15 years of chocolate
We are still in a little bit of shock that we have actually been in business for 15 years! This is a momentous milestone for us and a journey full of ups and downs. Founded in 2003 by father/daughter duo, Kerr Dunlop and Flo Broughton, the business has grown from a tiny team of three to an award-winning independent business.
Here’s a timeline of how we got there…
2003 – Chocolate on Chocolate launched, Flo one of our founders spent all of her student loan to buy chocolate machines whilst studying Graphic Design at UE.
2004 – The year our website launched (it looked a lot different to the way it does now). We also started supplying stores such as Topshop, John Lewis and Harrods (Flo even did the deliveries herself) oh and this was also the year she met Michael (her future husband).
2005 – A big year for the company, we began to take on more corporate clients and launched our wedding chocolates which became an instant success. We also moved to new larger premises our factory in Rode where we are still producing handmade chocolates to this day.
2006 – We produced chocolate for High Grove House, began exporting to Japan and America, and we also got listings in Waitrose and the Daily Candy which propelled our own website.
2007 – We expanded the factory by a further 2000 sq foot, an area which is now known as our Chocolate Room.
2008 – This was an extremely busy year for us, we rebranded to Choc on Choc and the Chocolate Pharmacy was created. The business really started to grow despite the fact that the bank suddenly took our overdraft away (yikes!) oh and Nicholas Cage dropped by the factory to have his house made into Chocolate!
2009 – This was the year we joined Not On The High Street (we were one of the very first) and we still happily sell our chocolates through them, we also created a chocolate version of Sting's house The Lake House.
2010 – This was a big year for Flo personally as her first child was born called Charlie (ring any bells?) She also ran half a marathon at 8 ½ months pregnant (what a woman) and slowly began to delegate tasks such as chocolate making to take a step back and run the business.
2011 – The year of the Royal Wedding, we were honored to be asked to do chocolates for William and Kates big day!
2012 – There was a huge buzz in the country for the Olympics and so we created a range of chocolates for this huge event and Flo was lucky enough to get tickets to go and watch them.
2013 – This was the year Flo’s daughter Sienna was born, also the legend that is Mary Berry visited the factory to have a tour and make some chocolate and we gained some big stockists including Tesco and Harvey Nichols.
2014 – We joined forces with our PR agency Palm PR in London, Flo really found her feet creatively and produced some wonderful new lines.
2015 – We launched our now iconic Chocolate Biscuits which were an instant success along with the Chocolate Cheese Board which won Best ‘Wow’ Product at the Make Awards for Not On The High Street.
2016 – The Chocolate Avocado was launched and is still one of our bestsellers to date, this really made us aware of current trends and allowed us to develop new innovative designs to inspire our customers.
2017 – We got our own Choc on Choc lorry! Gained another big stockist (Waitrose) and had great online growth.
2018 – Has brought more changes and renovations to the factory to improve our production system and we also produced a range of chocolates for Harry and Meghan's Royal Wedding.
We can’t wait to see what the next 15 years bring…