Daren Hayes
Raw chocolate alchemist

Daren has a passion for raw chocolate born out of experiencing the beneficial effects in his own life! He is a graduate of the Oregon Culinary Institute and is a self taught chocolate maker.


Stirs the SOUL is based in Portland, Oregon and you can find our chocolate in food coops and health food stores throughout the country. We're committed to conscious awareness and our chocolate is always fairly traded, organic, sustainable, raw and of high quality.

Here at Stirs the Soul we stone-grind 100% un-roasted criollo & trinitario cacao into a paste called "cacao liquor" which we than combine with the finest ingredients. Then comes the alchemy: delicately tempering the chocolate to create a shiny, snappy, melt–in–your mouth RAW! chocolate experience.

Our chocolate tastes sinful and decadent without the stigma associated with ordinary chocolate. Proprietary techniques are employed to coax out the best flavor and aroma as an alternative to commercial roasting. Stone-ground in small batches it is kept under 111ºF and minimally processed to preserve the numerous nutrients and the health benefits of cacao. Being one of the few facilities that are nut, tree-nut(except coconut), soy, gluten, egg and dairy free our chocolate is suitable for vegans and people with allergies.