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By on September 3, 2016

_DSC5612A passion ten years in the making,

Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates in midtown Sacramento offers patrons a fine selection of artisanal couverture chocolate—crafted by the seasoned hands of master chocolatier Ginger Elizabeth Hahn.

By Kayla Webster

Hahn was formally trained as a chocolatier and pastry chef at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where she graduated top of her class with distinction. Her love affair with chocolate began at an early age, and led her on a journey from New York, to the Mayan jungles of Belize before opening her confectionary boutique.

I fell in love with chocolate when I was 19 because it was such a challenge and it still challenges me today, Hahn said. Chocolate inspires me because I feel like I could learn something new about it almost every day for the rest of my life and still have so much to discover.

As a true connoisseur of her craft, Hahn fosters a deep reverence and appreciation for her ingredients through her commitment to responsible farming and trade practices. In a trip to Belize, she participated in the farming of raw cacao—a plant cultivated for its seeds to create chocolate. It was this trip that inspired Hahn to utilize Fair Trade sources for her business.

It’s important because the farmers deserve to be treated fairly and paid appropriately for their work, Hahn said. Not all of the chocolate we use is certified Fair Trade, but we make sure that all of the companies we work with pay fair-trade or higher prices.

Her commitment to responsible business practices doesn’t end there; Hahn also supports Northern California farmers by using their locally sourced dairy products in her confections. And all of her packaging materials are made in the United States; the recyclable chocolate boxes are produced by a local business in Sacramento.

_DSC5541Of course, the true star of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates is produced in the kitchen. This chocolate boutique features carefully crafted individual chocolates, bars, and rich hot chocolate. They also offer a selection of delicate macaroons and artisanal ice cream, even combining the two into delectable ice cream sandwiches. However, these icy treats are only available seasonally; patrons have until mid-October to enjoy Ginger Elizabeth ice cream this year.

I love ice cream and Sacramento summers are perfect for it; I couldn’t resist adding it to the lineup, Hahn said.

Patrons of Ginger Elizabeth’s certainly won’t find ordinary chocolate creations. According to Hahn, the most popular chocolate in her store is the Palet d’Or chocolate bonbon—made with pure bittersweet chocolate from Venezuela, and topped with a flake of genuine gold. While this crowd pleaser may sound deceptively simple, Ginger Elizabeth is known for flavors that venture well off the beaten path. One such flavor is the Maya chile, inspired by Hahn’s trip to Central America.
It is infused with cinnamon, chile, vanilla bean, and ginger; which are all ingredients I saw growing alongside cacao at the Mayan farm I visited in Belize, Hahn said.

Chocolate aficionados looking to experience the handcrafted difference will not be disappointed with Ginger Elizabeth. This extraordinary chocolatier certainly merits a visit, but patrons can also order chocolate confections through their website when the weather permits.

Visit gingerelizabeth.com to view their menu and shipping policies. Ginger Elizabeth’s hours of operation are Tuesday – Thursday from 10 am – 9 pm, Friday – Saturday 10 am – 10 pm, and Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. The storefront is closed on Mondays. Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates 1801 L Street, Suite 60 Sacramento, CA 95811 (916) 706-1738gingerelizabeth.com Side Bar: 1. What’s your favorite Johnny Depp movie?Chocolat of course!2. Favorite place to visit?Anywhere in Hawaii with my family3.Coffee or tea?I avoid caffeine, but as a

_DSC5595Ginger Elizabeth’s hours of operation are: Tuesday – Thursday from 10 am – 9 pm, Friday – Saturday 10 am – 10 pm, and Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. The storefront is closed on Mondays. Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates 1801 L Street, Suite 60 Sacramento, CA 95811 (916) 706-1738gingerelizabeth.com Side Bar: 1. What’s your favorite Johnny Depp movie?Chocolat of course!2. Favorite place to visit?Anywhere in Hawaii with my family3.Coffee or tea?I avoid caffeine, but as a

Tuesday – Thursday from 10 am – 9 pm

Friday – Saturday 10 am – 10 pm

Sunday 11 am – 6 pm.

The storefront is closed on Mondays.
Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates 1801 L Street, Suite 60 Sacramento, CA 95811 (916) 706-1738

  1. What’s your favorite Johnny Depp movie?
    Chocolat of course!
  2. Favorite place to visit?
    Anywhere in Hawaii with my family
  3. Coffee or tea?
    I avoid caffeine, but as a flavor I like coffee.
  4. Favorite cocktail? (or alcoholic beverage)
    Elderflower Gimlet
  5. Favorite ’90s musician?
    Nirvana
  6. Who’s your celebrity crush?
    Jon Hamm
  7. Favorite season?
    Fall
  8. Which Sex and the City character would you be?
    Carrie
  9. What’s your Zodiac sign?
    Virgo
  10. Biggest pet peeve?
    Dirty kitchens
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