Ingredients harvested fresh in the morning often find their way into delicious confections by the afternoon.

When we say we’re local at St. Croix Chocolate Company, we mean that we have a strong connection to the environment, the plants and animals that share it, and the people who take care of it. While it’s not possible to grow chocolate outdoors in Minnesota, we take great care to source as many of our ingredients from quality producers right here in the St. Croix River Valley.

We get pure maple syrup from a family that has been tapping maple trees for generations — just ten miles from our shop in Marine on St. Croix. And Mike Mackiewicz at Bone Lake Meadows Apiary produces our favorite honey. He practices chemical-free bee keeping on organically farmed land, orchards, and CSA farms.

In the summer, our chocolatier, Robyn Dochterman, keeps her eyes on the wild raspberries, blackberries and grapes growing near by. When they are juicy and bursting ripe, she picks them herself, makes her own purees, and uses them in chocolate confections.