Welcome to Zak's Chocolate!
Craft Chocolate Factory/Retail Shop/Events
Zak's Chocolate is a local, award-winning small-batch craft chocolate maker and an artisan chocolate shop. We are one of a small number of chocolate shops that makes 100% of our own chocolate. And, we use only ethically-sourced cocoa beans.
We (Maureen & Jim, that's us in the photo), love chocolate and we love the amazing natural flavors of fine cacao varieties. What started as Maureen's home hobby now allows us to share our passion with you at our small production/retail shop in Scottsdale.
At Zak's we roast only ethically sourced cocoa beans (read more here) and make our own single-origin and proprietary House Blend chocolate to use in dark, milk & white chocolate bars, as well as truffles, brownies and other yummy confections. Everything is done by hand, from sorting cocoa beans to wrapping our bars to hand crafting our truffles.
Cocoa beans are the seed of the cacao tree, and each cacao origin will taste different based on the bean variety, its growing environment and how we roast and 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 organically farmed 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 results in a chocolate that is creamy and smooth, but not bitter. All of our dark chocolate bars are vegan, gluten free and dairy free. Our milk chocolate is crafted with the same ingredients as our dark chocolate with the addition of organic whole milk. Our unique, award-winning Sonoran Desert White Chocolate is made with only three ingredients: House-pressed cocoa butter, organic whole milk powder and organic cane sugar. We do not use soy, corn syrup or anything to artificially extend the shelf life in any of our products.
We hope to see you at our small factory/retail shop in Scottsdale where you will be able to see us making chocolate directly from the bean and pick up some for your own enjoyment or to share. Find us at:
6990 E Shea Blvd. "Sweet" 116
Scottsdale AZ 85254
We are proud to be the first Arizona Good Food Awards winner in the Confections category and to have been named 2018 Best Chocolate & 2017 Best Ice Cream by Phoenix New Times, as well as 2017 Best Chocolate & 2016 Best Local Food Product by Phoenix Magazine. We have also been featured in USA Today, on the Cover of Chocolate Connoisseur Magazine and on several local news segments. Click on the images below to view the stories and see more in our NEWS & VIDEOS tab.
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