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Zak's Chocolate featured as Cover Story

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

When we opened our little craft chocolate shop about 3 years ago, we just wanted to share chocolate, the way we like it, with the hope that others might like it, too. Chocolate is a very personal experience and we are really excited that Chocolate Connoisseur has shared our own personal story, and some of the things that were, & always will be, important to us, from ethically sourced cacao to highlighting Arizona grown & produced ingredients, to collaborations with other local craftspeople, many of whom are mentioned in the article (some are in the part that comes after the online free preview versionšŸ§).

Anyway, this is our story. It’s kinda long, so grab a chocolate bar or two, pair it with your favorite Arizona wine, coffee or spirits, and we hope you enjoy.

Cheers & ChocolatešŸ«

Maureen & Jim (Hey, wait a minute, who’s Zak? Do you know? Maybe you'll figure it out from reading the article...)

 

Click here to read the online free preview version (it's about two-thirds of the whole article). Because Chocolate Connoiseur is a subscription-based publication, we were not able to provide a link to the entire article. However, if you want to read the rest of the story (and we hope you do), just click here for a pdf version. It's not a real clean looking version, but just scroll down until you see the picture of our chocolate ice cream.wink
 

{btw, if you are interested in subscribing to Chocolate Connoisseur Magazine you can use the coupon code ZAKS30 for 30% off either the current issue or an annual subscription}

Monday, August 27, 2018/Author: Jim/Number of views (117)/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.

Tasting single origin chocolate in its bar form is a great way to develop a deeper appreciation for chocolate as an artisan product, but tasting it in brownie form was a totally different experience, which somehow highlighting the subtle, and not-so-subtle differences even better."

Click here to see the full article

 

 

Monday, September 4, 2017/Author: Jim/Number of views (757)/Comments (0)/
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Edible Phoenix Article

Tasting Artisanal Chocolate in Arizona

"Embracing old methods and new flavors to go beyond commercial chocolate."

We are honored to be featured in Edible Phoenix, Summer 2017 edition. Click here for full article 



Saturday, May 20, 2017/Author: Jim/Number of views (891)/Comments (0)/
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Join us for a tasting, demonstration or class!

Choose your Chocolate Adventure & register today

We are rolling out some new events, designed to introduce more people to the world of craft chocolate. 

These new events allow us to host more guests at one time while still spending dedicated time in a relatively small group setting. We hope to offer these events more frequently than we were able to offer our previous tour/tasting event.

Choose from:

  • Chocolate 101 (family friendly event - no age restrictions)
  • Craft Chocolate Tasting/Demonstration 
  • Chocolate Making Experience 

Click the article heading for more info and a link to the registration site.

Check out reviews of a similar event by clicking here
Wednesday, February 22, 2017/Author: Jim/Number of views (1249)/Comments (0)/
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Phoenix Magazine Birthday Club

We are proud to be an inaugural sponsor of the Phoenix Magazine Birthday Club, along with other awesome, local businesses.

 

Monday, September 26, 2016/Author: Jim/Number of views (1434)/Comments (0)/
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Uncommon Cacao Transparency Report 2015

Transforming the Cacao Supply Chain

 

We are excited to share with you this easy-reading report from our trading partners at Uncommon Cacao. We are proud to partner with Uncommon Cacao to source our Belize, Dominican Republic, Gutemalan & Haitian cocoa beans through this Direct Trade Network. 

Chocolate starts with the story of people. This report helps tell that story in terms of social, economic and environmental impacts on the lives of the real, hard-working smallholder farmer families that produce the wonderful cacao that we are privileged to turn into chocolate for you. We hope you find this report enlightening as well as thought-provoking. 


 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016/Author: Jim/Number of views (1369)/Comments (0)/
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bon appƩtit article

Why a Great Bar of Chocolate Costs so much

If you’re paying $1.99 for a candy bar, you’re not going to be able to support much of anything except the bottom line of the big manufacturer...click here to find out why

Monday, September 5, 2016/Author: Jim/Number of views (1375)/Comments (0)/
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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"

From now until we publish the 2016 edition of Best of Phoenix,

New Times is naming 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.


{Click Heading above to read full Blog entry}

Monday, July 25, 2016/Author: Jim/Number of views (1334)/Comments (0)/
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Imagine if there was only one kind of wine grape

Boring, right? Same goes for chocolate!

Imagine if we were led to believe there was only one kind of wine grape. Boring, right? Grab your favorite Zak's Chocolate bar & check out this great video explaining what real #craftchocolate is about. 

 

Friday, August 14, 2015/Author: Jim/Number of views (1577)/Comments (0)/
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No Caffeine, but a mood lifter

Top 5 Chocolate Myths

One of the most frequent questions we've been asked since opening our craft chocolate factory is, "doesn't chocolate have caffeine like coffee?"  Roxanne Browning of Exotic Chocolate Tasting in NY does a nice job explaining the difference between caffeine and theobromine in her article. http://exoticchocolatetasting.com/site/chocolate-health-benefits/

Thursday, May 7, 2015/Author: Jim/Number of views (7366)/Comments (0)/
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