Fera’wyn’s Artisan Chocolates was founded by the husband and wife team of David and Joana Whittingham in late 2012. Their love for one another and shared love of chocolate helped them launch their dream business centered around their mutual passion to create quality truffles and confections.
The truffles feature local produce and dairy whenever possible which they blend beautifully with imported chocolate. Their flavors often reflect what is regionally available at farmer’s markets – such as the Raspberry-Lime Chambord and the medal-winning Limoncello. David, originally from Australia, came to the US after meeting Joana while playing an online video game. He moved across the continents to be more than just gaming friends. They laugh to think that they met when Joana was having problems “cooking” in the game they played together and David rescued her. The game is how the name, Fera’wyn’s, came about as well. A bard character Joana played was named Fera’wyn. With this character she brought happiness and joy to those she met, and it just seemed to be a natural choice for their newest adventure – to keep bringing happiness to the real world in the form of the finely crafted chocolates.
David, a graduate of Ecole Chocolate, and Joana, a self-taught artisan work together to create truffles that are both beautiful and flavorful. Together they enjoyed completing additional training from industry professionals in Las Vegas, Santa Cruz, and the CIA – Greystone. Fera’wyn’s continues to win awards for their chocolates at the Taste TV salons in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Monterey. Three years running, they have received the highest award of six stars (Master Chocolatiers) from Taste TV based in San Francisco. They also enjoy success at many other venues throughout the US including Texas, Oregon, Colorado, and Washington.
David and Joana enjoy giving back to their community as much as they can – and support great foundations such as Whiskers, Tails, and Ferals out of Napa, The Foster Kids in Napa, and Home First which sponsors the “Rivers of Chocolate” in Saratoga to fight homelessness. The logo on their business card reads “Forget love, I’d rather fall in chocolate” – luckily, for Joana and David they didn’t have to choose.
“Recieved the truffles as a gift. So unique and delicious. Key lime was one of my favorites with the dark salty caramel a close second.”
“Best Chocolate in area! And they make some nice confectionary, too. Gluten free options as well.”
“The desserts are absolutely amazing!! Highly recommend coming here. The only thing they’re missing are churros to be dipped in that amazing chocolate :)”