CocoaPlanet is a Sonoma based brand, cafe, and tasting room- but not for wine, for chocolate! Founder Anne McKibben was born in Paris to a French mother and an American father, and this instilled in her a love of food, wine, and of course fine sweets. Her taste for European style and quality chocolate was not satiated in American candy, so Anne invented her own. CocoaPlanet chocolates are discs of premium dark chocolate, containing patented "pearls of flavor" so as not to overwhelm the eater with sugar content or overpowering flavor from the fillings. The chocolate discs come in five flavors: salted caramel, deep dark truffle, vanilla espresso, mandarin orange, and Cocoamint. All of CocoaPlanet's chocolates are all natural, fair trade certified, non-gmo, and gluten free. They're all also under 100 calories with only 7 or 8 grams of sugar per disc!
In the tasting experience, each flavor is paired with a local wine, including Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, and Port Style wines from wineries like Meadowcroft, Valley of the Moon, and Trentadue. You are also able to schedule private tours for groups under 8 people to learn about the chocolate making process! The cafe is designed with glass walls surrounding the chocolate machines, enabling visitors to peek in on production even if you don't schedule a tour.
In addition to the chocolate tasting experience available at CocoaPlanet, they run a French-style cafe. Offerings include charcuterie & cheese plates, duck breast salad, French dip, croque monsieur, and much more! Some menu items are seasonal and CocoaPlanet's goal is to use ans many local, fresh ingredients as possible. The entire facility (chocolate production and cafe included) are gluten-free and peanut-free so that everyone is able to enjoy their French-style cuisine. They offer wine and beer by the glass. On a sunny day, you can sit outside on their garden patio to enjoy your meal. It is strikingly quiet despite being on the main road downtown, and is the perfect place to escape for lunch.
If you are looking for a modern, conveniently located venue for a corporate party, private dinner, or wedding welcome party, CocoaPlanet also books private events! The outdoor patio space is perfect for a cocktail reception style party or small intimate dinner.
CocoaPlanet is open to the public for tastings and cafe service every Friday and Saturday from 12:30-5:00.