People don’t disagree with Jacqueline Jacek when she says that she has one of the best jobs in the world as a ‘Cocoanista’- a chocolate designer. The concept was created when she couldn’t decide whether to become a fashion designer or a chocolatier, so combined the two to create her dream job. Like fashion, JACEK launches seasonal collections to that are a treat to the eyes and the taste buds. In addition to using fine chocolate from France, JACEK has recently launched the Fabric Collection which is their inaugural bean-to-bar collection.
JACEK Chocolate Couture was started as a one woman show in late in 2009 in a basement in Sherwood Park, and now includes a production facility, three retail boutiques (Sherwood Park, downtown Edmonton and Canmore), an online store and a talented team of dynamo’s! In addition, JACEK has partnered with leading retailers who sell their line of chocolate bars and confections.
Although they are committed to innovation, artistry and sustainability, their quest is to spread joy through fine, fashionable chocolate.
Interested to know how chocolate is made? Check out the journey of a cocoa bean!
2011: Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America, Dessert Professional Magazine (New York), Don Neil Young Award for Entrepreneurship, Top 25 Things to Eat, Avenue Magazine
2014: Business of the Year Award, Sherwood Park Chamber of Commerce
2015: Business Leaders Award, Business in Edmonton Magazine, Global Woman of Vision, Global TV
2016: Best Chocolatier, Avenue Magazine Edmonton, Top 40 Under 40, Avenue Magazine Edmonton
2017: Best Chocolatier, Avenue Magazine Edmonton
All of her chocolate creations are non-traditional and, like fashion designs, are offered in limited six-piece collections that she launches seasonally, four times a year.
“…Each chocolate is a sculpted work of art; even looking at the photos makes my mouth water. Vibrantly coloured, high-gloss chocolate, enrobes mouth-watering centres of creamy, decadent flavour. The Velvet Milk Chocolate Mousse infused with cardamom is heaven, the Lemon Cheesecake is pure perfection – and if it were possible, they are almost too beautiful to eat.”
“You can grab a candy bar at any convenience store – but it’s so refreshing to find someone who takes pride in the craft of chocolate making…”
“A self-proclaimed “Cocoanista” Jacqueline Jacek shows where fashion and food converge in her seasonal chocolate collections…”