"Chocolate Pizza Co. expands to new location in Marcellus with record sales during holidays"  (read here)

Ellen Leahy pays Ryan Novak a visit in the new facility after his company enjoys its best holiday season ever. One small update on the article ... we don't get our chocolate from Sweden :) 



 SUNNY 102 Radio gets ready for Valentine's Day


 Ryan Novak talks leadership with the Syracuse Post-Standard

Stan Linhorst sits down with Chocolate Pizza Company owner Ryan Novak to talk about what it takes to be successful and what he's learned growing the business into a national brand.



Chocolate Pizza Company Growing Nationally

News Channel 9 (Syracuse)


Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management names Ryan Novak, Entrepreneur of the Month

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Whitman School of Management Featured Entrepreneur


Lisa Spitz of Today in Central New York visits Chocolate Pizza Company



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Visit Upstate New York Tourism Magazine

Looking to learn more about Chocolate Pizza Company, look no further than this great article in one of the best trade publications promoting Upstate New York.


Gourmet News Ad

Chocolate Pizza Company has a beautiful full page ad in the May issue of Gourmet News, their special Sweets & Snacks Expo edition. The company is exhibiting at the Expo May 19-22 at McCormick Center in Chicago where our gourmet chocolate specialties will be available for the more than 10,000 buyers and visitors that transit that Show annually. Booth #1991 is where you will find Ryan and his team, offering samples, displaying product and meeting with new and old customers. 



Christian Science Monitor 

Food blogger Sue Lau wrote a piece for the Christian Science Monitor (4.23.15), titled "Peanut Butter Wingdings" that notes her discovery of Chocolate Pizza Company's famous Peanut Butter Wings. She writes, "Not long ago I came across these gorgeous little chocolate covered peanut butter chips by the Chocolate Pizza Company. They are outrageously good!"

Sue goes on to chronicle her best attempt at recreating this taste masterpiece in her kitchen. While we are sure that her homegrown culinary quest was noteworthy, we also know there is no substituion for the real thing! Still, they say imitation is the highest form of flattery so we're flattered Sue gave Chocolate Pizza Company a shout-out to the world.

You can read her piece by clicking here: Peanut Butter Wingdings


Skaneateles Journal Article


"Made that Work" is the title of a piece in the Skaneateles Journal covering Chocolate Pizza Company owner, Ryan Novak, and the success he's had growing the business. Jonathan Monfiletto writes the article that includes coverage of Chocolate Pizza Company's upcoming expansion to a production and retail facility of their own later this summer. Novak highlights how it has been a long arduous journey to grow the business but that with a great team and persistence it is worth every step.

There is one small correction needed in the article that might confuse readers. The author said the company had experienced "4 percent" growth under Novak. That's not accurate. Novak has grown sales 300% since 2010 versus average retail sales growth nationwide of 4 percent. 

You can read the article by clicking here.


Chicago, Here We Come!

Chocolate Pizza Company will be exhibiting at the largest tradeshow of its kind in the country, Sweets & Snacks Expo, May 19-21 at McCormick Center in Chicago. Over 15,000 attendees from across the country and around the world come to the Show annually to meet with 650 exhibitors and Chocolate Pizza will be there to greet them all. This is the premier tradeshow for all things sweet and a virtual Who's Who List of buyers makes it an unmatched opportunity to pitch retailers of all sizes.

Sample our best-selling gourmet chocolate specialties, see our everyday line and holiday favorites. We are in Booth #1991.



Chocolate Pizza Showing Up In More Places

When you are out this holiday season chances are good you will come across some of Chocolate Pizza Company's best-selling products. That's because, Chocolate Pizza Company has expanded the number of retailers who carry the popular gourmet chocolate. 

Bass Pro Shops, Hallmark, Field & Stream (Dick's Sporting Goods), Kinney Drugs, Nice N Easy, Lori's Gifts are just some of the major retailers who have Chocolate Pizza Company products on their shelves. It's another strong signal that the Chocolate Pizza Company brand is growing.

