When Indiana chocolatier, Brent Davis, went looking for a new venture prior to launching Davis Chocolate, he was inspired in equal parts by tales of serendipitous invention, internet how-to videos, his own mechanical know-how, his determination to manufacture in the United States, and his childhood memories of riding around downtown Mishawaka, Indiana, on his bike with the first chocolate bar he bought for himself — only to find it tragically melted when he unwrapped it. As Indiana's only bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturer, Davis has traveled around the world to many chocolate farms—including Ecuador, Hawaii, and the Dominican Republic—in search of the best beans. He favors the superb flavor of the Ecuadorian beans, which are organic, fair trade, and rainforest alliance certified. He appreciates the fact that his purchase from Ecuador means more money goes toward the hard-working farmers than in other countries. Davis exerts an unusual degree of control over his product. After the beans are harvested, fermented and dried in their country of origin, they are shipped to Davis' soy free facility where they are sorted, cleaned, roasted, winnowed, crushed, pressed, conched, tempered, mixed with other ingredients, molded, wrapped, and packaged. By employing state-of-the-art equipment enabling careful temperature control at every stage of the process, Davis achieves better consistency from batch to batch without unwanted additives. Most Davis chocolates have just 3 ingredients—cacao, sugar, and cocoa butter—so you know exactly what you are putting in your body. The result is a chocolate that is winning raves across the country. Davis Chocolate produces dark, milk and white chocolate bars; chocolate bars with inclusions such as almond, peanut butter, and cranberries; raw and powdered cocoa nibs and chocolate and peanut butter chips for baking; wine sticks for wine and chocolate pairing; wave sticks for yogurt, ice cream, cakes, and just plain eating; liquid chocolate; truffles; and chocolate products packaged for others, creating custom orders ranging from as little as 20 pounds to hundreds of times that amount. Davis has exhibited at shows in Florida, New York, and Chicago. Most Davis chocolates are purchased online through Amazon or the Davis Chocolate website, though it is also popular in its home region. A project that began as a part time experiment has become much more: a vibrant, expanding business, a delicious addition to the Michiana food scene, and a local engine for ethical commerce and consumption. Now that’s sweet!