Jennifer in front of Piece, Love, and Chocolate in Boulder, CO.
Meet the Owner/Chocolatier
Jennifer is a graduate of the Ecole Chocolat Professional Chocolatier Program and completed an apprenticeship at East Van Roasters in Vancouver, Canada. In addition to owning Cocoa & Spice, Jennifer is a partner at the Crozet Artisan Depot in Downtown Crozet, VA.
Prior to her training as a Chocolatier, Jennifer attended Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA, earning a B.S. in Marketing and a M.S. in Instructional Technology. In July 2008, Jennifer relocated from Belleville, NJ to Charlottesville, VA to work for the Institute for Shipboard Education/Semester at Sea as the Assistant Director of Admissions and later as the Director of Program Administration & Student Affairs.
Jennifer left ISE in November 2013 to pursue her lifelong dream of operating her own business. She has worked in the hospitality industry for over 15 years in a variety of capacities and embraces the value of customer service and creating a warm, welcoming environment for customers. Jennifer began Cocoa & Spice to share her love of chocolate with others. She likes to utilize local ingredients whenever possible, but is always on the look out for fun, unique ingredients when traveling.
When not making chocolate, Jennifer volunteers with the Charlottesville Derby Dames as a bench manager. Her derby name is JenCocoa, and is affectionately called Cocoa by her teammates and members of the Charlottesville community. Cocoa also volunteers with First Descents - a non-profit for young adult cancer survivors.
Cocoa & Spice is a family owned chocolate business based in Downtown Charlottesville, VA. We specialize in handcrafted chocolates, confections, and drinking chocolate. All of our products are handmade to order in small batches. Visit our Products page to view our delicious selection and our Order page to place an order.