearls of Flavor" – throughout our chocolate discs.
Why does this matter? Pearls of Flavor let you taste our exquisitely flavored fillings throughout your palate, complementing but not dominating our premium dark chocolate. The fillings make up only 15% of each delicious chocolate, far less than the 50-80% of conventional filled chocolate confections. So Pearls of Flavor give you More Taste, Less Sugar™!
In awarding this patent, the USPTO recognizes that Pearls of Flavor are created in a unique and innovative manner. CocoaPlanet patents are also pending in several other countries around the world.
Kathy Gori's post "Down and Dirty and Gluten Free...Edible Dirt" shares her amazing recipe for a chocolatey dessert featuring CocoaPlanet.