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Tuesday, April 14, 2020/Author: Jim/Number of views (877)/Comments (0)/
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Click Here for Today's Flavors (updated for August 14)

Check out our NEW Cocoa Grilling Rub - on our online store now!

 

If you would like to choose the flavors in your box of chocolates,

just let us know your preferences in the Notes to Seller at Checkout.

Ask us about dairyfree/vegan options.

We also have e-gift cards available on our online store.

Ingredient/Allergen Info about our Bonbons and Caramels:

*Our bonbons and caramels are gluten free (except for malted milk or beer reduction pieces)

*Most of our bonbons and caramels contain fresh, local dairy cream.

*We do not use soy, corn syrup or anything to artificially extend shelf life.

*Our products are made in a facility that handles tree nuts and peanuts.

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

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020/Author: Jim/Number of views (4556)/Comments (0)/
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Desert Dish Video: Zak’s Chocolate - An Artisan Chocolate Shop

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.

 

We are proud to share this short video of our chocolate story, filmed by James Beard Award Winning videographer, Andrew Gooi. Filmmaker & Creator of Food Talkies

 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018/Author: Jim/Number of views (963)/Comments (0)/
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Made in Arizona: Zak's Chocolate started as hobby

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          We were recently featured on the Fox10 Made in Arizona series.

Monday, May 18, 2020/Author: Jim/Number of views (153)/Comments (0)/
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Zak's Virtual Factory Tour

Click Above to access our YouTube Video

 

The next best thing to being in our micro factory.

We recorded the Instagram Live "show" we did in March 

so you can see it any time from the comfort of your own couch!

So grab some Zak's Chocolate and come along. 

 

Monday, May 18, 2020/Author: Jim/Number of views (153)/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 (160)/Comments (0)/
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A Field Guide to Vegan Dining in Greater Phoenix

Zak's offers lots of dairy free and vegan options. This article guides you to options for any time of day.

 

"These days, the Valley’s restaurant scene has gotten pretty good at embracing diners' dietary restrictions and decisions.

You can now be a vegan here, or indulge in a plant-based diet, and eat pretty well. 

Veganism, in short, means abstaining from animal food products.

Among the distinctions from vegetarianism are that vegans also skip additional products like eggs, dairy, and honey." 

"There are also many vegan options at Zak’s Chocolate.

Not only all of the single-origin dark chocolate bars, but vegan truffles and "milk" and white chocolate bars using coconut milk."

 

Click HERE to read the whole story.

Sunday, December 1, 2019/Author: Jim/Number of views (486)/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. They taste like lemon or yuzu, but dim. Twila Cassadore, a Western Apache foods activist, likens the flavor more to squash. For centuries, the Western Apache have used barrel cactus fruit. Cassadore serves a barrel cactus salsa with desert woodrat. She uses their coal-black seeds as a wide-ranging topping. They recall black sesame seeds, partly due to their crunch.

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 (371)/Comments (0)/
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Transparency Report - Uncommon Cacao

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-sourced cacao to craft our chocolate. 

Ethical 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, ethical sourcing 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. Here is a link to the 2018 report. 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 (1747)/Comments (0)/
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Arizona Daily Mix TV Segment

Hosted by the iconic Pat McMahon

We had a blast sharing an overview of what is unique about Zak's Chocolate

with AZ Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame Member, Pat McMahon

 

Click HERE to see the segment, which also shows some of our local wine &

spirits friends from Pillsbury Wine, Carlson Creek Wine and Adventurous Stills distillery.

We love pairing our chocolates with these amazing Arizona products

Monday, July 15, 2019/Author: Jim/Number of views (541)/Comments (0)/
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