In true Willy Wonka fashion, Burlingame, California-based Guittard Chocolate Company served up “Liquid Chocolate Bars” to patrons of the 2013 Outside Lands festival. By melting their gourmet chocolate bars in industrial fountains, they were able to capture cups of the warm chocolate —imagine shots of chocolate— and sell them at the festival’s forested “Choco Lands” dessert area. Festival-goers could choose between dark or milk chocolate and had the option to mix in toppings like cacao nibs, almonds, and the like. Each “bar” came with a small flat spoon to scoop up all the delicious melted goodness. Naturally I gave it a try (milk chocolate with toffee bits) and felt it was just the right kind of treat for strolling around outside on a cool foggy summer night in San Francisco. I have to say though, I’m hoping some soft pretzel or churro vendor will get wise and park next to them at future events.
photos by Rusty Blazenhoff