Our Story

Chris Volz and Andrea Howard-Volz bought the Tightrope Chocolate Company from the founder of Wild Hare Cider Company of Bluemont, Virginia. The chocolate company was formed as a bean to bar, original source chocolate makers, taking cacao beans grown in the tropics and turning them lovingly into delicious dark rich chocolate.  We love the idea of pure ingredients of only cacao and sugar, so we rebranded the company, Veritas. Because we produce our chocolate as a form of art, and chocolate is a state of zen, we included Artizen in the name. We are Veritas Artizen Chocolate.

We live in Loudoun County, Virginia, Chris works for the county and Andrea has been a Loudoun business owner for 10 years. We are proud to be a local, Loudoun County business, serving the people, businesses, and wineries of our county and Northern Virginia.

Why Veritas?

Veritas means truth in Latin. That is our inspiration for creating a delicious chocolate with only pure and true ingredients. It's also our commitment to only use cacao from Fair/Direct Trade farms so we can track the source of the ingredients we buy to ensure quality, sustainability, and equity for the producers.

Craft means we treat the process and the product like the art form it is, hand creating each step of the way.

Artizen is our way of acknowledging the artistry of our work, with the zen of joy chocolate brings to the world.

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