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Tuesday, April 14, 2020/Author: Jim/Number of views (1331)/Comments (0)/
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2019 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 2019 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 (3112)/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 (1373)/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 (1730)/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 (43)/Comments (0)/
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A 59 Second Video

How we make our chocolate

Friday, March 5, 2021/Author: Jim/Number of views (60)/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 (457)/Comments (0)/
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OUR CURRENT FLAVORS April 16 - 20, 2021

We will do our best to accommodate requests. Please let us know about any dietary restrictions.

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

Ask us about dairyfree/vegan options. Please let us know about any dietary restrictions.

Ingredient/Allergen Info about our Bonbons and Caramels:

*Our bonbons are made with in our unique Zak's-Blend Dark Chocolate. It's smooth, creamy and not bitter

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

*Most of our bonbons and caramels contain fresh, local Dazeisen Dairy cream, except as noted with a *

*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.

*Our bonbons and caramels are best enjoyed within 2-3 weeks. Our dark chocolate bars will be good for at least one year; milk and white chocolate for 6 months, if stored properly. What is proper storage? We recommend storing all chocolate in a cool/dry place, away from sun, at a temperature range of 55 - 73 degrees. If you happen to have a wine fridge, that's a great place to store chocolate. Just let them warm up to room temp before you enjoy.

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 (15902)/Comments (0)/
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2019 International Chocolate Awards

Zak's wins 3 Awards!

  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

Monday, July 8, 2019/Author: Jim/Number of views (766)/Comments (0)/
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IMAGES AZ Magazine feature

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

Click here to see the online article. IMAGES AZ Magazine captures the uniqueness of Zak's Chocolate

Friday, March 8, 2019/Author: Jim/Number of views (791)/Comments (0)/
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Chocolate Connoisseur Magazine

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 version🧐).

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 & Chocolate🍫

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 (986)/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 (1811)/Comments (0)/
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Tastings, demonstrations, classes

check schedule on Homepage Events

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 (2284)/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.


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Monday, July 25, 2016/Author: Jim/Number of views (2232)/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 (2414)/Comments (0)/
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