A SWEET LIFE AND A FAMILY PASSION
The legacy of Harden & Huyse Chocolates began as a snug, family-owned-and-operated shop in Saskatoon, fall of 1984.
The Harden & Huyse family legacy is the real thing. They originate from Belgium and learned their craft at the hands of old-world Belgian chocolate makers. John Hardenne’s original attempts in a test store quickly led to his son, Anthony opening their first chocolate shop, soon to be joined by his brother, Claude.
The manufacturing of our fine Belgian chocolates began in Victoria, B.C., by John Hardenne at a test store in 1982 with a silent partner.
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Realizing the test had produced potential, Mr. Hardenne then encouraged his two sons to consider a career as chocolatiers and the opening of the original Harden & Huyse was undertaken in Saskatoon, Sask., in 1983.
1984 - 2004
A period of growth and refinement. In 1987 Anthony invited his brother Claude to join the team as a chocolatier. They place their combined efforts towards meeting demand and refining manufacturing processes. By 1990 Anthony moved his focus to marketing while Claude managed production. During this time period, capacity continued to grow and the redesign of the packaging was undertaken in order to supply greater distribution. Subsequently, our award winning packaging led to sales in New York, San Francisco and nationally across Canada.
In 1997, Anthony would leave to acquire his MBA at Queen’s University and Claude and his wife Charlene took over operations.
Still Passionate. Still Growing.
Today we are focused on the same values which gave us our start, consistent quality! The spirit of this business has always been about family and our love for chocolate.