OAKLAND, Calif. — Founded in 2010, OCHO Candy, a fun, organic alternative to traditional chocolate bars, has announced that its two most popular flavors have hit the Walgreens candy aisle. Snack-size pouches of individually wrapped OCHO Coconut Mini bars and OCHO Peanut Butter Mini bars (SRP $3.99/3.5 oz.) are now available at more than 7,000 Walgreens stores coast to coast.
“As a Bay Area-based company, we take pride in making hand-crafted, high-quality organic candy bars. We couldn’t be more thrilled to share what we feel are the best bars on the market with Walgreens shoppers across the nation,” said CEO Scott Kucirek. “Our state-of-the-art production facility—the only one of its kind in the world—allows us to scale quickly to meet the demand of a large retail partner such as Walgreens, and still maintain the unmatched artisan quality of our product.”
Unlike conventional candy bars, which are typically enrobed, OCHO uses custom-designed candy molds to create chocolate shells that are filled with freshly made centers. Because the company tempers its high-quality organic chocolate, every bar has a beautiful sheen and a distinctive snap. Fillings are made in-house with simple, expertly sourced ingredients that are chosen for their quality and unique flavor profiles. Wrapped in bright, colorful packaging, OCHO Candy bars and minis are as appealing on the outside as they are on the inside.
The OCHO Candy portfolio contains eight candy bar flavors in pouches and single-serve bars including OCHO PB&J, OCHO Coconut, OCHO Peanut Butter, OCHO Dark Peanut Butter, OCHO Caramel, OCHO Caramel & Peanut, OCHO Dark Caramel and OCHO Peppermint, as well as seasonal flavors and shapes.
OCHO candy products are also available at food retailers nationwide, and online at www.ochocandy.com. A subscription service is also available on the company’s website.
About OCHO Candy
OCHO Candy was founded in 2010 by natural food expert Denis Ring, the mastermind behind Whole Foods’ 365 Everyday and Safeway’s O Organics. He saw a missed opportunity to create a fun organic chocolate bar, so he started to experiment with his own chocolate bar creations. Ring wanted honest feedback, so he brought his early samples to his friend, fellow dad, and entrepreneur Scott Kucirek, the co-founder of zipRealty, Inc. Kucirek became a believer after just one bite. Ring invited Kucirek to join him in building a truly innovative organic candy company: OCHO Candy.
Today, every OCHO Candy bar and mini is manufactured at the company’s 25,000-square-foot West Oakland factory, which is home to a unique combination of high-tech equipment that does everything from melting and tempering the chocolate, to filling and packaging the bars. The fillings are all made from scratch and by hand. All OCHO products are certified organic, non-GMO and gluten free. The OCHO Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar and OCHO Coconut Bar are certified vegan. For more information, visit www.ochocandy.com or join the OCHO Candy community on Instagram at ochocandy, Facebook at @OCHOCandy and Twitter at @OchoCandy.