The Peter Brydon Story
me and my friends went to the candy store I was the only one that
would buy a delicious candy called a “Chunky.” It’s
funny, but I should have known then that I would end up owning
my own chocolate business some day. After a 28 year career as
a pressman in the printing industry, my weekly trips to the Berkeley
Farmer’s Market led to my entrance into the chocolate business.
It was my discovery
of the Smit Ranch dried cherries (see Barlovento
Story) led to 4 years of experimenting in my kitchen. The
experimenting didn’t end with the dried cherries, soon enough
I was searching for recipes for gnash, marshmallows, cookie treats
and many more.
As I got more serous,
my quest for knowledge led me to take an online chocolate course
thru Ecolechocolate.com. By this time, being totally hooked on
making chocolate, I followed up the online course with a week
international study at Cocoa West Chocolatier on Bowen Island,
British Columbia, Canada.
After a great week in Vancouver,
I was ready to start a chocolate business of my own. A lay off
at my printing job provided my with the final nudge to create
Barlovento Chocolates, the rest of the history is waiting to be