Brad and the Marich Chocolate Factory
By RICHARD VIGNOLA
On our way home through California this spring, we visited some of our long-time growers and also made contact with some new suppliers. One of the newbies (to us at least) is Marich Confectionery, a candy-maker and chocolate panner based in Hollister, a truly glorious part of California in San Benito County.
Company president Brad van Dam and his brother Troy carry on the candy-making tradition started by their Dutch father, the late Marinus van Dam, who brought his expertise from the old country to the US more than fifty years ago. Like their father, Brad and Troy worked their way through every aspect of the business that they manage today. Marich continues to experiment with new products and are passionate about sourcing top-quality ingredients, many certified organic, to create their delicious candies and chocolate confections.
With Brad as tour guide we had a really fun, educational experience at Marich – what can beat embracing a huge cauldron of warm chocolate? Sue almost had to be restrained from immersing one or more body parts into the creamy mass! We will be listing some of Marich’s great products with this fall’s line-up. Look for organic chocolate-coated espresso beans, gourmet chocolate nut mix and organic dark chocolate raisins on the September wholesale price list.
A big “thank you” to Brad for his warm – and sweet! – welcome to us and for taking time to show us around Marich Confectionery’s wonderful plant.
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