Hello! My name is Mark Burrows and I founded Pollinator Chocolate in the mountains of Colorado in 2019.
Chocolate has always been a passion of mine. I've always been the guy who has a bar (or five) of chocolate on me at all times. Whether at home or on the road, I was always searching for my next delicious bar of craft chocolate.
I remember the first time I discovered a bar from Scharffen Berger, a small chocolate shop in San Francisco. This first experience with craft chocolate was a game changer. Suddenly I began to seek other companies that specialized in high-quality craft chocolate: Askinosie, Dandelion, Dick Taylor, to name a few. This new discovery not only drove me deeper into my chocolate obsession, but also inspired me to take the next step in my chocolate journey!
I began to buy my own beans from the Chocolate Alchemist and experiment at home, watching every video and reading every book I could find about chocolate making, makers, and techniques! I enrolled in Ecole Chocolate and completed every course that was available to me. Next, I joined FICA, the Fine Chocolate Industry Association) and attended all of their webinars—I loved learning from those who, just like me, were paving their own way in the chocolate industry.
Shortly thereafter, I made the exciting jump to my own bona-fide commercial space where I can create without restriction. From single origin to unique inclusion bars.
My Commitment To The World
When I started this business, I knew that I wanted to be as eco-conscious as possible. I am very pleased to say that all of my shipping materials and chocolate packaging are plastic free and fully recyclable, compostable, and/or reusable!
All of my chocolate is ethically sourced as I ensure that all of my beans come from importers that guarantee their farmers a living wage and do not employ any form of slave or child labor.