Frequently Asked Questions
What does Brazen mean?
Bold and without shame.
How is your chocolate different from what I can find in the store?
We are chocolate makers. We take it from the bean all the way to the bar. Many call this process bean-to-bar chocolate or small batch chocolate. Most chocolate found in the marketplace is made by chocolatiers who purchase chocolate (cocoa butter, liquor, cacao paste) made by large industrial chocolate makers. We are one of only a handful of chocolate makers in the state of Arizona.
Do you have sugar-free chocolate?
Yes we have a few options for diabetics, athletes, or anyone with food allergies. The first option is our 100% cacao chocolate bar (1 ingredient). The second option is one of our less processed products: cacao beans or nibs.
Is your chocolate gluten-free?
Yes. All of our products are gluten-free.
Why is your chocolate more expensive?
We use direct-trade cacao beans from small farms and cooperatives. The price is about double what is traded in the markets. We add no fillers or artificial ingredients.
Does your chocolate contain nuts?
Our chocolate bars do not contain nuts, however we do manufacture products that contain nuts (chocolate salami). We only use almonds, walnuts, and pistachios. We do not use peanuts in any products.
Is your chocolate handmade?
Yes. We do not have any fancy machines that automatically temper our chocolate bars. It is all done by hand. We do have a few machines that do the hard work of stone grinding our chocolate.
Do you offer wholesale?
Yes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you do custom orders?
Yes. We can customize almost anything and work with any ideas.
Is your chocolate certified organic?
All the cacao we source with the exception of our Guatemalan cacao is certified organic.
Do you use emulsifiers?
Never. It goes against everything we believe in.
Are your products vegan?
Yes all of our products are vegan, but not certified.
What is cacao percentage?
Cacao percentage is the amount of cacao and typically includes either cacao beans or cocoa butter. We exclude cocoa butter if we choose to include it in any of our chocolate. We list it separately and include the percentage. We only use deodorized cocoa butter if we choose to use it.
Do you have any flavored chocolate?
With only 2 ingredients (cacao & sugar) we can manufacture chocolate that has a multitude of flavors and tastings notes not commonly found in the marketplace. We have chocolate with nutty, floral, fruit, spicy, earthy, and wood notes.
Is your packaging green?
Yes. Essentially all of our packaging is either recyclable or biodegradable.
(The only exception is the chocolate bar foil wrapper)
Is any of your cacao fair-trade?
The majority of the cacao we purchase is direct-trade. Our Dominican cacao is fair-trade certified.
How many ingredients are in your chocolate?
1 – 3 ingredients (cacao beans, sugar, cocoa butter)
Do you do private chocolate tastings?
Yes. We love doing chocolate tastings. Please, contact us at email@example.com.
Where is your chocolate manufactured?
Who makes your chocolate?
The one and only chocolate whisperer
What kind of sugar do you use in your chocolate?
We use Evaporated Cane Juice sourced from Paraguay. It is vegan, organic, gmo-free, kosher. It is the cleanest and most neutral sugar we have found to-date.