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Welcome to Zak's Chocolate

Zak's Chocolate is a family-owned small-batch craft chocolate maker (we make 100% of our own chocolate from cocoa beans) and an artisan chocolatier. We love chocolate and we love the story and amazing flavors of fine cacao varieties. We have been making chocolate as a hobby for years and are excited to share our passion with you at our small production/retail shop in Scottsdale.

At Zak's we roast ethically sourced cocoa beans and make our own single-origin and House Blend chocolate to use in bars, truffles, brownies and other yummy confections.  Everything is done by hand, from sorting cocoa beans to wrapping our bars to hand crafting our truffles.

Each chocolate will taste different based on its origins and how we roast and conche to bring out unique flavor profiles. Like coffee and wine, each cocoa bean comes from a unique terroir that impacts its flavor. 

Our single-origin dark chocolates contain only cocoa beans (most of which are organically certified), organic cane sugar and a small amount of cocoa butter (which we press in-house from the same beans used in each origin bar). Our chocolate making style yields a chocolate that is creamy and smooth, but not bitter. All of our dark chocolate bars are vegan, gluten free and dairy free. We do not use soy in any of our products. Our milk chocolate is crafted with the same ingredients as our dark chocolate with the addition of organic whole milk.

At our factory in Scottsdale you will be able to see (and learn) how chocolate is made directly from the bean. 

We are proud to have been named 2016 Best Local Food Product by Phoenix Magazine and 2015 Best Chocolate by Phoenix New Times. We have also been featured on several local news segments. Click on the video images below to view the stories.

      

                                                  Fox 10 News              Phoenix New Times            Phoenix Magazine              CW6 TV

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Join us for a tasting, demonstration or class!  

We hope to see you soon for a unique chocolate experience:

  • Chocolate 101 - 30 minute overview of craft chocolate. Includes a virtual (video) tour of our small batch chocolate factory
  • Craft Chocolate Tasting/Demonstration - Dive deeper into the world of craft chocolate in a 90 minute experience. Includes guided tasting & chocolate making demonstration
  • Chocolate Making Experience -  make your own chocolate from cocoa beans in this 3 1/2-hour combination of hands-on and demonstration experience

Click here  for all the details and to register for your own unique chocolate experience!

How is Zak's chocolate actually made?
(it starts with a bean)

The story starts on small farms in the tropics where cacao (ka-kow) trees grow colorful pods. Each pod contains 30-40 cocoa beans. It takes just over one full pod to make each Zak's CHOCOLATE bar. The farmers harvest, ferment and dry the beans. The farmers' work is a critical first step in developing fine chocolate flavors.  Zak's acquires only premium cacao via Direct Trade with farmers/cooperatives.

Here is an overview of all the steps we take to make Zak's CHOCOLATE from these magical cocoa beans.

Just imagine smelling the warm liquid chocolate!

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Zak's Chocolate

6990 E Shea Blvd. "Sweet" 116
Scottsdale AZ 85254

email:info@zakschocolate.com
Phone: 480.607.6581

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