Portland’s own Woodblock Chocolate is the fortunate result of years of rigorous artistic endeavors by wife and husband team Jessica and Charley Wheelock. We met doing antique restoration and both had an affinity for the intriguing potential of a raw material: wood (that’s where the Woodblock comes from). Single source chocolate was intriguing too. The more we learned about chocolate, the more we understood how everything we had done led to this. Was it a calling? For us, making chocolate from the bean was more like realizing a dream that we didn’t even know we had!
Since 2010 when Woodblock Chocolate began, we’ve gone from making chocolate in our Portland kitchen, to our first small manufactory in SE, to our splendiferous and comfy Manufactory/Café in the heart of Portland’s historically beautiful Irvington-Broadway district. We are grateful for the encouragement and acceptance: without Portland’s love for creative expression, food, design and entrepreneurism we wouldn't be where we are.
We like to think every part of our humble and joyful experience comes through in our chocolate. We visited farms from Hawaii to Peru, researched and roasted, delved into the history and philosophy of cacao, made mistakes and happy accidents, grew, developed, collaborated and now have what we believe is delicious heartfelt chocolate worthy of our journey, made from two ingredients: cacao and pure cane sugar. We are genuinely proud to share what we have learned with you.