McGuire Chocolate is a bean to bar chocolate maker with a focus on preparing a simple and high quality product from the inside out.
Mark stumbled across cacao beans while backpacking around Central America. While eating these beans as a healthy, lightweight snack he couldn't help but wonder how did this turn into chocolate?
After some attempts to make chocolate on his travels, [roasting cacao over a fire, peeling beans by hand and putting them through a meat grinder] Mark returned to Calgary with a suitcase full of cacao looking for a chocolate maker to learn from.
He quickly realized there were a lot of people working with chocolate but not many making chocolate from the cacao bean.
Now, we have been making chocolate for over six years and we continue to evolve our products and hone our craft.
Our passion for chocolate grew in Calgary, but we are now located in beautiful St Andrews-by-the-Sea where we have scaled our chocolate making operations. We have a café storefront on Water Street where we also make ice cream, bread, and baked goods using our bean to bar chocolate.
We wanted a business we could integrate with our family life. We live above the store and this allows for a short commute and increased quality time with our family.