About 2019-10-03T13:44:22-04:00

Our Story

When two retired Dutch Men met at a friend’s dinner party in 2012, they had little idea of the importance of their meeting. Over the ensuing months Cor Boon and Henry Noestheden learned of each other’s business and creative experience and having been highly successful and creative throughout their careers  neither man was enamoured with the concept of remaining retired.

With their Dutch background, acculturation  and experience the two men were well prepared for the demanding tasks that starting a new business would require.  Developing their vision of a  unique business the two men brought their full focus to the design and production of a new line of hand-made chocolate confections and truffles. Their focus would be to create beauty through the medium of high quality chocolate.

Cor, a talented and award winning carver prepared dozens of wood patterns that would become the designs for chocolate molds. Henry, a creative and professional sculptor and fabrication specialist brought his experience in mold making to cast the wood patterns into a collection of silicone molds and a proprietary mold registration systems. The two men designed and built several Orbital Rotation Systems to rotate the chocolate molds during tempering cycles.

The two founded Dutch Boys Chocolate and located their first store and production facility in Kingsville, Ontario in South Western Ontario. When entering the store, the focus of their creativity becomes obvious as the store presents a delightful blend of old-world and contemporary merchandising.

Obvious is the very clean and uncluttered store and the large glass display cases showing dozens of chocolate creations. Large windows permit customers to view their chocolate being hand-made in the ultra-clean production facility. The most obvious aspect of this store is the incredible attention to customer service. The knowledgeable staff is skilled and friendly as they explain the process of creating birds, butterflies, crustaceans, beetles, fruit, cats and dogs, a large collection of 4 1/4 inch round medallions featuring portraits of wildlife and so much more. The result is that customers have a unique and joyous shopping experience reminiscent of yesteryear.

Dutch Boys Chocolate celebrates its 1st Anniversary on May 24th 2018 and is quickly gaining recognition as producing superb chocolate creations winning the 2017 “Jimmie Award” for ‘Best Chocolate in Canada’.

Meet Our Team

We are Chocolate Experts here to serve and surprise you!

Cor Boon
Cor BoonFounder / Chocolatier
Car came to Canada in July of 1952 as a boy of 10 years. Along with his older siblings, Cor was soon put to work in helping to establish the family in Canada.

Educated through the Canadian school and College system he would soon establish himself as a technical and sales professional and built his reputation in the manufacture and sales of food production and packaging machinery systems. His knowledge of food processes and food handling requirements brings valuable expertise to Dutch Boys Chocolate.

On the creative side, Cor studied with World Master-Carver Robert Ptashnik to further develop his wood carving abilities to become an award-winning professional carver able to hand carve the numerous unique patterns required for mould making.

Retirement however did not suit Cor’s enthusiastic creative spirit and after meeting Henry who had similar thoughts about retirement, the two men would form a strong friendship to collaborate on their new business ideas.

Henry Noestheden
Henry NoesthedenFounder / Chocolatier
Henry came to Canada in September of 1952 as a boy of 3 years. Henry was educated through the Canadian school system and after completing high school and Teacher’s College became an elementary school teacher.

During Post Secondary Education, Henry achieved considerable distinction in the art-world by receiving a full scholarship to the Carnegie-Mellon University. Receiving a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Carnegie-Mellon, Henry would pursue his creative career in New York to develop his own intuition and design concepts. From New York, Henry moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he would partner with an Interior Architect and establish his own Fabrication facility. As an awarded designer Henry’s work was in demand and the business flourished, completing highly creative installations in major hotel chains throughout the United States and abroad.

After 27 years in the United States, Henry wound down his career to return to Canada in 2012.

Christine McSweeney
Christine McSweeneyStore Manager
Christine is the third member of the Dutch Boys Chocolate business.

Christine is unique as she brings a surprising number of multi-faceted experience to Dutch Boys Chocolate. Having extensive experience in the food and related industries Christine has immersed herself completely in chocolate making to quickly become adept at chocolate production.

Preparing truffles and creating three new recipes in the process, Bella, Rose and Lavender, that became very popular immediately. Christine’s attitude towards her work and our customers creates a happy and joyous atmosphere in the store.

Christine’s unique sense of fun can be seen in the many creative Facebook postings that continue to develop greater customer awareness and establishing Dutch Boys Chocolate as a most unique and innovative chocolate maker.