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The transition from pastry chef to chocolatier is not a unique one, except when an entire culinary career has been based on dairy free, gluten free and strictly kosher sweets. Such has been the journey for Rachelle Dalva Ferneau, a California native and self-taught pastry chef and chocolatier, and it continues to be an exciting adventure.

Beginning in 2007 with the founding of her boutique bakery, Eden Cake, Rachelle has been indulging restaurants, caterers, political agencies, embassies and a multitude of private and business clients with her unsurpassed handcrafted desserts and sweet treats. Dear Coco Chocolate was created from and is the perfect integration of Rachelle's obsession with chocolate as well as her lifelong passions for global cuisines and travel. With Dear Coco Chocolate, Rachelle has maintained her unwavering commitment to handcrafted gourmet creations, made fresh and in small batches with the finest all natural ingredients to be enjoyed by those on restricted diets and not. Creative use of natural, vegan ingredients has become second nature to Rachelle, and her passion for creating compelling, complex and innovative chocolates has resulted in numerous accolades, including 11 Top Chocolate Bar Awards by the International Chocolate Salon in 2014.

“For me, chocolate is the most challenging and rewarding medium in pastry. It offers endless learning and creative opportunities and is absolutely my true passion."


All Dear Coco Chocolates are handcrafted from premium Belgian dark chocolate, exotic salts, fine herbs, teas, coffees, fruits, flowers, roasted nuts and seeds, and spices from around the world, with no corn syrup, trans fats, preservatives or food colors. We use chocolates of 60% to 65% cacao, which is the range of intensity that balances the global flavors beautifully and without bitterness. Each luscious chocolate is meant to evoke the spirit and flavor of the locale which inspired it, as well as take you on a delightful sensory journey of your own.

Over the years Dear Coco Chocolate has expanded its product line from the original 38 flavors of Truffles and has added nine varieties of Toffee Chocolate Bars, Artisan Chocolate Tiles, Hot Chocolate Spoons with more creative chocolates in the works. While the quality of Dear Coco's ingredients elevates its chocolates to gourmet status, the creative flavor combinations and attention to detail are what set these confections apart. Rachelle creates innovative and evocative flavors, such as Puebla Hot Chocolate, English Toffee and Modena Balsamic truffles, sweet curry (Madras) and baklava (Istanbul) flavored Toffee Chocolate Bars, and the Salts of the Earth Artisan Chocolate Tiles Collection.


Dear Coco has developed a passionate and loyal following with chocolates available at selected specialty retailers from coast to coast. Experience the difference that premium ingredients, expertise, creativity and meticulous, loving care can make. Travel the world with Dear Coco and be transported by chocolate.

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