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A Brief History...


A Brief History

Chocolate has a long history dating back thousands of years to Central and South America. In most of its historical use, chocolate was a beverage consumed during ceremonies and celebrations, as well as for medicinal use. This form of chocolate was much different from what most of us think of today; it was a warm, unsweetened beverage containing coarsely ground cacao beans mixed with water.

After Spanish explorers were exposed to the magic of cacao beans in the 1600s, they brought the beans back to Europe, where this chocolate beverage slowly grew in popularity with the elite and wealthiest Europeans. 

During the early 1800s, the Dutch discovered a way to separate cocoa butter from the rest of the cacao bean to create a milder product, commonly known today as Dutch processed cocoa powder. This product helped pave the way for ready-to-eat chocolate bars.

Over the next 200 years, cacao beans became a worldwide commodity used in many different ways. Chocolate is now one of the top flavors in desserts of all kinds—cakes, cookies, ice cream, candy, and, of course, chocolate bars. And cocoa butter is used not only in chocolate, but also in luxury skin and hair care products.

During the American industrial era, food production was greatly streamlined, ushering in cheaper, milder-tasting, mass-produced chocolate. Unlike chocolate in its earlier incarnation, when much more of the cacao bean was present, today’s mass-marketed product needs only about 10% cacao beans and cocoa butter to be considered chocolate. Very similar to the coffee and beer industries of the time, cheaper ingredients and additives became the norm in chocolate available in stores and restaurants. Sadly, as the chocolate industry grew, the unique, robust, specialty flavor profiles inherent in cacao beans and other natural ingredients all but vanished.

At Loon Chocolate, we think differently! We want you to taste the subtle, savory, and sweet differences our chocolate offers and celebrate all types of chocolate from around the world—one bar at a time.

We hope you enjoy our small-batch chocolate made right here in New Hampshire! 


Scott and Jackson, owners of Loon Chocolate

Our Ingredients


Today, many people prefer limited-ingredient and organic products for a number of reasons:  

Organic farming is good for the           earth.                                                  

Organic food is non-GMO (genetically modified organisms).

Organic food is free of neurotoxins.

Organic food is free of pesticides, which is safer for area wildlife, local farmers, and consumers.

At Loon Chocolate, we work only with ethical traders who import cacao beans from small-farm organic growers and ship them to us fermented and raw. Our traders typically pay much more than market price for the beans, which results in a greater positive impact on small farmers who grow these beans in the Western Hemisphere.

After hand-sorting only the finest beans, we roast, shell, and stone-grind them for more than 72 hours, then blend them with organic turbinado sugar (a less-refined cane sugar) and a touch of organic cocoa butter.

Our Chocolates


At Loon Chocolate, we are very proud to offer you our premium selection of specialty chocolate bars and hope you embrace the diversity of each flavor. We continue to source exciting new products from around the globe, so keep checking back to see the variety we have in store for you!

March 22-24 2019 Made in New Hampshire Expo


March 30+31 2019

Spring Craft Festival

10am - 4pm

Shriners Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington, MA.

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March 30+31 2019

Spring Craft Festival

Over 150 Juried artisans from throughout New England will display and sell their American made works; including Pottery, Fine Art, Original Watercolors, Slate, Fine Jewelry, Tile, Wearable Art, Primitives, Folk Art, Intarsia, Soft Sculpture, Country Wood Crafts, Wind Chimes, Painted Stemware, Florals, Vintage Chic, Pewter, Leather, Candles, Mixed Media, Pillow Quilts, Basketry, Metal Sculpture, Garden Art, Custom Signs, Shell Craft, Decoupage,  Aroma-Therapy, Photography, Flags, Stained Glass, Fiber Art, Personal Care and more.

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10am - 4pm

Shriners Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington, MA.

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Downtown Manchester, New Hampshire