The First Generation
At the beginning of Whittaker’s Chocolates there was J H Whittaker who was their grandfather. His name was James Henry Whittaker and he was the first to get a taste for the stuff when he was working for a confectioner in England at the age of 14. He came to New Zealand back in 1890 and began to put this chocolate expertise to use for himself. He started making his own in his Christchurch home. Using his horse and van (today it’s a Mini Clubman) he would sell it door to door. He eventually moved to Wellington and since 1896 J H Whittaker has been making Australasia premium chocolate.
The 2nd Generation
In 1913, his sons Ronald and James joined him in partnership to form J H Whittaker and Sons. Business took off over the years, with their chocolates being eagerly sought by more and more respected retailers.
The 3rd generation
Today the company is still owned and run by the Whittaker family. Andrew and Brian in fact, and they reckon they have all the passion for chocolate along with all this unique experience.
If they’re not tending every step of the process, the sourcing, the roasting the blending and baking… then you’ll find them in the tasting room, dreaming up new and ever more delicious combinations. They draw real strength in their family history. Remember the saying blood is thicker than water, and chocolate is thicker than that, so there you go.
Where can you buy Whittaker’s products?
Whittaker’s products should be available at all supermarkets throughout New Zealand and in almost every service station and dairy. In addition, their Sante bars are available in many local cafes and coffee shops. If your local dairy, supermarket or service station doesn’t have the Whittaker’s product you’re looking for, you are invited to feel free to ask the store owner/manager if they could stock it. Alternatively, there is a number to ring for additional help 0800 11 99 68 (this number is only available in New Zealand.)
Is Whittaker’s a New Zealand company?
Whittaker’s is a New Zealand company and is still family owned and operated.
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Read more tomorrow as we continue to explore this fabulous company Whittaker’s Chocolates that produces such fabulous chocolates.