Hours in any direction from the nearest decent-size city, Wallowa County, Ore., is remote even by the standards of the rural Northwest. To get there, my husband, our daughter and I drove along the straw-colored cliffs of the Columbia River, through Pendleton, home of the sturdy woolen blanket, and La Grande, a college town with a quiet core, before climbing onto dry high desert plateaus, winding along wild rivers, passing through pine forests and descending again into a valley of cattle and wheat.Continue Reading →
Ambling up the historic main drag in Joseph, Oregon, surrounded by the steep, snow-capped Wallowa Mountains and nursing a mean mocha from Arrowhead Chocolates, I wouldn’t have thought it odd if a passerby had greeted me in German or French.Continue Reading →
We’ve updated our site to do all sorts of excellent things! We’re happy to report that you can now easily view and order from our site on your smartphone or tablet, you can make a custom order online using our Make Your Own Box feature, and you can read all about us, view our products, order online, and do all the things you used to be able to do (and more) in a lovely new format with the added benefits of website design technology circa 2016. Please peruse our new site and let us know what you think! We would love to hear what’s working, what’s not, and any feedback you have for us will be greatly appreciated.
The Arrowhead Team
Come join us Saturday, January 18th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM for an evening of good times, decadent treats and jubilation! Make sure to drop by the shop over the week to submit your name for the fabulous prize drawing which will take place at the party. See you there!
We’re thrilled to announce that our huckleberry truffle has won the 2013 Good Food Awards. What a big honor for us, and we are proud of everyone who helped it happen. We appreciate our staff and our community here in Wallowa County for the part they played in helping us to develop this exceedingly tasty truffle!
We do quite a bit of innovation here—we’re constantly trying new combinations of ingredients and creating new techniques. And you’ve noticed! Many of you have asked us where our inspiration comes from…
Our inspiration comes from many different sources.
Sometimes one of us has a favorite flavor or is curious about something, so we decide to go for it. Or we come across an irresistible ingredient—“oh my, look at this Lime Fresco Sea Salt—what could we do with it??” And the experimenting begins.
An example is the development of our Lime-Habanero Caramel. We found some interesting salts, and the Lime Fresco and Habanero ones really caught our fancy. That made us want to work with our already terrific Caramel recipe to add a lime component to it—so we stocked up on limes and chipotle, and played with the recipe. It didn’t go quite the way we’d planned, but it evolved into something good, then on to a dynamite new caramel flavor.
Our customers bring us great ideas and interesting ingredients, too. “I just happened to pick this big batch of serviceberries, and I was thinking how good they would be in a truffle—here you go!” And there we go.
We also read about chocolate almost as obsessively as we make chocolate, so we learn about what other people are doing or we see something that we want to do Our Way.
Another great avenue of inspiration is the occasional mistake. OH boy, all this experimenting does lead to some things we’d rather not ever see again. But first, before it goes away forever, we think—what could we do to “save” this? We’ve made some great discoveries this way—we’ve learned some fantastic techniques through trial and error that we then take to our other tried and true recipes to make them better.
We love what we do, and we are passionate about making the flavors of each piece of chocolate clear and true. We use natural ingredients and infusions to create our flavors and we are continually making them better with each batch. Every chocolate we make has a story behind it, and many a customer and each of us working in the shop is adding their own ideas and inspiration to what we do.