About

Eschewing trendiness in favor of incredible flavor, Dorinda’s award-winning chocolates are all-natural, hand-made creations. You can trust that our products, in whatever form they take, are made with fairtrade ingredients of the best possible quality. That means you’ll have an indulgent, but ethical experience with every bite, hand-crafted by some of the region’s most celebrated chocolatiers.

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.

Dorinda Vance
CEO/Founder

“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.

Dustin Vance
COO/Vice President

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.

Daniel Lawson
Lead Chocolatier/ Kitchen Manager

Daniel has spent the past almost four years mastering the art of chocolate making under Dorinda and Dustin. He runs the kitchen and is proud to work for one of the few companies that undergo the difficult and exacting process of hand tempering their chocolate. Daniel loves the creativity his work requires and enjoys perfecting his craft so that every single chocolate is flawless and manufactured in the most efficient way possible.

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.

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