PLEASE READ: If you are shipping to a warm location we STRONGLY RECCOMMEND choosing no longer than 2-day shipping. Even with insulated packaging and ice packs, the chocolate is unlikely to keep from melting if in transit for a longer time. We are a tiny shop that makes everything fresh, and literally by hand. We may need to make some substitutions in order to fulfill orders quickly. Feel free to give us a call before ordering, to check on avaiability and to make sure that timely delivery is possible. Thanks for your support of our little business, which is transforming fair trade, organic chocolate & locally-sourced ingredients into wholesome & delicious confections that are handmade by individuals who are overcoming barriers and making new beginnings.

Our Story

A punny beginning...

Before he was a chocolatier, our founder Dale Anderson, worked as a counselor with young people in the court system for several years. Through this work it became clear that talk therapy—while helpful—was often not enough to overcome the many barriers that they faced. Dale wanted to find a better way to help them become successful members of society.

He considered starting a business to employ and train these youth on the job. After buying a box of fancy chocolates, he joked that maybe he should open a chocolate shop—and call it Confections with Convictions--a play on words that was soon to become a reality.

Dale spent three years studying and practicing the art of making fine chocolates and then put his construction skills to work renovating a building for his shop on Crosstown Parkway in Kalamazoo. Confections with Convictions has been serving the Kalamazoo community with handmade, artisanal chocolates since 2010. In 2023 Jennifer Fakettty joined Dale in managing the shop, bringing a passion for helping those in recovery as well. Stop by to see Dale and Jennifer’s inspiration put into action producing fine artisanal chocolates and fine citizens.