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Chocolate Pizza Company takes its talent to Philadelphia

Booth #742 was the place to be recently at the Philadelphia Gift Show where Chocolate Pizza Company made quite an impression on buyers from across the country. This national tradeshow attracts buyers from businesses large and small who come to see, sample and order from nearly 1,000 vendors. This was Chocolate Pizza Company's first time at the show but word quickly spread among the buyers that you had to stop by and taste the best gourmet chocolate there. Ryan and Christie opened the show with Jeannette and Kathleen taking it through all 4 days. Thank you to all the new customers who added Chocolate Pizza to their lineup!

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Peanut Butter Sparklers Now At Syracuse area Kinney Drugs and at Nice N Easy Stores

One of Chocolate Pizza Company's fastest-selling treats is popping up all over Central New York. Peanut Butter Sparklers - 8 inch salted pretzel rod covered in creamy peanut butter dipped in milk chocolate and sprinkled with peanut butter candies and baking chips - can now be found at area Kinney Drug stores and Nice N Easy convenience stores. Look for them the next time you visit these great neighborhood retailers.



Chocolate Pizza Company now found on reached out to Chocolate Pizza Company recently and asked if we would consider listing many of our products on their popular website. They call it their "Recruited Vendor" program and it is Amazon's way of identifying companies and products that can fill a need in a particular category. We were glad to respond and customers can now find many Chocolate Pizza favorites by going to and typing in "chocolate pizza". It's just another way to find chocolate specialties that are unique, delicious and impressive.


PRESS RELEASE: From Dishwasher to CEO - an Inspired Journey




Ryan Novak publishes an article in is one of the country's leading business publications with over 6 million unique visitors each month. Ryan Novak's article, "Because Life Isn't Easy: 4 Secrets of Success Amid Adversity" appeared May 5, 2014. Read the entire article here:



Ryan Novak speaks at Syracuse University

There is a program at Syracuse University that helps veterans learn about entrepreneurship and business. This Entrepreneurs Boot Camp was the stage for a presentation by Chocolate Pizza Company owner, Ryan Novak.



"Larry's Look" Comes to Chocolate Pizza Company in NC

WCNC (NBC) in Charlotte, NC brought their cameras to Cornelius recently to tape a segment of "Larry's Look". Click on the link!


Ryan Novak featured in Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management Alumni Magazine  (Spring 2013, pg 46)


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Peanut Butter Sparklers are popping up everywhere! Hundreds of retailers are adding jars of this new Chocolate Pizza Company treat to their checkout counters. Also, jars of our Chocolate dipped Pretzel Rods make it a Chocolate Pizza Company one-two punch on tasty favorites.

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To add these chocolate specialties to your retail line-up, contact us at

Many Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes in Central New York will start carrying Chocolate Pizza Company's Peanut Butter Sparklers and Chocolate dipped Pretzel Rods beginning the week of March 10th! So when you are out and about and need that taste of chocolate awesomeness -- find the nearest Nice N Easy or check the map below:

View Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes in a full screen map


Lori's Hospital Gift Shops is one of the country's premier networks of gift boutiques. Located in hundreds of the nation's best hospitals and healthcare facilities, many of the Lori's Hospital Gift Shops are now carrying two of Chocolate Pizza Company's favorite treats - Peanut Butter Sparklers and Chocolate dipped Pretzel Rods. Stop in and treat yourself. Click on the map to find a location near you.


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Time Warner Cable News stops by Chocolate Pizza Company in Marcellus to talk with owner, Ryan Novak, about record business this Valentine's Day (Feb 14, 2014).


Ryan Novak, owner of Chocolate Pizza Company, is featured in a cover story by Eric Lyons for Syracuse New Times (Feb. 4, 2014).



Michelle Street is featured in a nice article published in "Cornelius Today" about her North Carolina store! 



