About John Scharffenberger

John Scharffenberger

John Scharffenberger and Robert Steinberg are the founders of Scharffen Berger Chocolates. Scharffenberger was an accomplished winemaker and Steinberg was a doctor before the two friends decided to delve into the world of chocolate in 1996. They sold the company to Hershey’s in 2005. Scharffenberger and Steinberg are the authors of The Essence of Chocolate. @scharffenberger

Almond roca in a green bowl, broken layers of chocolate, caramel, and sliced almonds, on striped fabric

Almond Roca

Studded with almonds and coated in silky chocolate, this roca—essentially toffee—is utterly impossible to resist. Give it as a holiday gift.