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Click HERE to read our November 26 Newsletter, "A Cozy Beverage & Local Gift Boxes"

Click HERE to read our October 30 Newsletter, "Spirits & Chocolate Pairing Event & More"

Click HERE to read our August 16 Newsletter, "Things That Don't Melt, Events & A New School"

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Saturday, July 13, 2019/Author: Jim/Number of views (314)/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 (531)/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 (224)/Comments (0)/
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Zak's Chocolate Featured on Golf Channel

Golf Advisor Round Trip program features Scottsdale Experiences

We are excited to finally be able to share these two short, behind-the-scenes videos

with you from a Golf Chanel feature that originally aired in the Fall of 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click Image above to view Part 1                          Click Image above to view Part 2

Monday, July 15, 2019/Author: Jim/Number of views (260)/Comments (0)/
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SciGirls PBS show

Zak's supports episode shot in Arizona

We are proud to have been able to support an episode of SciGirls fearuring 4 Arizona girls and their mentor. 

In this episode, Valeria and her friends take action in their Arizona community. These SciGirls partner with an industrial engineer to design a streamlined service plan for a food bank, and help high school students in need. They spent a day at Zak's examining how we have changed and improved some of our processes since we began making chocolate as a hobby at home.

SciGirls is an Emmy award-winning PBS Kids television show, website, and educational outreach program that draws on cutting-edge research about what engages girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning and careers.

Check out the episode by clicking here

Wednesday, May 16, 2018/Author: Jim/Number of views (577)/Comments (0)/
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Zak's Featured on Fox10 News Segment 2

Corey's Corner Part 2

 

 

 The second live segment features our retail shop in front of our production area.

 Click here for Part 2 of the live segment on Fox10 News

 

Sunday, August 14, 2016/Author: Jim/Number of views (1685)/Comments (0)/
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Zak's Featured on Fox10 News Segment 1

Corey's Corner Segment 1

  

 

 

 Check out this great live piece from Fox10 News/Corey's Corner. A behind the scenes look at how we make Zak's Chocolate...click here

Sunday, August 14, 2016/Author: Jim/Number of views (1469)/Comments (0)/
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Monday, July 25, 2016/Author: Jim/Number of views (1469)/Comments (0)/
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Zak's Chocolate Featured in Phoenix Magazine, March 2016

Chocolate Reign

 

“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.

Click here for cool video of our chocolate making process

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Monday, July 25, 2016/Author: Jim/Number of views (1781)/Comments (0)/
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Project Phoenix 2016 DIY Issue features Zak's Chocolate

So, do they ever eat mass-produced chocolate from the convenience store? Read story for answer

Chocolate-making is a lost art, Jim Elitzak says. It's also a messy one. When his wife, Maureen, with whom he co-owns Zak's Chocolate in Scottsdale, announced that she was going to start making her own chocolate, grinding beans by hand and using hair dryers to blow cocoa shells, he balked.

"I said, 'I will never do that. No, thank you,'" he remembers. Jim since has changed his mind: The couple opened Zak's Chocolate in a small Scottsdale storefront last spring. There, they create organic single-origin chocolate bars and sweets made from their own bean-to-bar chocolate. Everything is done by hand: the roasting, the separating, the melting. Even the paper each chocolate bar comes wrapped in is handmade. The business began as a hobby...click here for full article

Click here for accompanying video of our chocolate making process

 

Monday, July 25, 2016/Author: Jim/Number of views (1402)/Comments (0)/
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