Christie Novak dives into the icy waters of the Seneca River for charity at the 2014 Big Chill event in Baldwinsville.


photo Syracuse Post-Standard, 1-26-14


Lake Norman Currents, a magazine covering the resort area north of Charlotte, North Carolina, selected Chocolate Pizza Company's new store as one of 3 area businesses to get to know in 2014. Excellent article featuring proprietor, Michelle Street, starts on page 24 (click here).


Syracuse Post Standard reports on Chocolate Pizza Company growth in 2013 (Dec 23, 2013)

Read article here


Syracuse Woman Magazine Names Chocolate Pizza Company a "Fabulous Find"


The July issue of Syracuse Woman Magazine highlighted Chocolate Pizza Company in a 2-page piece, "Fab Find". The magazine highlighted several Chocolate Pizza Company favorites including Chocolate Pizza Slices, Peanut Butter Wings, Almond Bark, Chocolate Covered Oreos® and more.

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Chocolate Pizza Company named a Finalist in "Best of the East"

Cincy Magazine named Chocolate Pizza Company a finalist in the highly competitve Best Dessert category of its "Best of the East" competition. As 1 of 3 finalist, Chocolate Pizza Company earned an invitation to the celebration gala on July 18th. Voting was by the magazine's readership and general public.

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NewsChannel 9 Visits Chocolate Pizza

Covering the impact of Syracuse University's Final Four appearance on local businesses, ABC's NewsChannel 9 dropped into the Marcellus Chocolate Pizza store.


Gift Beat Magazine's Editor's Pick for April 2013

Check out the "Editor's Pick" in the April 2013 issue of Gift Beat magazine. This is the publication that has the pulse of the retail gift industry and they selected Chocolate Pizza Company for recognition. Click on the logo:



Chocolate Pizza represents excellence on Capital Hill

United States Congressman Steve Israel recently gave former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi a Chocolate Pizza to tout the state's culinary excellence. The Chocolate Pizza pictured in the story is one of our Campfire Pizzas - marshmallow and graham crackers blended with our rich milk chocolate! Click on the logo below to read the story in The New York Observer:



Chocolate Pizza and the Jungle!


The Grand Opening of Chocolate Pizza's Cincinnati store earned more ink recently with this nice article from the Chamber of Commerce.,-2013,-Chocolate-Pizza-Company.aspx#.UTiRGxXnbIU


Grand Opening Friday, March 1st, 12 noon

Chocolate Pizza Company's new store in Cincinnati, Ohio opens Friday with ribbon cutting ceromony at 12 noon. There will be plenty of samples and excitement! Located in the entry atrium of Jungle Jim's Eastgate market the 1200 sqft Chocolate Pizza Company store features our classic confections. Meet general manager, Rob Taylor, and assistant general manager, Cole Novak, along with Chocolate Pizza Company owner, Ryan Novak, and local VIPs.  

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It's Official - Chocolate Pizza Company is going to the "Jungle"

Chocolate Pizza Company is proud to announce that we are opening a NEW store inside Jungle Jim's Eastgate location in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 1st!

Jungle Jim's has been described as a theme park of food with much more than a grocery store, it's a destination! Jungle Jim's boasts more than 300,000 square feet of shopping, with more than 150,000 unique items and attracts an average of more than 10,000 "foodies" each day!

Our unique, delicious, impressive gourmet chocolate treats have found an ideal home as we go national with our Chocolate Pizza brand. The store is 1,200 square feet located in the entry atrium to Jungle Jim's and is simply beautiful in design. It even has a touch of Central New York as we had Dave Fleszar, a master craftsman from Manlius, build over 80 feet of base cabinets for the new store.

We hope you'll follow along on this journey with us - we'll be sharing photos, stories and experiences as we prepare for the Grand Opening on Friday, March 1st. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the most up to date information. Thank you for sharing our love of Chocolate Pizza - we couldn't grow without your support!

If you are interested in joining the Chocolate Pizza Company team, then email a resume to or stop by our Marcellus store.

