A festive drink mash-up: nib cider

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Dandelion Chocolate is revered for all aspects of their chocolate making, from sourcing to selling. But how often do you find the perfect mash-up of the best wintertime drinks in one? This warm chocolate nib cider is sure to warm up the chilly evenings that lie ahead (unless, of course, you live in L.A.).

The team at Dandelion recently published Making Chocolate: From Bean to Bar to S’More, outlining their extensive process, beginning in the jungles of South America and ending with sumptuous candy bars and treats being sold nationwide.

This week, CEO Todd Masonis and head chocolate “sourcerer” Greg D’Alesandre joined Evan to talk about their approach to creating the first-ever complete guide to making chocolate from scratch. Their ethics, techniques, and recipes lend themselves to enthusiasts, professionals, and readers. Though not all have the ability to source their own beans, the book shares the science of choosing beans in bulk and how to trace their origins.

So, acquire some nibs and play around with this festive drink recipe this holiday season.