Arrowhead Chocolates Handmade small batch chocolates from Joseph, Oregon Fri, 16 Nov 2018 19:26:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Staff Spotlight: Bailey Smyth Mon, 28 May 2018 21:13:22 +0000 Bright, focused, quiet, and supportive – Bailey is a valued member of our staff. She consistently surprises us with her beautiful latte art and accomplishes tasks with unique speed. For over three years she has been a barista in the cafe, but she recently began assisting our head chocolatier in artisan chocolate-making.

We call her the “Queen of Clean” with good reason. Bailey is known for cleaning into the deepest corners of the shop. When we think there could not possibly be one more place to spruce up, she finds anything overlooked.

Check out what she has to say about her experience, here, in our interview with her:

How long have you been with Arrowhead?
3 years

Something about Arrowhead that inspires you:
I love that Arrowhead can be a relaxing place for people to enjoy an awesome drink or chocolate. Not only is the atmosphere enjoyable, but the people who work here make it fun, to be a customer as well as an employee.

A few personal hobbies you enjoy that make you unique:
I enjoy photography, horseback riding, and spending time with my wonderful fiancé. I also spend a lot of my time in volunteer work, where I share encouragement and hope from the bible.

What you have contributed to Arrowhead?
Throughout my time working here, I have tried to make the Arrowhead experience for customers enjoyable, in the service I provide and in the drinks I create. I love being able to make a drink for someone that they absolutely love. I also try to be a team player, and help the work experience be good for my fellow employees.

Your favorite drink and why:
There are so many drinks I love here, but one of my go-to’s is our London Fog. I love tea, and our earl grey with vanilla and cream is so good! It’s a cozy drink to warm you up on a cold winter day, or get it iced to refresh and cool you down during the hot summer season.

Tell us what you think about our staff in the comments below! Who would you like us to feature next? What kind of service have you come to expect from Arrowhead? We look forward to hearing from you!

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1859 Press Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:59 +0000 Here is some wonderful press from Oregon’s 1859 Magazine, featuring Arrowhead Chcolates and the wider Joseph region. 


A family business, Arrowhead Chocolates sold its first chocolate in 2010. Chocolatier and co-owner, Bruce Reininger, makes more than forty chocolate and filling combinations, hand-crafting over 100 pounds of chocolate per week.

Stumptown coffee-based drinks complement the chocolate and help make the business a success in the small town of Joseph, population 1,052. Order a mocha, and you’ll get to lick the spoon that was just dipped in the melted chocolate and drizzled into your drink.

Co-owner and former graphic designer, Erica Houck (Bruce’s daughter) designed the space, set in a historic downtown Joseph storefront. She wanted urban and rural people to feel comfortable— so she blended a rustic and modern aesthetic.

All baked goods (made by Bruce’s wife and co-owner, Wendy Reininger) and chocolates are produced in the small space behind the counter. Customers can see the entire process when they place their order.


No artificial ingredients are used in the chocolates. Reininger infuses teas and other natural ingredients using local spirits from Stein Distillery.The award-winning huckleberry truffle is made with Idaho fruit. The new Douglas fir-tip truffle is made from local needles picked during spring.

For the entire  article from 2015, click here

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The Remote Oregon Town to Try Next Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:55:49 +0000 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.

…Until recently, the town’s biggest claim to fame — beyond its significant Native American history — was a Swiss-made tram that is said to have the steepest vertical lift for a four-passenger gondola in North America. But the Wallowa Valley is now also home to unexpected businesses like Arrowhead Chocolates, which serves Stumptown Coffee and produces 40-some varieties of small-batch, Fair Trade Certified chocolates in regionally inspired flavors like huckleberry and blended whiskey.

Read the whole New York Times Travel article from Summer, 2017

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Explore the “Alps of the Northwest” Thu, 04 May 2017 20:59:31 +0000 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.

Snuggled against those ragged, Alp-like peaks, just over a two-hour drive east of Pendleton, the town of Joseph is squarely in American rodeo territory. All of which, on my first day there, reminded me of just how much unknown beautiful country lies within a day’s drive of Seattle. This is our backyard. Outdoor lovers are discovering the 17 peaks near the mountain town.

Read the whole Seattle Magazine article here. 

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Brand New Website! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:13:54 +0000 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.

Thank you!

The Arrowhead Team

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Arrowhead Chocolates Customer Appreciation Party! Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:22:49 +0000 arrowhead-chocolates-customer-appreciationCome 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!

Our Huckleberry Truffle is a Winner! Sun, 10 Feb 2013 20:59:21 +0000 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!

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How did you come up with that?! Sat, 07 Apr 2012 00:15:49 +0000 truffletray_hablime 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.