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.