We started in 2002 when the Chicago based chocolate company we got our comfort food from growing up, went out of business. We knew people loved that style chocolates so we set out to learn the processes needed to replicate and improve on those flavors and products. At this point, the concept of CocoBon Chocolatier was born.
From months of research, study and trial and error we began, as a hobby, to produce handmade confections that rivaled those we knew growing up. After a move to South Carolina in 2004, we took some time to build local relationships and fine tune our processes. by 2006 our friends and family said “You have to something more with this. It’s too good!” So with this validation, in 2007 we opened our doors creating a website and selling online.
Our vision grew as we were determined to share our creations with more people. We started working with local retailers, hotels and corporations to offer our products on a wholesale basis. In 2008 we worked with a local goat dairy to produce truffles that earned us a 1st place national award for one of our truffle flavors. We joined the South Carolina Specialty Foods Association and also became “South Carolina Certified.”
Offering our products on a wider basis at Americas Mart in Atlanta grew our distribution to 22 states and export to Canada. But during the recession from 2009 to 2013 we saw a significant decline in our customer base. By late 2014 we realized we would have to make some serious changes to move forward. At the same time, our community held a competition offering an incentive to open a new retail shop in the historic downtown area.
In early 2015 we entered and in June, won the “Accelerate Anderson Downtown Challenge.” By December 2015 we opened our vintage styled shop located at 111 N. Main Street, Anderson SC and we’ve never looked back. We celebrate the history of our downtown and the specific history of the building we call home.
We’ve consistently grown by developing and offering new products, new flavors and a unique visitor experience in our vintage styled location. Our products are all handmade by us from our original recipes. We are as “All natural” as possible with our ingredients using no preservatives or additives. We work with as many local providers as possible to offer “Farm to table” chocolate confections. Our dedication to freshness and quality can only come from the small batch, all natural product offerings we provide.
Taste the difference. Taste the quality that all natural, locally sourced ingredients make.