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Phoenix New Times 100 Tastemakers in the Valley

Get to Know More About Maureen & Jim, Plus "Three Things You Probably Don't Know About Chocolate"

From now until we publish the 2016 edition of Best of Phoenix,

New Times is naming 100 Tastemakers — 

members of our local culinary community who help shape the way we eat, drink, and think about food in Phoenix. Some you'll know, and for others, it'll be a first introduction, but each person on our list deserves a nod for helping make our city so delicious.


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Monday, July 25, 2016/Author: Jim/Number of views (532)/Comments (0)/
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Monday, July 25, 2016/Author: Jim/Number of views (456)/Comments (0)/
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Zak's Chocolate Featured in Phoenix Magazine, March 2016

Chocolate Reign


“We pay a lot more for the beans, but there are fine flavors and there’s a relationship and sustainability factor,” says Jim Elitzak, co-owner with wife Maureen of Zak’s Chocolate in Scottsdale.

Click here for cool video of our chocolate making process

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Monday, July 25, 2016/Author: Jim/Number of views (653)/Comments (0)/
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Project Phoenix 2016 DIY Issue features Zak's Chocolate

So, do they ever eat mass-produced chocolate from the convenience store? Read story for answer

Chocolate-making is a lost art, Jim Elitzak says. It's also a messy one. When his wife, Maureen, with whom he co-owns Zak's Chocolate in Scottsdale, announced that she was going to start making her own chocolate, grinding beans by hand and using hair dryers to blow cocoa shells, he balked.

"I said, 'I will never do that. No, thank you,'" he remembers. Jim since has changed his mind: The couple opened Zak's Chocolate in a small Scottsdale storefront last spring. There, they create organic single-origin chocolate bars and sweets made from their own bean-to-bar chocolate. Everything is done by hand: the roasting, the separating, the melting. Even the paper each chocolate bar comes wrapped in is handmade. The business began as a hobby...click here for full article

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Monday, July 25, 2016/Author: Jim/Number of views (392)/Comments (0)/
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Upcoming Events

Tours, Classes & Events Around Town

Scottsdale Culinary Festival, Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic

New Factory Tours & Chocolate Making Experience dates.

Thursday, January 7, 2016/Author: Jim/Number of views (706)/Comments (0)/
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Zak's Chocolate Named Best Chocolate

Best Chocolate in Metro-Phoenix 2015 by Phoenix New Times

Just six months into our new venture, we are very excited and proud to have been Named Best Chocolate in Metro-Phoenix 2015 by Phoenix New Times.

Especially exciting is that this was not a popularity contest vote. It was an editor's choice. 

Thanks to Phoenix New Times and Chow Bella Blog for recognizing our craft. .Click here for Story


 

Friday, October 16, 2015/Author: Jim/Number of views (772)/Comments (0)/
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Imagine if there was only one kind of wine grape

Boring, right? Same goes for chocolate!

Imagine if we were led to believe there was only one kind of wine grape. Boring, right? Grab your favorite Zak's Chocolate bar & check out this great video explaining what real #craftchocolate is about. 

 

Friday, August 14, 2015/Author: Jim/Number of views (889)/Comments (0)/
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Factory Tour Schedule is now open

register for a behind the scenes tour and tasting

We are now offering behind scenes tours of our small batch chocolate factory twice weekly (Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings). Each one hour tour includes:
- a tour of our chocolate-making factory
- a guided tasting of cacao nibs & our current single-origin chocolates.

Plus, each guest gets to take home their favorite Zak's Chocolate Bar!

Due to the size of our factory, each tour is limited to 5 people. The cost is $20 per guest and includes the tour, tasting and a Zak's Chocolate Bar. Reserve your spot by clicking here

Sunday, June 28, 2015/Author: Jim/Number of views (1016)/Comments (0)/
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Help us Support Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

A connection between our chocolate bars and Nepal...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015/Author: Jim/Number of views (882)/Comments (0)/
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No Caffeine, but a mood lifter

Top 5 Chocolate Myths

One of the most frequent questions we've been asked since opening our craft chocolate factory is, "doesn't chocolate have caffeine like coffee?"  Roxanne Browning of Exotic Chocolate Tasting in NY does a nice job explaining the difference between caffeine and theobromine in her article. http://exoticchocolatetasting.com/site/chocolate-health-benefits/

Thursday, May 7, 2015/Author: Jim/Number of views (2330)/Comments (0)/
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