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Posted on: Wednesday, 4 April 2012

14 Artisanal Handmade Chocolate Makers in South Africa

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Artisanal Chocolate Makers

Artisanal Chocolate Makers

Sure we can dash out to Pick n Pay and snatch a couple of Easter eggs, or Lindt bunnies off the shelves – they’re convenient, it’s easy, and the kids love the bright gaudiness. But what’s in the chocolate? And how good does it taste? More importantly, who benefits when you buy them?

There are more than a handful of chocolatiers in South Africa, producing fine, handmade chocolate. A few of them are even organic. In fact, we’ve even found the odd raw chocolate producer on our travels, for those of you following the raw food trend.

And so we’ve put together a list of chocolatiers near you. This time when you dash out for last minute chocolates, make it a trip to your latest real chocolate producer, where the people who benefit are local, where the chocolate produced is ethical, and where, more often than not, the money you spend is well worth every penny for the numm factor.

14 Artisanal Handmade Chocolate Makers in South Africa

Western Cape

Saszali Handmade Chocolates, Cape Town
When it comes to original packaging and sheer ‘wow’ factor for the way they look, then Saszali chocolates come in tops. You’ll find them at the City Bowl Market on Hope Street, Gardens, on Saturday mornings. Anya makes her chocolates from the best couverture chocolate, infusing them with herbs and spices, fresh fruits, teas and other wonderful ingredients.

Telephone: +27 (0)79 358-5250

Von Geusau Chocolaterie

Von Geusau Chocolaterie

Von Geusau, Greyton
Fortunately for you, laying your hands on a few Von Geusau pralines or truffles does not necessitate a trip all the way to Greyton (although a visit to the little town is well worth your while, particularly as the Oak and Vigne Cafe has a tasting section). Von Geusau’s delicious Belgian chocolates are well stocked at a Melissa’s store near you. Indulge in exotic flavours like Masala Chai, Earl Grey, Star Anise, Rose Geranium, Cinnamon and Orange and Lemon Vanilla. As an Easter gift you can’t go wrong…

Telephone: +27 (28) 254- 9100

Roland Ramm, Cape Town
Where else would you find a chocolatier and confectioner in Cape Town but on Kloof Nek Road, where Roland Ramm has been supplying the city with his handmade chocolates since 1984. Called The Chocolate House and voted the Best chocolate shop in the Western Cape in 2009 by Cosmo, expect to find truffles, creams, pralines, ganaches and fondants spread out before you in an ensemble you will find it hard to resist.

Telephone: Not available

Moniki Chocolatier

Moniki Chocolatier

Moniki Chocolatier, Tulbagh
Moniki Chocolatier, owned by Nikki de Wolf, is well worth the trip to Tulbagh. Her charming little shop is set on her ‘farm’ just outside town where you can experience chocolate tasting and coffee together, whilst looking at a view to remember. The quaint little shop has a long stoep and you duck to enter, and the chocolates too have an olde worlde charm, not least because they’re all freshly made with the finest ingredients.

Telephone: +27 (0)23 230-0673

Huguenot Fine Chocolates, Franschhoek
Hand crafted Belgian chocolates by a BEE producer, their boutique chocolaterie can be found on the main street of Franschhoek where a range of pralines and truffles will have you weak at the knees. Also find an array of gift boxes with a selection of chocolates, watch chocolate being made, or take the Chocolate Experience. One doesn’t need Easter as an excuse, in other words.

Telephone: +27 (0)21 876-4096 or +27(0)21 876-4450

DV Artisan Chocolate

DV Artisan Chocolate

DV Artisan Chocolate, Hermanus
Based in Hermanus, DV Artisan Chocolate is a ‘bean-to-bar’ micro batch chocolate maker, one of few in the world (the only other one in SA, as far as we know, is Cocoafair). The team source beans from all over the world, roast their beans and then slowly grind, refine and conch using ancient chocolate making techniques. Containing only authentic ingredients, no vegetable fats, soya lecithin or vanilla and certainly no artificial colourings or flavourings, you’ll know them by their disintinctive colourful packaging. Taste them at Newton Johnson Wines in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, and contact them for stockists.

Telephone: +27 (0)87 808-1616

GaBoLi Chocolates, Betty’s Bay
Handmade by Gaspard, the chef of well known restaurant The Whaling Station in Betty’s Bay, there is a lovely story behind GaBoLi chocolates about how a world-renowned chocolatier offered, after tasting Gaspard’s initial attempts, to teach him the finer details of chocolate making. GaBoLi stands for Gaspard Bossut Limited, limited because there is only one of him and he can only make so many… find them in Hermanus at the Wine Village and at Dassiesfontein.

