A Canadian Chocolatier with a Sweet History

More than a Century of Making Premium Chocolates
The short and sweet story of Purdys Chocolatier

We're a Canadian chocolatier with a rich history.

Our founder, Richard Carmon Purdy, started selling homemade chocolates in downtown Vancouver, Canada in 1907.

TIMELINE: Learn the sweet history and highlights of Purdys Chocolatier

Today, nearly 110 years later, our tasty treats are enjoyed in shops across British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario—and by people all over the world who are lucky to receive a gift of Purdys' chocolates.

We're known for fantastic chocolates, fantastic service and fantastic people.

Scroll down for a taste of what makes Purdys Chocolatier a truly beloved Canadian company.

Purdys' fresh ingredients chocolates

Fresh Ingredients

We never compromise on the quality of our products.

"Purdys' chocolates always taste the way you remember them."
Charles Flavelle, Purdys' Chairman of the Board

We source premium-quality ingredients from around the world, and choose local options whenever possible. In fact, our milk, creams and butter are delivered from BC dairy farms, and most of the sugar used in our creations comes from nearby sugar suppliers.

Purdys' creations have a short shelf life—and we like it that way.

There's a very good reason why you won't find Purdys' chocolates at your grocery store.

While most wholesale stores keep products on the shelf for a very long time, Purdys' chocolates are made in small batches without added preservatives, so you know you're always getting the freshest product possible.

So give the gift of something sweet to someone special (or yourself) today.

Purdys uses only sustainable cocoa

Sustainable Cocoa

We pay a premium for cocoa to ensure our farmer partners and co-ops are supported by programs that improve their profit and the livelihoods of their families.

It's a choice we've made because it's the right choice to make.

"I've personally witnessed the positive impact on cocoa farmers and their families from Purdys' Sustainable Cocoa Program."
Peter Higgins, Purdys' President & Chocolate Scientist

We don't ask our customers to pay a premium for sustainable cocoa—we just ask them to enjoy.

See the real people you and Purdys are helping.

But what about homegrown sustainability?

Glad you asked. Even back in the '60s, Purdys was doing everything possible to reduce, reuse and recycle. Here's what we've achieved since then.

Purdys are experts in chocolate

Chocolate Expertise

After 100+ years of crafting fine chocolates, you get to know a thing or two about doing it right.

"I taste two to four chocolates per day. I still look forward to those moments when a sample comes across my desk."
Karen Flavelle, Purdys' CEO & Chief Connoisseur

At Purdys, everyone—from our Chocolatiers to our in-shop Chocolate Connoisseurs—is always inspired to take you away from the ordinary.

We call these Purdys' Moments, where it's just you and delectable chocolate.

We never compromise on quality, and you bet you can taste it.

Speaking of taste, did you know that chocolate goes great with wine?

Or tea?

Or cheese?

You can also become a chocolate expert in your own right by attending one of our Chocolate Classes to learn how to make a selection of special treats.

sweet people working at Purdys

Sweet People

Truly Canadian and truly delicious, Purdys is a family-owned company that's proudly all about chocolate.

"It's not chocolate that sustains Purdys so much as it's the people, the decisions they make, the opportunities they recognize and don't shy away from."
Karen Flavelle, Purdys' CEO & Chief Connoisseur

But at Purdys, we don't only invest in sustainable cocoa, community programs and fresh ingredients.

We invest in our people too.

It's why Purdys Chocolatier is a 2016 Best Employer in Canada—Platinum Level.

We make ourselves better every day at Purdys. It's one of our core values.

We encourage our Chocolate Kitchen team to constantly experiment with flavours and try new things…but did you know that out of 100+ recipes each year, only less than 10 make it into production?

And have you ever noticed a "Purple Apron" in a Purdys shop? They're Chocolate Connoisseurs that know everything there is to know about our chocolates, our values and Purdys' rich history.

Learn more about the people of Purdys who are always making sweet things, and making things sweet.

everyone has a favourite at Purdys

Chocolates for Everyone

At the turn of the last century, chocolatier Richard Carmon Purdy perfected recipes in his home kitchen and sold fresh chocolates on the street to enthusiastic crowds.

"To me, chocolate is a journey..."
Gary Mitchell, Purdys' Head Chocolatier

Demand for his delicious creations was high, and soon Purdy opened up a shop in downtown Vancouver...and then another.

More than 110 years later, Purdys Chocolatier is Canada's largest family-owned premium-chocolate company.

But we're not about the fame, we're about the chocolates.

We still use some of Richard Purdy's fabulous recipes, and we're always inventing more masterpieces.

And Purdys' Fundraising initiatives, year-round or seasonal, are a sweet way to raise money for a cause.

Or save with Purdys' Seasonal Group Purchase Program, and make the holidays a bit more delicious.

Don't know where to start? Try Purdys' most famous chocolate creations.

Purdys' contribution to the community

Community Involvement

Some things haven't changed at Purdys Chocolatier. Never will.

"Choklit Park and its creation was a wonderful experience in my life."
Charles Flavelle, Purdys' Chairman of the Board

We'll always use the freshest ingredients possible.

Always challenge ourselves to create sumptuous chocolate confections.

And Purdys Chocolatier will always be incredibly involved in our communities.

From then-owner Charles Flavelle rolling up his sleeves to help build Choklit Park in 1969 to celebrating the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver to fighting against Ebola together with the World Cocoa Foundation, Purdys has a long history of community spirit.

In fact, Purdys' fundraising, donations and sponsorship initiatives generate more than $3 million for community organizations per year.

Now that's truly sweet.