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A Series of Behind-the-Scenes Videos

We were Featured on "Everywhere With Cory"

We took Cory McCloskey behind the scenes of our (slightly expanded) micro chocolate factory this past summer.

Click the Heading above to see the 5 short video segments shot live on International Chocolate Day, July 7, 2022 (hence the super high temps on Cory's weather charts!).

For a deeper dive into our process, including how we press and use cocoa butter, you can check out the link for a 30 minute video by

our friends at Foodies Who Fitness.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022/Author: Jim/Number of views (89)/Comments (0)/
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Zak's Chocolate named to Food & Wine's Best Chocolate Shops in America list

Click the heading for links to the full list and some related articles

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — What started as a hobby...has landed Scottsdale's Maureen Elitzak among the country's top chocolatiers...

 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021/Author: Jim/Number of views (748)/Comments (0)/
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Tuesday, April 14, 2020/Author: Jim/Number of views (2351)/Comments (0)/
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OUR CURRENT FLAVORS November 22 - 23, 2022

Our small batches come & go, so if we are out of any requested flavors we will substitute for something we hope you will enjoy trying.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR ONLINE STORE

If you have any other questions, just email or call us.

 

SOLD OUT THANK YOU!!

RASPBERRY ROSE IS BACK - HELP SUPPORT OUR 7th ANNUAL FUNDRAISER BENEFITTING THE JOY BUS 

50% OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THIS PIECE GO DIRECTLY TO THE JOY BUS

 

We Have Chocolate Turkeys! Click HERE and see the birds

Tuesday, March 17, 2020/Author: Jim/Number of views (35587)/Comments (0)/
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Desert Dish Video: Zak’s Chocolate - An Artisan Chocolate Shop

A short video of our chocolate story, filmed by a James Beard Award Winning videographer

Like coffee and wine, each cocoa bean comes from a unique terroir that impacts its flavor. Zak's Chocolate is giving patrons a taste of true chocolate.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018/Author: Jim/Number of views (2492)/Comments (0)/
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Salted Cocoa Nib Mixer

Featured in Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine

DESIGNED FOR COFFEE (BUT AWESOME IN SO MUCH MORE)

A local collaboration with Iconic Cocktail of Phoenix, Salted Cocoa Nib Mixer is made with Zak's custom roasted cocoa nibs.

 

Monday, April 23, 2018/Author: Jim/Number of views (2063)/Comments (0)/
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Zak's Single-Origin Brownie Flights Featured in Phoenix New Times

"This is not your grandma's brownie"

 

"This is a serious chocolate pastry that will make you rethink all previous brownie experiences."

 

 

 

 

Monday, September 4, 2017/Author: Jim/Number of views (2490)/Comments (0)/
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How to Buy the Best Chocolate, According to Professional Chefs and Chocolatiers

The Food Network included some of our thoughts about what to look for when buying chocolate to eat or cook with.

 

Monday, April 18, 2022/Author: Jim/Number of views (295)/Comments (0)/
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Best Brownies in Every State

Have you tried our single-origin brownie flight?

Tuesday, January 25, 2022/Author: Jim/Number of views (417)/Comments (0)/
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Best of Phoenix 2021

Zak's Chocolate is Recognized for Best Chocolate

Monday, October 25, 2021/Author: Jim/Number of views (472)/Comments (0)/
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The Basics of Chocolate Tasting

Phoenix New Times review of our Talk, Taste & Tour Event

Click the heading above to read the review...

 

"Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies." - John Q. Tullius

 

 

"Make a list of important things to do today. At the top of your list, put ‘eat chocolate’. 

Now, you'll get at least one thing done today." - Gina Hayes

 

 

"Chocolate is nature’s way of making up for Mondays." – Anonymous

Thursday, June 10, 2021/Author: Jim/Number of views (727)/Comments (0)/
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Zak's Cocoa Grilling Rub

3 Local Products to Try This Summer - Featured in Phoenix Magazine

Saturday, May 22, 2021/Author: Jim/Number of views (652)/Comments (0)/
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Cacao Magic in 4 short videos from the Tropics

Farming, Fermentation, Drying, Quality Control

These videos are a great introduction to all the magic and really, really hard work done by so many amazing people in the tropics.

