Cacao Magic in 4 short videos from the Tropics

Farming, Fermentation, Drying, Quality Control

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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

GOOD FOOD AWARDS WINNER

Zak's Cacao Nib Caramel wins at Good Food Awards

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Zak’s Chocolate was named a 2017 Good Food Awards Winner in the Confections Category for its Cacao Nib Caramel!

We are proud and honored to be the first Arizona winner in the Confections Category and only the second winner ever from Arizona. 
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FLAVOR MENU for boxes of chocolates

As of April 10, 2024

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EVERY BOX HAS A FLAVOR LABEL INSIDE. THIS MENU CAN BE USED AS A GUIDE TO MORE INFO ABOUT THE FLAVORS IN YOUR BOX.

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.

 

Please note that almost all of our assorted chocolates and caramels are made with our House Blend dark chocolate..

Why dark chocolate? Well, because we roast our own cocoa beans we control the level of bitterness, astringency and acidity in our chocolate. Our chocolate making style results in a chocolate that is creamy and smooth, but not bitter. So, we don't need milk to offset bitterness or to add creaminess. We do make a small number of flavors with milk or white chocolate when we feel that a flavor combination benefits from that additional touch. Whether you have traditionally been a lover or hater of dark chocolate, we hope you'll come along for the ride with us.

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

A Series of Behind-the-Scenes Videos

Welcome into our world of chocolate!

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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,  there's a 30 minute video by our friends at Foodies Who Fitness.

The Basics of Chocolate Tasting

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

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"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

Artisanal Confectioners Raise The (Chocolate) Bar

Our Story featured in Garden & Health - January 2021

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"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." 

2022 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.

Zak's Chocolate Featured on Golf Channel

Golf Advisor Round Trip program features Scottsdale Experiences

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We took the Golf Chanel behind-the-scenes in  a feature that originally aired in the Fall of 2018.

Unfortunately the video is no longer available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 International Chocolate Awards

Zak's wins 3 Awards!

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  We are excited to announce that we took home THREE Awards this year, and that our Belize 70% Dark Chocolate was named a finalist.

 *Silver for our Coffee Break Bar, a dark chocolate bar with milk & locally roasted coffee, blended together for the perfect Coffee Break

 *Silver for our Belize Single-Origin White Chocolate Bar

 *Bronze for our Peru Maranon Single-Origin White Chocolate Bar

  Yes, two different White Chocolates!

  White Chocoolate IS REAL Chocolate AND each origin offers different natural flavor profiles. Our Belize White is slightly fruity and our Peru is mild and soooo creamy

IMAGES AZ Magazine feature

"If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it" - Willy Wonka

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MAGES AZ Magazine captures the uniqueness of Zak's Chocolate.

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Chocolate Connoisseur Magazine

Zak's Chocolate featured as Cover Story

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​​​​​​​OUR STORY...ON THE COVER of Chocolate Connoisseur Magazine.

 

 


 

 

SciGirls PBS show

Zak's supports episode shot in Arizona featuring 4 Arizona girls and their mentor

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BEST LOCAL FOOD PRODUCT

Phoenix Magazine 2016 Best of the Valley

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We are so very proud of this award. It is very exciting that more and more people are discovering and recognizing what real chocolate is all about. And, that real chocolate is a real food

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"

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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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Zak's Chocolate Featured in Phoenix Magazine

Chocolate Reign

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“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.

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Zak's Chocolate Named Best Chocolate

Best Chocolate in Metro-Phoenix 2015 by Phoenix New Times

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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.

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

 

 

 

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