The story of Charlie's Chow is the story of one man's passion for food and family. Company founder, chef C.E. Cottman was a small child when he became obsessed with the (forbidden) homemade cheesecake that he often saw in the fridge while visiting his great "Uncle Charlie." Although he never actually got to taste his Uncle Charlie's legendary cheesecake, it sparked a culinary curiosity that would carry into his adulthood. He always searched for the perfect "canvas" that would showcase his creativity and training throughout his career. But it wasn't until a career move to the Midwest US that he was introduced to a local homemade snack that would change his life.
What's In A Name?
"Uncle Charlie" is actually Dr. Charles A. Carter, PhD,. A World War II Veteran, frontline infantry medic for the U.S. Army in Italy, and one of the infamous Buffalo Soldiers of WW II.
Dr. Charles A. Carter, PhD, went on to become a professor of psychology at Howard University and one of the first Black clinical psychologists in U.S. history. He was later chosen to head a number of National psychological and mental health agencies, including the Mental Health Administration of Washington, D.C., during the Kennedy administration.
“As a kid, my Great Aunt Thelma would make you any kind of cake you wanted, at any time. But we all knew, "Uncle Charlie’s" cheesecake was always off limits (especially to us kids).” says company Founder, Chef C.E. Cottman.
Dedicated to Top-Notch Snacks 🏆
Charlie's Chow officially launched in Fall 2020 with the intent to provide gourmet chocolate snacks for the whole family to enjoy. Focused on quality ingredients, we've made it our mission to go above and beyond to deliver the same level of snack excellence to each customer that we would for our very own family.
The Reason We Do What We Do!
Our #1 mission here at Uncle Charlie's Gourmet Snacks, is to give people that special feeling of homemade gourmet nostalgia in every bite. We're here to reimage and modernize your favorite classic snack foods, with premium ingredients and gourmet flavors.
Nowadays, Charlie's Chow is expanding to new markets thoughout the Midwestern US. With its unmistakeably sweet crunchy texture and unique gourmet flavors, more and more chocolate snack lovers from all over the WORLD are discovering their NEW go-to snack, Charlie's Chow.