NewsChannel 9 story

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 Syracuse Woman Magazine (Jan 2013, pg 17)

Chocolate Pizza Company received a nice mention from Syracuse Woman Magazine prompting readers to add the local business to their shopping plans because of the unique and delicious treats the company offers.

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Training Magazine and Chocolate Pizza - Training just got sweeter



CPC Buy Local Bash: “Do Something Sweet For Your Community This Holiday Season”

See Ryan on Channel 9's "Bridge Street"
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November, as proclaimed by Mayor Stephanie Miner and County Executive Joanie Mahoney, is “Buy Local Month” in Central New York. Chocolate Pizza Company believes in giving back to the communities who have helped us grow! We have partnered with the Syracuse Rescue Mission, Syracuse First, CenterState CEO and the 'Cuse Cash Mob to put on a fantastic event for a wonderful organization in our community. 
This "Buy Local" event will be held at both the Manlius and Marcellus locations of Chocolate Pizza Company on Saturday, November 17th. We will donate 10% of both stores all-day receipts to the Syracuse Rescue Mission as our way of saying "Thank you"! 
We’d like all of our friends in the Central New York community to show up between 11am - 2pm, but please keep in mind no matter what time you make your purchase, Chocolate Pizza Company will share the “Buy Local” love with the Rescue Mission! What a *sweet* opportunity to purchase all of your holiday treats while supporting a wonderful local charity!
UPDATE:  Great news! Christie Casciano (NewsChannel 9) will be at the Chocolate Pizza Company in Manlius from 11:00AM - 2:00 PM on Nov. 17th to meet and greet everyone who stops in. She will also have copies of her wonderful children's book 'The Puck Hog' available to sign!
When: Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM 
Where: Chocolate Pizza Company; Manlius 8188 Cazenovia Road (Route 92 & Pompey Center Rd) and Marcellus 60 E. Main St.
Why: A chance to purchase your favorite chocolates for the holidays for a very sweet cause!
For more information, check out our Facebook page:
We look forward to seeing you there! 


Chocolate for Veterans Make it a Sweet Holiday

Nov. 12, 2012

Veterans and staff at the Syracuse VA Hospital had a little sweeter Veteran's Day as Ryan Novak, owner of Chocolate Pizza Company, brought chocolate to them Monday afternoon. "We wanted to say 'thank you' to those who had served our country and to the wonderful healthcare professionals who serve our local vets," Ryan said, "It was an honor to shake hands and thank them for the freedom we enjoy."

In all, Ryan visited with about 60 veterans and dozens of staff, sharing with them some special chocolate pizzas that the company did for them. Veterans who stopped into the Marcellus or Manlius stores this week received a free gift and active duty or retired military always receive 10% off their in-store purchases.

"We will be doing other things throughout the year to recognize our servicemen and women," Ryan said, "but this was a great start."


Ryan Novak named to Syracuse's "40 Under Forty" List in 2012

40 Under Forty recognizes 40 ambitious, hard-working, civic-minded individuals, who are 39 and under. These individuals have excelled in the workplace and in the community. This group demonstrates diverse backgrounds, experiences and skills; they thrive on active community involvement and appreciate the importance of their role in advancing public good.


Chocolate Pizza Company and New York Wineries - a Perfect Match

New York State makes some of the best wines in the country and now many of the top vineyards are offering some of the best chocolate in the country! Chocolate Pizza Company is proud to partner with more than 30 New York wineries to offer some of our best-selling specialties beginning in May. Look for us on your next visit to your favorite New York vineyard.


Chocolate Pizza Company Goes Coast to Coast

There are BIG things happening at Chocolate Pizza Company. Our delicious Chocolate Covered Oreos® are now going to be featured in 250 hospital gift shops in 33 states from Hawaii to Florida as part of the nationwide network of Lori's Hospital Gift Shops! We are proud to have our chocolates brightening the day of thousands of staff and visitors at some of the best healthcare facilities in the country.


