CHOCOLATE MANUFACTURERS SINCE 1946
Chocolates Solé is a family-owned company whose activity has been focused entirely on producing the best chocolate since its very beginnings.
Today, Chocolates Solé is firmly established and has a strong presence in international markets in more than 20 countries.
Since 1999, the brand has been a pioneer in the production of organic chocolates.
The History of Chocolate
Chocolate makes its first appearance
Cocoa is originally from South America. However, when it was discovered, it was only consumed in the form of a cocoa-flavoured drink. Cocoa beans were also used as currency, something which was brought to an end with the European conquest.
And it was the conquistadors who first exported this product and introduced it to Europe via Spain in 1534. The monk Fray Jerónimo Aguilar sent a bag full of cocoa beans together with the recipe for chocolate to Don Antonio de Álvaro, abbot of the Monastery of Piedra in the province of Zaragoza, where chocolate was made for the first time in Europe.
The expansion of chocolate in Europe
It was at this point in time when chocolate began to spread throughout the rest of Europe. In France, chocolate started being regarded as a luxury product but it wasn’t until the Italians developed the concept of a chocolate shop that it actually became popular.
Later, after its arrival in Switzerland, the product was refined and solidified, leading to the type of chocolate consumption as we know it today in the form of chocolate bars.
The Chocolates Solé Company
Our chocolates have always been made in accordance with three basic premises: tradition, quality and responsibility. We are able to experience an exciting blend of trends and tradition, the result of our passion for chocolate.
In the beginning, our chocolate workshop and family business was located in the Clot neighbourhood of Barcelona. We currently have a team of more than 25 people who are passionate about the chocolate world and socially engaged, collaborating with social enterprises that focus on providing employment for workers with disabilities.
“Looking back on the history of this product is much more than just the history of a sweet. It is also the history of culture, art, technology and, ultimately, of an entire country.”
Mª Antonia Martí Escayol