Learn what has to happen before cocoa beans arrive at Zak's so we can turn them into chocolate for you to enjoy.

These awesome, short videos were produced by our primary partner in transparent trade, Uncommon Cacao

Friday, March 12, 2021/Author: Jim/Number of views (645)/Comments (0)/
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A 59 Second Video

How we make our chocolate

Friday, March 5, 2021/Author: Jim/Number of views (733)/Comments (0)/
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Living the Sweet Life

Our (Chocolate) Origin Story featured in City Lifestyle Arizona

 

"Perhaps it was the surplus chocolate that her candy box maker grandfather brought home from the shop.

Or, it may have been the family fudge recipe grandpa passed down to her father.

“That was always a special treat,” certified chocolatier Maureen Elitzak recalls..."

 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021/Author: Jim/Number of views (790)/Comments (0)/
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Artisanal Confectioners Raise The (Chocolate) Bar

Our Story featured in Garden & Health - January 2021

 

"Zak’s is just one of a growing number of chocolate shops across the U.S. that both make 100 percent of their own chocolate and all of the cocoa beans used are ethically sourced. Its products range from vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free single-origin dark chocolate bars to bonbons, truffles, and even a cocoa grilling rub." 

Thursday, January 14, 2021/Author: Jim/Number of views (694)/Comments (0)/
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Made in Arizona: Zak's Chocolate started as hobby

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           Zak's Chocolate featured on the Fox10 Made in Arizona series.

Monday, May 18, 2020/Author: Jim/Number of views (1103)/Comments (0)/
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The Most Magical Chocolate Shop in Every State

Zak's is featured in "EAT THIS, NOT THAT!" (click above for more)

 

Cinnamon Plum Bonbon - Zak's Chocolate (Scottsdale, Arizona)

 

"Have you ever had a cinnamon plum bonbon?

If you're near the Scottsdale area in Arizona, look no further, as this happens to be one of Zak's Chocolate's specialties."

 

 

Cinnamon Plum bonbon (l) together with Earl Grey Lavender bonbon (r), a lovely couple.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020/Author: Jim/Number of views (1349)/Comments (0)/
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A Curious Eater's Guide to the Ancient and Wild Foods of the Sonoran

Chris Malloy's guide to exploring plants of the Sonoran Desert at local eateries (and a chocolate shop)

 

"Some of these foods are farmed — and can be provided predictably in large quantities. Because the foraging climate shifts with the hours, days, weeks, and years, wild foods are more volatile. Some ingredients appear for just a few days a year." Click HERE to read the whole story.

"Barel Cactus: Stout and pumpkin-shaped, barrel cactus sprouts waxy yellow fruit in early spring. These oblong fruits cluster at the top, each looking like a skinless pineapple. 

Where to taste: Try the seeds at Zak’s Chocolate in Scottsdale, where Jim and Maureen Elitzak deploy them for texture in a 70 percent cacao bar. Tamara Stanger of Cotton & Copper has used the fruit in desserts like semifreddo and lemon meringue pie."

Sunday, December 1, 2019/Author: Jim/Number of views (1393)/Comments (0)/
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2021 Transparency Report - Uncommon Cacao

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As you may know, especially if you've attended one of our events or engaged us in conversation at our shop, we pride ourselves on using only ethically, and transparantly-sourced cacao to craft our chocolate. 

Ethical, transparant sourcing encompasses many things, including certain environmental, economic and social standards relating to the farming activities and the people we buy cocoa beans from and through. 

But basically, it is about knowing where your food (in this case, chocolate) comes from, how it's made, how the land is treated and how all the people involved in the process handle mutual responsibilities.

Our longest-standing trade relationship, and one we are most proud of, is with a small group called Uncommon Cacao, a Ceritfied B Corporation. Each year, Uncommon Cacao publishes a Transparency Report that is full of great insights and information, yet is also a pretty easy read. We hope you will take some time to check it out. We'd love to hear what you learned and what you think.

Thursday, September 19, 2019/Author: Jim/Number of views (5870)/Comments (0)/
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