Kevbot Chocolate is bringing Appalachian influence to the chocolate making industry.
HIDDEN IN THE HILLS OF ALDERSON IS KEVBOT CHOCOLATE, a small-batch craft chocolate business that has been churning out sweet treats through ethical means since 2020—although owner Kevin Johnson’s love for the treat has been around since he was little.
Johnson spent several years living in the “cradle of cacao” in Central America. Though he didn’t work with it then, he was curious about the product and saw the impact the cacao industry had on the area. Now, he ethically sources his cacao beans through Uncommon Cacao, a wholesaler in the transparent trade network.
Kevbot specializes in 2-ounce squares of deliciously decadent dark chocolate. Inspired by what’s in season, Johnson works to create the best pairings of flavors. He carefully matches the add-ins with the notes of the cacao bean, a process that lends itself well to variety. Alongside his staple original, mint, and dark milk chocolates, you can find flavors like the new hazelnut bar as well as mango. “I want to keep chocolate fun and accessible, not a luxury product,” he says. And fun it is.