About Us

 

2017 GDC Staff

We are a small, family-owned business with a big love for craft chocolate. Our bright green shop is located at the gateway to the quaint, picturesque village of Empire, MI nestled in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Our PEOPLE: Our small staff is part of our family and we are committed to providing above-industry wages and a fun, cooperative work environment. Relationships are important to us and each year we travel to meet with the farmers who grow and make our chocolate. 

Our CHOCOLATE: We source most of our chocolate from Ecuador where we oversee the entire value chain of our chocolate from farmer to you, partnering with truly remarkable farmers and chocolate makers along the way. This allows us to source some of the tastiest chocolate on the planet and make chocolates we are proud to share with you. Our secondary trading partner is family-owned El Rey Chocolates from Venezuela who offer consistently great quality, ethically produced chocolate. 

Our CRAFT: Like any craftsperson, we spend inordinate amounts of time honing our skill as chocolatiers. We will forever be students of the craft. Instead of trying to master all ends of our supply chain, we focus on what we do best - making fabulous chocolate confections. We're proud to work closely with some of the most talented cacao growers and couverture makers in Ecuador and Venezuela to bring you our unique blend of world-class, artisan chocolate. 

Our PASSION: Our love for rich, dark chocolate and a passion for local foods inspires our truffle recipes and other chocolate creations. We use fruits, edible flowers and herbs from our garden and we source larger quantities of ingredients from local farms. Our dairy, maple syrup and honey is sourced from local farming families and, on occasion, we use wild-harvested foods from the rich soils and pristine forests of our Northern Michigan home. We use as little sugar as possible and you'll never find preservatives or corn syrup in our chocolates. Travels and studies of chocolate through Latin American and Europe inspire us and many of our recipes.

Our FUTURE: We strive to minimize our impact on the natural environment. Our chocolates are all-natural and contain many organic and other naturally grown ingredients. We package the chocolates in compostable bags and recyclable/recycled materials when possible.

We hope you will enjoy our chocolates as much as we enjoy making them for you!

Our confections include:

  • Hand rolled and dipped Truffles & Honey Caramels
  • Chocolate Bars with local fruits and nuts
  • Thin Chocolate Bark with several delicious toppings including smoked sea salt
  • Chocolate Nut Spreads
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Chocolate Nut Mixes
  • Clusters