Telephone: +27 (0)28 272-9421



Cocoafair, Cape Town
Cape Town‘s latest chocolatier is something slightly different. Not only is it artisan chocolate and organic, and reasonable, but it is also ethical. They’re the first organic bean-to-bar chocolate factory in Africa, based on social entrepreneurship. The factory produces chocolate bars, pralines and truffles in a way that improves the lives of many, not just the business – it’s profit, planet, people in the real sense of the word – read our blog post for more.

Telephone: +27 (0)73 855-8096

Honest, Raw Organic Chocolate, Cape Town
Anthony and Michael of Honest, believe in keeping things hand-crafted, using quality raw and organically produced ingredients and making a pure dark chocolate that has a deliciously distinct feel and taste. Based in the City Bowl, the team make bonbon truffles, simple slabs and chocolate spread. You can find them at the Neighbourgoods Market at the Biscuit Mill, Wellness Warehouse and other health shops and delis throughout the country.

Telephone: +27 (0)21 423-8762


Huguenot Fine Chocolates

Huguenot Fine Chocolates

Chocolate Memories, Central Drakensberg, KZN
Fine handmade chocolate made in the shadow of Cathkin Peak and Champagne Castle mountains in the Drakensberg can only taste good, and is luckily also available at outlets in local gift shops, delis and restaurants in KZN, Gauteng and across the country. The chocolate used in the production comes from Callebaut in Belgium.

Telephone: Not available

McKinley Chocolates, Clarens
Handmade chocolates by Calen Thomas, born and raised in Alaska but relocated to Ficksburg in the Free State, he learned chocolate making from his mother and a good friend of his, after which he trained with Belgian chocolatiers in Alaska and with Lindt in South Africa. All McKinley chocolates are made using Swiss and Belgian chocolate. Find a choice of ganache and pralines that will have your mouth watering, truffles and a range of nougats.

Telephone: +27 (0)82 798-5052



Geldhof Chocolatier, Johannesburg
A secret recipe, the best ingredients and quality couverture chocolate. Handmade dark, milk or white chocolate that easily evokes the hmmm factor. Based in Sandton, Geldhof Chocolatier also make their own chocolate from beans. Luckily they have a few branches around Jo’burg, for when the urge takes you.

Telephone: +27 (0)11 784-5403

Snyman Sjokolateur, Pretoria Accommodation
Snyman Sjokolateur is a husband and wife team. Hannes and Wenette both qualified as chocolatiers in 2005 in the little town of Kortrijk in Belgium. Snyman Sjokolateur is thus as close in atmosphere as possible to the outlets you would find in the Flemish town of Brugge. The team handcraft an array of Belgian chocolates and pralines. Best of all, they have an online store for their pralines, ballotins and slabs, so you don’t even have to rush off to buy these, but can do so in the comfort of your home.

Telephone: +27 (0)12 347-1828

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Wanda Coustas


Wanda Coustas has written in one form or another for 10 years, seven of them as a copyblogger. She has travelled the Western Cape extensively and the rest of the country in protracted road trips that have given her both joy and an ongoing relish for experiencing what she writes about first-hand. She is a trained opera singer, poet, eurythmy dancer, philosopher, and bee whisperer.

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4 comments about 14 Artisanal Handmade Chocolate Makers in South Africa
  1. April 4th, 2012 at 13:49
    Pieter van Zyl says:

    WOW never knew there are so many Chocolate makers, I know of Beacon,Cadbury, Lindt, Nestle, gggrrrr looks like I miss out off great/excellent treats

  2. April 4th, 2012 at 16:54
    Kelly says:

    Fantastic list guys!! Thanks!!

  3. April 5th, 2012 at 09:27
    Sarah says:

    Delish! What a chocolate treat. Thanks for sharing this list.

  4. November 15th, 2013 at 13:24
    Michael (Honest Chocolate) says:

    Hi, thanks for the mention of our dark chocolate made from unroasted, organic cacao beans. Just to let you know we now make the chocolate from The Woodstock Exchange in Woodstock, where we also have a small shop. All still tempered, moulded and wrapped by hand. We also still have our original chocolate shop in Wale Street, Cape Town in the same building as the Commune 1 gallery.
    “Don’t be afraid of the dark”