Our Family & Legacy
Family is at the foundation of everything we do at Dorinda’s Chocolates. Be it the beautiful cabinetry that frames our chocolates in store, the visual presentation of our brand, or our range of confectionary creations—all that we do is made by the Vance family.
“The Duchess of Chocolate” Dorinda brings with her a lifelong love of chocolate, which she began hand-crafting herself in the form of chocolate-dipped cherries when she was twelve. After developing her talent as a chocolatier in formal settings (like the L’Ecole Chocolat and the Berry Callebaut factory), Dorinda founded Dorinda’s Chocolates as a way to share something she loved with the world, and create a legacy her family could carry forward for decades to come.
One of Dorinda’s sons and one of the spirited personalities behind the brand. Like Dorinda, Dustin’s love for chocolate runs deep —since joining the family business he has come to play a critical role in developing Dorinda’s range of tasty creations; in hiring and developing the Dorinda’s Chocolate staff; and in planning the future of Dorinda’s Chocolates, which he hopes to share with a wider market. His goal is to one day man the operation so that his parents can retire and enjoy the rewards that came from their hard work.
Lead Chocolatier/ Kitchen Manager
The family business extends beyond these three masterminds, and it’s not hard to find any of Dorinda’s relatives adding something special to the business. Beyond that, we consider our team to be a part of our family and vision, and deeply appreciate the enthusiasm, loyalty and love for sweets we share with them.