100% Love + Equal Parts OCD
Batch chocolate is the lovechild of artists Tamara LaValla + Zan Maddox
As lifelong artists, everything influences — and is an expression of — our making.
While art and chocolate may seem an unexpected pairing, both require curiosity, ingenuity, tenacity and craft. We believe in full, extraordinary lives that extend beyond a traditional art career and enjoy the collaboration between our studios and kitchen.
BUT WHY CHOCOLATE?
To satisfy our collective sweet tooth (tooths? teeth?), we embraced the challenge of making healthy desserts from scratch. One day, after making a batch of dark chocolate almond butter cups (with store-bought chips) we wondered, “Where does chocolate come from?” Uncertain, we took to the internet and discovered that, similar to coffee and craft beer before it, we were in the midst of a chocolate renaissance! Eager to learn more about what we put in (and on) our bodies, we began to visit makers around the world. Soon enough, we were obsessed with the idea of learning to make chocolate for ourselves.
and the rest is history...
We made our first batch of bean-to-bar chocolate in early 2014 and are currently one of only two bean-to-bar makers in South Carolina. Inspired by this new generation of artisans, our passionately crafted small batch chocolate includes only natural ingredients and the best direct trade cacao in the world. We roast, refine and age each micro batch from our home-based kitchen then sign and number every bar.
We release 2 batches per year plus an occasional collaborative edition. Once an edition sells out, it is gone for good.
Our happy place is making chocolate that we want to devour. Once we select our cacao beans, we then choose inclusions (if any) that complement or highlight the natural flavors found in the cacao. We often explore new regions of the world for inspiration but it’s also very important for us to partner with local makers. Releases have proudly featured collaborations with:
how can i buy / sell your chocolate?
Our inventory (both art and bars) is limited but we’re all about sharing some Batch love with
savvy retailers that enjoy our work. Please hit us up if you are interested in carrying our products.
In the meantime, visit our favorite Charlotte shops to buy your bars:
WHAT ARE MY SHIPPING OPTIONS?
Orders are shipped via USPS First Class or Priority Mail and take 2–3 days. Cost depends on the weight and destination of your order. To determine cost, simply add an item to your cart and shipping will be calculated prior to check out.
DO YOU SHIP CHOCOLATE WHEN IT’S HOT?
During warmer months, or to warm climates, we recommend the “HOT! HOT! HOT!” shipping option at checkout. To help minimize melting, bars will be packed with reusable, recyclable gel packs and a naturally compostable insulation layer. Please note, temperature fluctuations can still cause the chocolate to bloom resulting in a cloudy surface and slightly altered texture. While the bars may not retain their smooth, shiny finish, the chocolate is still safe to eat. Simply let the bars return to room temperature and enjoy!
Everything, all at once, forever more.