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Meet Camille and Daniel McKenna of Mission Heights Chocolates in Mission Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Camille and Daniel McKenna.

Camille and Daniel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Dan went to the Culinary Academy in San Francisco. He was a pastry chef at the Ritz Carlton and worked with the top Chefs across the country until he found himself back in San Diego. I went to art school at Alfred University where I focused on glass blowing.

I was working at a local shop in Old Town during the time I met Dan. Through our 14 years together we have found that we shared a love for creating and we found that Couverture chocolates were a perfect fit. We decided to open a boutique factory here in San Diego.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Our system took time to build and recipes fine-tuned, so as the orders came in quickly we worked long hours into the night to fill them. All of our Chocolates are hand dipped and making larger batches would impact the quality. We refused to do this and that is a struggle we don’t mind having.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Our chocolates are all certified fair trade and each piece is made by hand and topped with our own sea salt harvested offshore in San Diego. Learn more about that at www.pacificasalt.com. We also have developed a bean to bar single origin chocolate from Trinidad and Tobago, that has a flavor profile like no chocolate you have ever tasted before. -Dan

I’m extremely proud of starting from an idea and never compromising the quality of what we had in mind. It is also what I believe sets us apart. You can find our Chocolates at Pacific Provisions in the Liberty Station Public Market, Torrey Gardens Cafe in Sorrento Valley and Allen’s Flowers of San Diego. -Camille

What were you like growing up?
Dan was always described to me as a happy-go-lucky little boy. I was a very busy kid that constantly was needed to be working on something.
-Camille

Camille has always been an artist at heart and her passion for chocolate was the perfect segue from her glass arts as the similarities between the two are amazingly similar. -Dan

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.missionheightschocolates.com
  • Phone: 619-829-7876
  • Email: camille@pacificasalt.com
  • Instagram: @missionheightschocolates
  • Facebook: @missionheightschocolates

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1 Comment

  1. Diana Owen

    February 3, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Do you have a store where we can purchase?

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