In 2004, Sarah wondered why so many chocolate bunnies were so awful. The chocolate was waxy, the designs so tacky. So she started playing with chocolate recipes, creating iconic molds and hand-gilding them in edible gold leaf. Wanting to take it to the next level, she found an instructor to come to her home; Ian Titterton taught Sarah what he knew about chocolate. When Sarah’s kitchen became too small to keep up with orders, she began selling at the Farmer’s Market. In 2006 Alma chocolate opened a retail storefront and quickly garnered waves of attention, critical accolades and a devoted fan following. In 2008, Hart was named “The Rising Star” in The Next Generation Chocolatier Awards. She staged at Valrhona in France and kept growing the chocolate line. She now manages a small staff of talented chocolatiers, bakers and baristas who have helped grow Alma’s offerings.