From broken hearts to grazed knees, we’re big believers that there’s no problem that can’t be solved with chocolate – our whole company is proof of that!
We set up shop in 2005 to help put food on the family table; twelve years and a lot of hard work later, we’re Cornwall’s largest artisan chocolate maker, supplying to shops, tourist attractions and little hands everywhere.
It all began in early 2004 when our Managing Director Alex, his wife Jayne, daughter Nicola and husband-to-be Andy opened up a Cornish food and drink store in Wadebridge called Kernow Harvest. It quickly became apparent that in order to survive in the cut throat world of retail (of which we had zero experience!), we needed to sell something which we produced ourselves. After considering a few options, chocolate seemed to fit the bill perfectly. Kernow Chocolate was born in early 2005. Our small family business, soon grew even further, when Alex’s and Jayne’s son Philip, and his partner Vicki returned from Australia to bolster the ranks.
We began by selling our chocolate at Kernow Harvest, local farmers’ markets and as many food and drink shows we could get to. Before long, we started picking up individual accounts to supply other farm shops, delicatessens and many local tourist attractions. Production stepped up a notch, and it has carried on that way ever since.
In 2015 we moved production from the original factory on our family farm to the US Navy buildings up the old RAF St Eval site which had been disused for about a decade. In doing so we were able to open our doors to the public for the first time. Our new factory has a shop, café and viewing area where visitors can watch all of our Chocolatiers hard at work making all of our chocolate by hand.
We’re proud to be Cornish and employ over 20 staff from our local community. Say hello to our very own Oompa Loompa’s!