We are chocolate artisans who have learned the art and science of turning a humble heap of cacao beans into luscious chocolate confections.
Ricardo Trillos, Chocolate maker and Chocolatier, has traveled continuously throughout the years to learn how to make chocolate from scratch and how to turn this delicious cocoa liquor into the most finest chocolate confections.
“Cao”, as Ricardo is also known, decided to change his life career as accountant and turned this love for chocolate into a business establishing Cao Chocolates in 2009, to offer a wide variety of options to our customers, including Miami Bean-to-bar chocolate bars made using cacao beans sourced from small farmers around the world, and chocolate truffles and bonbons using 100% fine Venezuelan cacao, and other origins with premium quality ingredients, and fine liquors.
In 2012 we opened our first retail/factory location in Pinecrest, FL. Since then, Cao Chocolates has become a place-to-go to get fresh and unique chocolates confections with a friendly atmosphere and outstanding customer service.
During this sweet journey, Cao Chocolates have received several recognitions, including “Diamond of the rough” and “Rising Star Award” from the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. Also, have been featured in different media channels as NBC, WSVN, Miami New Times, Telemundo, Miami local magazines and more. In 2015, AP Agency used Cao Chocolates image for St. Valentine's Day coverage around the world.
In 2013, Cao Chocolates was featured as the only Florida business to be part of the American Express Shop Small campaign, and since then we became Neighborhood Champion for American Express Small Business Saturday Campaign of 2013, 2014 & 2015. We can proudly say that we are changing Miami’s mindset about growing and supporting local businesses focusing on explaining the importance of shopping local.
In February 10th, 2017 Ricardo Trillos was invited by Food Network to participate as a contestant at Guy's Groceries Games "Chocolate games" episode. He used his experience to cook savory dishes using chocolate as main ingredient. An unique experience sharing knowledge with other chefs that won't be the last one.
But the journey continues because it is only the beginning and we are committed to keep learning, experimenting with beans of new origins, creating new recipes, and making Miami proud as we represent our city in different festivals and conventions nationwide. But most important, we will continue to teaching our customers about the importance of enjoying a real chocolate. Let’s enjoy this sweet journey together!
Our Cao Chocolates Atelier is located at 9800 SW 77th Ave, Miami, FL 33156