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About Lauden Chocolate
Lauden Chocolate was born out of frustration by their owners not being able to buy fine chocolate where they live. They would regularly visit some fantastic Chocolatier with a great shopping experience and customer service but their taste buds were more than often left unsatisfied. To the owners, Sun and Stephen, “It’s all about the Chocolate!” so they decided to make their own.
They spent all their spare time learning, researching ingredients and refining their chocolate palate. They wanted to find the finest Cacao in the world, to make the finest chocolates in the world. A tall order, but one they are certainly on the road to success with when they won Bronze at the Academy of Chocolate Awards in 2009 in the category of Best Dark Truffle (unflavoured). "It’s all about the chocolate!".
Lauden believe the chocolate industry is going through a revolution as the consumer starts to recognise and look for fine tasting chocolates, rather than the high sugar low quality chocolates that are available everywhere. Much like Sun and Stephen today, people want chocolate with character, depth and lasting taste - much like a good quality bottle of wine, and once you have tasted the finest you cannot go back.
Sun - "It’s all about balancing fine ingredients with one another to produce the best chocolate! Just because you are using the finest ingredients does not mean you will produce the best products. It is the marriage of these ingredients that produces the best!"
Lauden Chocolate first tested their creations on the public at the local Farmers Market in Leeds. The response was fantastic and they knew there were people out there who shared their passion for fine chocolate and the Lauden chocolates they had just tasted.
The company has grown quickly and recently opened its factory in the centre of Leeds. Lauden continues to grow with its prime focus on quality of chocolate and service to its customers.
A Singaporean chocolatier living in the North of England with a passion for fine food. Her love of chocolate comes from living for 10 years in Belgium frequenting the many chocolate boutiques. It was here she was presented with the opportunity to bring the chocolate brand ‘Leonidas’ to Singapore 20 years ago. She decided, at that time, Singapore was not ready for fine chocolate so she turned her attentions to building a reputable furniture manufacturing company in central Java. Being surrounded by chocolate plantations her desire to return to chocolate in the future always remained. Life eventually took her to the North of England, a long way from the forests of Central Java or the cosmopolitan city of Singapore. It was here she settled and started Lauden Chocolate using her creative flare to inspire wonderful chocolates using both English and Asian ingredients, like her Raspberry & Rose or Lemongrass Chocolates. Her Ambition: To produce the best tasting chocolate in the world! Her Favorite Chocolate: Fruits combined with Chocolate
Stephen grew up a Chocoholic! As a child, every Christmas he would eat all his 400g Cadburys bar from Santa followed by his brothers which would cause a family feud! From Cadburys he progressed onto Thorntons until a few years ago Sun introduced him to a small chocolate boutique in Singapore. This chocolate was high on flavour and low on sugar. There was no going back! Stephen worked for a large Multinational law firm and ran other business ventures while researching and learning as much as he could about chocolate. In 2007 with Sun, he set up Lauden Chocolate and continues to develop the company based on one underlying principle... "It’s all about the chocolate!" His Ambition: To educate and share the experience of fine chocolate with anyone who wants to know. His Favorite Chocolate: The purist collection and infused ganache.