Celebrate Orange Hoops with Chocolate Pizza

The Syracuse Post Standard gave a shout-out to Chocolate Pizza Company and their March Madness partnership with the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation.  Limited edition basketball designed chocolate pizzas are being sold for $21.95 with $10 being donated to the JJB Foundation. It's the tastiest way to help a great cause.


Buffalo News story recommends a stop at Chocolate Pizza Company

Check out this story that was published in the Buffalo News (3-18-12) about stops worth making on day trips from Buffalo.  Towards the end of the piece is a nice write-up on Chocolate Pizza Company!


Chocolate Pizza Company partners with Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation to Sweeten March Madness

YNN (NewsChannel 10) in Syracuse visited Chocolate Pizza Company to cover its involvement in raising money for the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation during March Madness.  The Foundation does outstanding work in the local community helping kids in need and supporting cancer research. Chocolate Pizza created a special,limited edition basketball design chocolate pizza in Syracuse University colors and with the Foundation's logo. The 14 oz custom chocolate pizzas cost $21.95 with $10 of that purchase price going to the Foundation. Order for your office, friends or family today!



Zabar's in New York City Loves Chocolate Pizza!

Check out this link to a blog posting for Zabar's in NYC. Zabar's is one of the many places across the country where Chocolate Pizza Company products are sold. They love the "pizza and wings"!


Marcellus Retail Store Moves 2 Doors Down!

With sales up more than 30% in 2011, Chocolate Pizza Company needed to expand its kitchen. The answer was to lease the entire first floor of the McClurg Building in Marcellus and move the retail shop to a beautiful new space at the end of the building. Read more by clicking the link above.


Ken and Kevin's Roadtrip visits Chocolate Pizza Company

August 12

Laughter was frequent and hearty at the Chocolate Pizza Company store in Marcellus, NY when Ken and Kevin stopped to sample the sweets. The famous pair enjoyed it all but settled on the Peanut Butter Wings as their favorite. Read more:




Chocolate Pizza Company Owner Speaks at Syracuse University

Ryan Novak spoke recently at a forum on entrepreneurship at Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management attended by more than 300 students. Ryan's experience translating his SU education into leadership of one of the region's most successful small businesses helped to connect students with the real-world applications of their curriculum. Ryan has spoken several times at University events and welcomes opportunities to share his story and insights.


Chocolate Pizza Goes Well With Orange!

The Carrier Dome on the campus of Syracuse University is known for excitement and good times. Look for Chocolate Pizza Company's delicious confections at sporting and special events throughout the year.  As a recent graduate of SU's Whitman School of Management, we are proud to back with the Orange!  


You May Have Seen Us In New Places

Chocolate Pizza Company is a growing regional and national brand. We are proud to have our products offered by a select group of fine retail establishments including gift shops, wineries, florists, gourmet markets, spas, boutiques and more. From New York City to Boston to Buffalo and Binghamton, Chocolate Pizza is being enjoyed by countless new customers.  Click the Wholesale link on our homepage to see a list of businesses that carry some of our best-selling specialties.  

More great locations are on the way!  If you would like to offer Chocolate Pizza Company products, contact us.


Remembering John Hanyak

The Chocolate Pizza Company family and staff mourn the passing of John Hanyak on May 31st. John is the spouse of company founder, Bonnie Hanyak. He was a loving family man, talented real estate professional and was admired by so many in our community. He was a friend and such a big supporter of Bonnie's decision to sell Chocolate Pizza Company last summer to Ryan. He will be missed greatly. Our heartfelt condolences to Bonnie and their entire family.


John, Ryan and Bonnie (July 9, 2010) after transfering ownership of the Chocolate Pizza Company.


Bus Tours Roll In

Chocolate Pizza Company welcomed hundreds of out-of-town visitors in April and May as Onondaga Tours made the Marcellus store a stop for groups from Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Travelers were treated to scoops of Chocolate Pizza Company's famous Italian-style Gelato and shopped the main retail store.  Feedback from the travelers and the coach line has been fantastic and more bus tours are being scheduled for the summer.


