What it Means to be a Rabble-Rouser


About Us

Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co. makes incredible chocolate with top-quality beans. We create Vermont granola and other handcrafted delights, as well. Our goods are distributed directly to food coops and independent grocers across Vermont and sold fresh at our two factory stores that feature the sweet aroma of free chocolate samples and toasty maple pistachio toffee. We, the workers, own the business and make the chocolate by hand and serve it with love. Here at Rabblerouser.net, find food to nourish yourself in this frenzied life. We believe the act of making a really nice treat, or serving it, or eating it, or giving it away, constitutes some of the simple medicine of being human. We invite you, our customers, to take a delicious bite, spread some love, cause some trouble and, for heaven's sake, lay down your guilt. 

The Dream
We aim to become an all worker-owned national urban chain with a local flair at each store, based on the owners' inspiration. In our Middlesex store, find local art and jewelry curated by rising owner Ryan Geary and his newly innovated Rabble-Rouser beeswax candle manufactory. In Montpelier, meet 13 new self-managing workers who collectively tend our AIAVT award-winning community space at all hours of the day, serving spirits, beer, wine, espresso, truffles, local cheeses, the performing arts, and a lime-green play apparatus for the kids. Looking for a good time? Check out our Montpelier events calendar

Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co. is a labor revolution in the shape of a cocoa bean. Originally crafting famously nut-packed Vermont granola under the name "Nutty Steph's" as a sole proprietorship, we have traversed a deep, community-oriented adventure through 15 years of growth, development, change, transformation and becoming. Through collaborative management practices and monthly all-company finance reviews, Nutty Steph's began to accelerate its successes with unique products like Magic Chunks, The Love Bar, Bernie Bar, maple pistachio toffee, and CBD dark chocolate. The business grew strong enough that founder Jaquelyn Fernandez Rieke sold it to the workers on April 1, 2019 to form a worker-owned cooperative, and the name became Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co. 

Cooperative Future
Immediately after "cooperatizing" in 2019, the tribe grew rapidly from 13 to 32. We opened a second location with a full cocktail bar, espresso service, CBD lounge, and stage. We tripled our production capacity and cordoned the founder to the tiny original Middlesex store where she will happily box up your truffles during her shop schedule, every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.—except when she ships off to develop the next location of Rabble-Rouser and spends six months rousing in your town. If you would like to open a Rabble-Rouser factory store, begin the hard work of building a revolution and let us know when you are ready for us to meet your local team.


 The original Rousers