German Chocolate Makers & Chocolatiers

Posted on May 15, 2013 by  Lee Mccoy

The British perception of German companies is that of focusing more of the functionality of their products than illicit any sort of excitement. When it comes to chocolate, however, this perception is only partly true as there are two or three German manufacturers of chocolate who produce some wonderful stuff. The sad truth, however, is that outside of Coppeneur, Bouga Cacao, Blyss and Vivani, there's nothing much to get excited about.
This is one of the staggering things about Chocolate. Despite the technology and processes to make chocolate was exported by Antonio Carletti to Italy and then beyond in the very early 17th Century it doesn't seem to have taken hold as it has in either France or Italy in the sense of fine chocolate and Belgium in the form of creamy chocolate. Germany does seem to be more focused on filled chocolate bars with unusual flavours, rather than the classic forms of plain chocolate we love to offer you here. 
Here's my view of the German chocolate industry and those that export their products around the world. Firstly there are a large number of German chocolate names that you probably wouldn't of heard of. Some do, however, own brands you have heard of.

Coppeneur are chocolate makers based on the banks of the Rhine Valley and are more focused on what I call 'less-commercial' chocolate. Currently we only stock their 100% Dominican Republic Puristique bar but are looking to expand.

Ulrike started Bouga Cacao in Germany but subsequently moved it to southern France - and why not. We absolutely love their creativity, their willingness to produce interesting gifts with 100% chocolate, when most companies shy away.

Stollwerk who manufacturers under a wide range of brands including Alpine, Alprose, Schwarze Herren Schokolade, Bensdorp, Jacques and Van Houten ESZET.

Herta has been established more than seventy years and although traditionally seen as a chocolatier of liqueurs and other filled chocolates, they do actually produce their own chocolate as they wish to guarantee consistency of supply and style.

Euromar produced semi-finished cocoa products for other companies to produce the chocolates you consume. You, therefore, are unlikely to know that you're ever trying chocolate made by them. They do, however, produce chocolate mainly from West African cacao.

If you've tried any Bendicks chocolates then you may like to know that they're actually made by Storck in northern Berlin.

Blyss are great chocolate makers producing for exclusive clients who which to engage with Blyss' very strong ethical stance and pursuit of excellence.

Rausch are now into their third generation of being a family-owned company and at the beginning of this century branched out into making chocolate and currently produce a range of single origin chocolate at different cocoa levels.

Leysieffer were destroyed in the Second World War, having been established at the start of the nineteenth century. They reopened in 1950 and are producers are Himmlische truffles but perhaps are more widely known for their range of coffee shops and bistros.

Feodora moved to Bremen after the second war and produce a range of 'gourmet' filled and plain chocolate bars, pralines and chocolate novelties.

Vivani have a noble attitude with selecting cocoa growers to work with and choose those with a strong ethical and ecological approach. This is certainly a brand we'll be looking to stock in the future.

Schokinag are approaching their centenary but they probably won't make a make a big deal of it as they mainly supply high-end chefs rather than direct to consumer chocolate. Back in 2009 it looks like the USA food processor Archer Daniels Midland Co. agreed to acquire Schokinag.

GEPA are predominantly a company focused on ethical trading who also do produce a range of interesting chocolate bars and confectionery.
Other companies that produce chocolates include Ritter, Milka and Kinder - which doesn't produce chocolate at the end of the market we're really interested in' there's also Hanchez and Asbach Uralt.

Cailler Chocolaterie

William Harcourt-Cooze

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