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The Evolution of Kiva Chocolate

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Kiva Confections was launched in 2010, when California’s legal cannabis industry was still in its infancy. Founders Scott Palmer and Kristi Knoblich Palmer are a young couple who realized that most edibles at the time were clumsily packaged, inconsistent in potency and lacked in flavor. They visited a local chocolatier and a lightbulb went off- chocolate and cannabis made the perfect match! Soon they were making the first Kiva Bars in their San Leandro home kitchen. The bars quickly became in high demand across the Bay Area… paving the way for a full portfolio of leading confections available across the state.

From the beginning, Kiva’s high standards led us to choose thea artisan-crafted process of cold water hash in our THC-rich Kiva Bars and Terra Bites. This hand crafted technique is the most traditional extraction process around- providing clean, pure and chemical-free cannabis concentrates. This process not only boasts a superior taste, it delivers a richer and fuller cannabis experience capturing the essence of the whole plant. Hash is truly the secret sauce that makes Kiva’s chocolate a cut above its competitors- but it’s not the only differentiator. 

Kiva combines cold water hash with sustainably-sourced, premium cacao in all of our chocolates. We work with a cacao supplier that is over 100 years old and known for their commitment to responsible, sustainable sourcing throughout their supply chain, as well as their uncompromising standards. Founding members of such trade organizations as the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), which supports foundations like the African Cocoa Initiative, Cocoa Livelihoods Program, work closely with governments to advance better agriculture practices, policy, cocoa breeding, and labor conditions in cacao-producing countries.

Since 2010, Kiva's mission has been to change how the world views and uses cannabis. We do this by combining the best ingredients with certified production methods, efficacy testing and innovation. By marrying art and science, Kiva not only ensures a delicious, consistent experience every time, we continue to provide the most precise, discreet, and delicious cannabis-infused edibles on the market to our community.