Woodblock Chocolate

Many thanks to the great team of Jessica and Charley Wheelock, the wife and husband team behind Woodblock Chocolate. Image Courtesy: woodblockchocolate.com

Many thanks to the great team of Jessica and Charley Wheelock, the wife and husband team behind Woodblock Chocolate. Image Courtesy: woodblockchocolate.com

Along with many others, I need little provocation to eat chocolate. And like pizza, chocolate is always a bit different, depending on where you get it. Well, I’m happy to report on a new chocolate shop in the NE PDX area that is, well, so darn sweet. So, let me introduce Woodblock Chocolate. Craft chocolate simply doesn’t get better. Heck, even the name suggests a nice hunk of sweet happiness. Just throw that big slab of chocolate onto the wood block and cut me off a huge piece! O.K. I’m getting ahead of myself, but their name is nearly as good as the products they produce. Just take a look:

Simple and pure, chocolate produced at Woodblock is just that. Far from a Hershey’s bar, Woodblock produces chocolate much higher in cacao content and thus a much finer product. Enjoy! Image Courtesy: woodblockchocolate.com

Simple and pure, chocolate produced at Woodblock is just that. Far from a Hershey’s bar, Woodblock produces chocolate much higher in cacao content and thus a much finer product. Enjoy! Image Courtesy: woodblockchocolate.com

 

The Art of Craft Chocolate

In most cases, a business knows itself better than its customer. With that in mind, here’s a brief description of Woodblock Chocolate by the owners themselves:

Portland’s own Woodblock Chocolate is the fortunate result of years of rigorous artistic endeavors by wife and husband team Jessica and Charley Wheelock. We met doing antique restoration and both had an affinity for the intriguing potential of a raw material: wood (that’s where the Woodblock comes from). Single source chocolate was intriguing too. The more we learned about chocolate, the more we understood how everything we had done led to this. Was it a calling? For us, making chocolate from the bean was more like realizing a dream that we didn’t even know we had!

Since 2010 when Woodblock Chocolate began, we’ve gone from making chocolate in our Portland kitchen, to our first small manufactory in SE, to our splendiferous and comfy Manufactory/Café in the heart of Portland’s historically beautiful Irvington-Broadway district. We are grateful for the encouragement and acceptance: without Portland’s love for creative expression, food, design and entrepreneurism we wouldn't be where we are.

We like to think every part of our humble and joyful experience comes through in our chocolate. We visited farms from Hawaii to Peru, researched and roasted, delved into the history and philosophy of cacao, made mistakes and happy accidents, grew, developed, collaborated and now have what we believe is delicious heartfelt chocolate worthy of our journey, made from two ingredients: cacao and pure cane sugar. We are genuinely proud to share what we have learned with you. - woodblockchocolate.com

 
One of the neat things that separates Woodblock Chocolate from other specialty shops is its cafe. Indeed, there’s plenty of seating available to come in an enjoy truly incredible chocolate drinks and coffee. Even a cacao juice cola is available! Super cool. Images Courtesy: woodblockchocolate.com

One of the neat things that separates Woodblock Chocolate from other specialty shops is its cafe. Indeed, there’s plenty of seating available to come in an enjoy truly incredible chocolate drinks and coffee. Even a cacao juice cola is available! Super cool. Images Courtesy: woodblockchocolate.com

 

Interesting Woodblock Chocolate Links

From the process of making chocolate, which is all done on-site at Woodblock. In fact, Woodblock Chocolate has quite the notoriety around PDX. Buzz giants Stumptown Coffee and Salt and Straw both utilize Woodblock Chocolate in some of their products. Check out the below links to learn more about Woodblock and their associated partners:

The process of making chocolate at Woodblock

Who Uses Woodblock Chocolate Products?

The Cafe at Woodblock Chocolate

News at Woodblock Chocolate






Dan Meyers