Welcome to Zak's Chocolate! 

  Craft Chocolate Factory/Retail Shop/Events


Zak's Chocolate is a local, award-winning small-batch craft chocolate maker (we make 100% of our own chocolate from cocoa beans) and an artisan chocolate shop. 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 to enhance the smoothness of our chocolate (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, corn syrup or anything to artificially extend the shelf life 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/retail shop in Scottsdale you will be able to see (and learn) how chocolate is made directly from the bean. 












We are proud to be the first Arizona Good Food Awards winner in the Confections category and to have been named 2017 Best Chocolate and 2016 Best Local Food Product by Phoenix Magazine as well as 2018 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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Chocolate Events

We are fully booked for 2018. Click here to join our email list and be the first to know about new events in 2019! At this time, due to expansion of production into our event space, we are only booking private groups of 8 - 12 people for certain onsite events. Unfortunatley our fun & popular Chocolate Making Experience is currently unavailable due to these space constraints. 

If you are thinking about a Zak's gift card for that chocolate-loving someone, please note that, although gift cards are good for any product, merchandise or events, we do not encourage you to purchase a gift card value based on events until we are able to offer open registration events again. Thank you for your understanding and continued support as we grow.

  • Chocolate 101 - A 60 minute overview of craft chocolate. Includes a virtual (video) tour of our small batch chocolate factory. Currently available only for private groups. Not available during "Chocolate Holiday" periods. Contact us at info@zakschocolate.com for details & to book an event in 2019 for your group. 
  • Craft Chocolate Tasting/Demonstration - Dive deeper into the world of craft chocolate in a 2 hour experience. Includes guided tasting & chocolate making demonstration. Currently available only for offsite private events, based on a minimum of 20 people. Contact us at info@zakschocolate.com for details and to book an event in 2019 for your group's next get-together or as a fundraiser.
  • Chocolate Making Experience -  make chocolate from cocoa beans in a 4 hour hands-on experience. Currently unavailable due to space constraints.
  • Wine & Chocolate Pairings - Available for private groups only. All guests must be 21+. Pricing is based on a minimum of 8 guests. Not available during "Chocolate Holiday" periods. Contact us at info@zakschocolate.com for details and to book your 2019 private tasting event. 


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

Phone: 480.607.6581

Copyright 2018 by ZAKs CHOCOLATE