Denis Ring and Liam

Denis Ring and Liam (Photo credit: Foodie Chap/Liam Mayclem)

Foodie Chap at OCHO Organic Candy In Oakland

with Denis Ring, Founder of OCHO

Liam Mayclem
February 22, 2018 - 12:00 am

OAKLAND (KCBS Radio) - Denis Ring has a rich history in the organics industry with many successful natural and organic product launches under his belt. Denis founded OCHO Candy in 2010 and continues to be the company’s visionary and chief product innovator. 
As Vice President of Corporate Brands at Whole Foods, Ring managed the introduction of the grocery chain's 365 Everyday Value brand, which launched in 1997. Tasked with choosing products and vendors and overseeing labeling and logistics, Ring quickly turned 365 into a billion-dollar brand for Whole Foods. In 2003, he left Whole Foods to start his own product development and consulting firm, Bode International, which launched Central Market’s line of private-label natural and organic products, as well as private label products for Target, Ahold, Wakefern, A&P, Cost Plus, and others. Ring later led the introduction of Safeway’s O Organic line and an organic product line for Woolworths in South Africa. He continues to work with Albertson’s and other companies on product development.
Ring has a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Santa Clara University, a Master's in Philosophy from Fordham and an MBA from Yale. He lives in Berkeley with his wife.

The candy man invited me for a one of a kind tour of OCHO, the organic candy company in Oakland. On release day of the new PB& J OCHO bar, it was a Charlie Bucket “golden ticket” moment visiting Willy Wonka (Denis)  the man behind the chocolate factory seeing how chocolate is made, a rare, special peek behind the curtain. I am happy to share this sweet experience with you.

For your delight and delectation, Denis also created a special ice cream recipe using the all new PB&J bar. 

Enjoy the full scoop with OCHO founder Denis Ring, a man sharing his passion for organic chocolate one tasty bar at a time.


Getting a peek inside "Willy Wonka's Candy Factory" by way of
OCHO Candy with founder Denis Ring:



Cheers, Liam!

OCHO Organic PB&J Ice Cream
OCHO Organic PB&J Ice Cream (Photo credit: Foodie Chap/Liam Mayclem)

OCHO Organic PB&J Ice Cream
By Denis Ring, Founder, OCHO Candy™

Serves 1 quart


  • 1 cup organic half & half 
  • 2 cups organic whipping cream
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 6 organic egg yolks 
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla paste (or extract)
  • 2 OCHO PB&J Bars


  1. Gently whisk egg yolks in a bowl and set aside. In a saucepan, simmer half & half and sugar until sugar dissolves without letting it come to a boil. Slowly whisk in the egg yolks. Return the mixture to heat, stirring constantly, until temperature reaches 170?F (some of the egg mixture may begin to cook just a little). Remove from heat immediately and strain custard into a mixing bowl. Stir in vanilla. Cover and let chill in refrigerator about an hour.
  2. While the custard is cooling, cut the OCHO PB&J bars into cubes about half the size of dice. Cut lengthwise first, from the top of the bar down. Then cut the split pieces crosswise, through the peanut butter and jam. Each bar should yield about 14 small pieces. Carefully place the PB&J pieces onto a plate, chocolate side down so that they don’t touch one another. Place in freezer for 30 minutes.
  3. Once the custard is chilled, add the cream and mix thoroughly. Place mixture into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s directions. When the mixture is thick enough to look like soft ice cream, remove it from the ice cream maker and place it in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the frozen PB&J pieces by hand until evenly distributed. Cover and freeze for an hour before serving.

For more information, visit:
Organizc Chocolate - Ocho Candy