When two retired Dutch Men met at a friend’s dinner party in 2012, they had little idea of the importance of their meeting. Over the ensuing months Cor Boon and Henry Noestheden learned of each other’s business and creative experience and having been highly successful and creative throughout their careers neither man was enamoured with the concept of remaining retired.
With their Dutch background, acculturation and experience the two men were well prepared for the demanding tasks that starting a new business would require. Developing their vision of a unique business the two men brought their full focus to the design and production of a new line of hand-made chocolate confections and truffles. Their focus would be to create beauty through the medium of high quality chocolate.
Cor, a talented and award winning carver prepared dozens of wood patterns that would become the designs for chocolate molds. Henry, a creative and professional sculptor and fabrication specialist brought his experience in mold making to cast the wood patterns into a collection of silicone molds and a proprietary mold registration systems. The two men designed and built several Orbital Rotation Systems to rotate the chocolate molds during tempering cycles.
The two founded Dutch Boys Chocolate and located their first store and production facility in Kingsville, Ontario in South Western Ontario. When entering the store, the focus of their creativity becomes obvious as the store presents a delightful blend of old-world and contemporary merchandising.
Obvious is the very clean and uncluttered store and the large glass display cases showing dozens of chocolate creations. Large windows permit customers to view their chocolate being hand-made in the ultra-clean production facility. The most obvious aspect of this store is the incredible attention to customer service. The knowledgeable staff is skilled and friendly as they explain the process of creating birds, butterflies, crustaceans, beetles, fruit, cats and dogs, a large collection of 4 1/4 inch round medallions featuring portraits of wildlife and so much more. The result is that customers have a unique and joyous shopping experience reminiscent of yesteryear.
Dutch Boys Chocolate celebrates its 1st Anniversary on May 24th 2018 and is quickly gaining recognition as producing superb chocolate creations winning the 2017 “Jimmie Award” for ‘Best Chocolate in Canada’.