Our Handmade Chocolate
We've partnered with Callebaut who make quality traceable Belgian chocolate, for our Handmade Belgian Chocolate bars.
Belgium and its chocolate history
Belgium's association with chocolate goes back as far as 1635, when the country was under Spanish occupation shortly after chocolate had been brought to Europe from Mesoamerica. By the mid-18th century, chocolate had become extremely popular in upper and middle class circles, particularly in the form of hot chocolate. Among them was Charles-Alexander of Lorraine, the Austrian governor of the territory. From the early 20th century, the country was able to import large quantities of cocoa from its African colony, the Belgian Congo. Contrary to popular belief, however, Belgium's colonies did not play an important role in the foundation of the Belgian chocolate industry. By the 1900s, chocolate was increasingly affordable for the Belgian working class. According to one study, Belgium first started to export more chocolate than it imported in the 1960s, with exports of “Belgian chocolates” growing exponentially since 1980.
How it started
Bringing great chocolate to every chef and supporting you in what you love most - creating wonderful chocolate delights for your fans and friends - is what we pursue to do. It all started in 1911, in a small town in Belgium called Wieze.
Octaaf Callebaut, grandson of a brewer in the small Belgian town of Wieze, had secretly been working on his first chocolate recipe. For months, the fine scent of freshly roasted cocoa beans had made everyone curious. When the brewers finally tasted his first chocolate coming out of the conche, they witnessed the birth of Callebaut's Finest Belgian Chocolate. Very soon, small shops in the outlaying villages and their customers became fond of this new chocolate… and the news spread fast.
Traceable Ethical Chocolate
With the Growing Great Chocolate programme, every chef working with Callebaut chocolate, makes a clear choice to support cocoa farmers in West Africa. For every pack of Finest Belgian chocolate purchased, Callebaut reinvests a part in sustainable cocoa cultivation and community programs in the West African cocoa growing communities.
Cosy Gifts Chocolate
We work with Callebaut Milk, Dark and Flavoured Chocolate in a variety of moulds, over seasons we have limited editions and special chocolates, as well as the tried and trusted bars such as nuts.
Try out our chocolate range, you wont be disappointed!