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About Chocolate Necessities

Our Vision

Dedicated to the highest standards, we source and use the best ingredients available and spend hours researching and experimenting with our process, always working towards perfection. At the end of the day, we’re not business people who manufacture chocolate; we’re chocolatiers who have made a lifelong commitment to quality, and the business is something along for the ride. 

The result is not just a treat but a total chocolate experience. 


We deeply value our connection to the community and the opportunity to gratefully serve generations of loyal customers. At Chocolate Necessities, we are proud to say that here you can taste the love.


Our History

Chocolate Necessities is one of the original artisan chocolate companies in the United States, founded in 1986 by Kevin Buck and Mark Pantly. The search for chocolate began with a trip to Canada where Kevin experienced Callebaut, the leading chocolate maker. This brought up compelling questions like, "Why can't we (in the US) have this amazing chocolate?" And, "How can I source only quality chocolate with no compromises?" Intrigue lead the way in learning how to ask the right questions. Many owners were not willing to share their hard earned information, but the right questions seemed vital to achieving the next level of industry insider truth. We have two locations and a chocolatier (Sarah) on staff as well as over 10 other employees. Over the years, Kevin has dedicated hours to researching and tasting chocolate from around the world.  The milk chocolate we use today has 43% cocoa solids and the semi-sweet chocolate has 54.5% cocoa solids.  Equally important to Kevin was the amount of the cocoa butter to ensure that the chocolate melts properly as only great chocolate does.  Kevin's attention to the ingredients has raised the bar for our customers again and again.


Our Team

Everyone at Chocolate Necessities is passionate about making the best chocolates possible. It is our utmost pleasure to share our love of chocolate with you! We have worked hard to create a respectful, trusting, positive environment that helps us produce superb products year after year.  Serving Bellingham, Washington, we welcome you to stop by both locations to see the operation first hand and to taste and learn more about the chocolate we have come to respect. We look forward to meeting you!