Nicole Trutanich of Bar Au Chocolat started roasting cacao in her kitchen in Manhattan Beach, CA five years ago. Her approach to roasting cacao is careful and she is constantly looking for ways to highlight the intricacies of the single origin beans that she sources. The goal with this ice cream was to carefully nod to Southern Cali’s “Date Shakes” while using this flavor as a way to echo the complex dried fruit and vividly rich chocolate flavors. We chose to make an ice cream using Dayri Dates from Indio; while super sweet and fruity, this variety of dates almost already feel like chocolate. They are silky smooth, melt in your mouth, and pair seamlessly with Nicole’s freshly roasted chocolate.