THE SCOOP: Q&A with the Chocolate Hackers
It's was at our 5th anniversary event at Garrison Brewing on April 15 where we first met Cécile and Stan Mozoluk, the Chocolate Hackers. The duo had recently moved from France, bringing with them their youthful optimism and, more importantly, their passion for chocolate. Today, they produce a line of chocolates available at select retailers. But not just any old chocolates. No, they are doing artisanal in its truest form. Their idea was to take pure chocolate from Madagascar and combine it with fresh ingredients from Nova Scotia, and it would be an understatement to say that they have done so successfully.
What made you choose to move to Halifax this year?
Cécile: We chose the Maritimes for a number of reasons. We liked the access to nature, but also the food culture and the culture in general. Halifax was the choice of city because of its size and some of the amenities.
When did you guys get into chocolate?
Stan: Officially, two years ago, but we have been chocolate lovers forever, and became seriously interested about five years ago. This is when we began to travel to where the cocoa producers were. Shortly after, I went to school in France and got a chocolate-making degree.
Tell us about Chocolate Hackers.
Cécile: We are currently producing chocolates here in Halifax. We have a close partnership with a chocolate factory in Madagascar, where the cocoa is grown and processed into fine chocolate. We then work with ingredients found in Nova Scotia to pair with the aromatics of the chocolate we use.
What is your most popular chocolate?
Cécile: The best-selling chocolate right now is Petite Apple Dream. It starts with our grandma’s recipe for baking apples with honey, butter; kind of like a baked apple. It sounds unusual, but it actually pairs perfectly with the chocolate.
Obviously, everyone needs to get into your chocolate bars. Where can folks find them?
Stan: All four bars are currently available at Pete's Fine Foods, Ratinaud, Local Source Market, Organic Earth Market, Alderney Landing Farmers' Market and Avondale Sky Winery.