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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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." 

Zak's Chocolate Featured on Golf Channel

Golf Advisor TV program featured 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.








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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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.