Ryan Novak and Chocolate Pizza Company featured on ABC News

The cameras of ABC News followed Ryan Novak, owner of the Chocolate Pizza Company, for more than a week to capture what it was like for the young entrepreneur balancing a full time schedule at Syracuse University with the demands of owning a thriving chocolate business.  The result was a feature piece titled, "From Student to CEO," that first aired nationally on December 10th.  Marlei Martinez produced the piece for ABC News.



Click on photo above to view the ABC News feature


Chocolate Pizza Company Goes South for Holiday Around the Ranch Event


Tim Novak shares the Chocolate Pizza story with holiday shoppers

Ryan Novak is taking Chocolate Pizza Company south to Florida - or at least for an evening!  The Chocolate Pizza Company will be one of the prime vendors at the Holiday Around the Ranch event in Bradenton, Florida on December 10th from 6-9 PM.  This is a huge annual event that attracts more than 5,000 people as the kick-off to the Christmas season for families in the Sarasota-Bradenton area.  Chocolate Pizza Company will feature a bountiful display of its best-selling chocolates from under a large white tent on Lakewood Ranch's Main Street Shopping Plaza.  The Chocolate Pizza team will also have brochures, information and our Food Network clip playing so the word gets out about our great products!  Spreading the holiday cheer through chocolate even as far south as Florida - exciting stuff!


Chocolate Pizza Company at Syracuse Wine & Chocolate Festival

It is the 5th Annual Syracuse Wine & Chocolate Festival and Ryan Novak, owner of the ChocolatePizza Company, is pleased to announce that his team will be there!  This marks the first appearance of Chocolate Pizza Company at this area event but there is a lot of excitement over being part of it.  The event is held at the Fair Grounds on Saturday, November 27th from 3 to 9 PM.  Our team will be sampling and offering for sale many of our chocolate favorites including our famous chocolate pizza and wings.



Author Julie Pech, founder Bonnie Hanyak and owner Ryan Novak enjoy a moment after Pech's visit to The Chocolate Pizza Company.

"Chocolate Therapist" Visits Chocolate Pizza Company

Sept. 25, 2010, Marcellus, NY

Julie Pech, author of "The Chocolate Therapist" and a national speaker visited with patrons at the Chocolate Pizza Company in Marcellus, NY recently.  She shared stories and insights on the health benefits of chocolate from her newly released updated version of "The Chocolate Therapist" and took questions from a very interested audience.  Pech, who makes her home in Denver, Colorado, enjoyed chocolate specialties from the Chocolate Pizza Company (peanut butter wings were her favorite!).  Her new book is available at the company's Marcellus store and their new location in Manlius. 


Seeing double: Marcellus chocolate company to open second store in Manlius

Ned Campbell 09/22/10, Eagle Observer

Ryan Novak, 21, came on as owner of the Chocolate Pizza Company in July, after working under Bonnie Hanyak, the store's founder, since age 15.  Novak, a student at Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management, had ambitious plans for the company from day one.  He plans to open a second chocolate shop in Manlius by the end of the month, with a grand opening scheduled for October 1.

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The candy man can: SU senior turns lifelong hobby into sweet profession

Aaron Gould 09/09/10, Syracuse University's Daily Orange

Few things have remained constant in Ryan Novak's life.  Chocolate happens to be one of them.

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A kid in a candy store: Ryan Novak, 21, purchases innovative chocolate company

Ned Campbell 07/20/10, Eagle Observer

Six years ago when Ryan Novak told Bonnie Hanyak, founder of The Chocolate Pizza Company in Marcellus, that he would one day own her store, he was only half kidding.

He was 15 at the time, and first starting as an employee. Now, as a 21-year-old with one semester left at Syracuse University, he’s the bona fide owner of the unique chocolate shop once featured on Food Network's hit show “Unwrapped.”

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