I see the light, it’s getting bright. We’ll make it through, I swear.

It’s been such a rough year. 2020 wasI’ll say it one last time, unprecedented. But I feel like we’re coming around the bend. I daresay that with infection rates declining and vaccines becoming more widespread and available, things are looking up. As restrictions are easing and we’re moving into a lighter, brighter tier, I feel more of a spring in my step (no pun intended, this time). I’m starting to plan visits with friends that I haven’t seen in a long time, I’m stalking my…

2021 Gift Ideas for Vegan and Organic Chocolate Lovers — Part II.

2021 Gift Ideas for Vegan and Organic Chocolate Lovers — Part I.

Love stories come in all sorts of shapes and sizes — with sunny, funny, messy and magical moments.

Since our Valentine’s products have just landed in our warehouse, I’d like to talk about love. There are so many great love stories out there… from Love Actually (IMHO, also the greatest Christmas movie) to Pride and Prejudice (the BBC version, hands down) to Up (please don’t judge me, it’s that opening sequence!) and so many more that I am ashamed to admit. But there is one special love story that is the story behind our Valentine’s dove.

The results are in, and our Sjaakoholics are the winners.

When we first took over Sjaak’s, one of the things I was most impressed by (in addition to the quality of the delicious vegan chocolates) was the dedication of our team members. Many of the staff have been at Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates for six, seven, ten, thirteen years. Having worked most of my life in the Bay Area, it is much more common to see people job-hopping and lasting just a couple years before moving on to their next endeavor. …

For some fun in our seasonal packaging, we think that it would be fun to add a surprise element to all of our seasonal Sjaakolates.

My husband and I love to play board games (hence snowmeeples, rather than snowmen). We also like the idea of incorporating fun surprises in our packaging design so that our Sjaakoholics can play along as they enjoy their treats. For this Christmas, we decided that the red deer would be the perfect inaugural design element. …

Vegan mint chocolate milkshakes, spiced apple caramel waffles and peanut butter and banana pancakes…

As we hunker down to battle the curve this holiday season, we will all be experimenting with new ways to make our small, indoor holidays just as festive and happy. Despite the flurry of beautiful sourdough bread posts that graced my social feed this year, I can’t imagine a better way than to experiment with delicious, organic, vegan Sjaakolates.

I say, TODAY and every day is what we make of it.

Whether it’s the little things like waking up to your favorite playlist or your morning ritual of black coffee and yoga — or the elaborate annual trek to Grandma’s house for the holidays or dark chocolate truffles after dinner, traditions can offer security, comfort, and joy. Routine and familiarity are reassuring, and gathering with friends and loved ones warms the heart and soul.

This year, routine and normalcy have flown out the window as we continue to navigate new ways of coping and making sense of our reality…

Tempering chocolate, tempering expectations. Molding and shaping our new company.

For almost everyone, everywhere, 2020 has been a year of reckoning. We’ve been plagued with fires, floods, locusts, sickness, and ideological divides. We’ve been sequestered in our homes with/without our loved ones. For some, it has been a time for reflection and repose. For some, it has brought sickness and ruin. For everyone, it has been a time for resilience.

Who knew that this year would bring a pandemic of global proportions. This wasn’t the most auspicious time to begin a new business, but the papers were signed and Sjaak’s…

A lot of love, attention and detail.

From our small bites to our boxed assortments, all of Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates are produced in small, handcrafted batches by skilled chocolatiers at our Blue Lake, California factory. From start to finish, our products are made in house. This means making our own organic chocolate in our conch, roasting and grinding our own nut butters, preparing our own caramels and hand wrapping our bars. It brings us joy to let our customers know that everything they consume has been carefully handcrafted by our team of organic “Sjaakolatiers.”

But want to know the inspiration…

Sjaak's Organic Chocolates

Organic, vegan and handmade chocolates.

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