In 1992, inspired by the love of the divine chocolate, the Irish Carmel Klein Kelly, together with her brother-in-law Cees Klein, opened a chocolate studio on the Lange Haven in Schiedam. There the aroma of cacao replaced three centuries old gin fumes. At first the intention was to concentrate solely on the business gift market but the taste-buds of the locals were awakened to the bonbons and bouchées and, in response to great demand, a shop was opened. More about this store.
In the following years The Bonte Koe became a chocolate phenomenon renowned for its daring flavours and intricate workmanship. The Bonte Koe opened shops in Rotterdam and The Hague and gave workshops and master classes in the art of chocolate making. The bonbons and bouchées are still being made today as they were in the early years.
Rotterdam and The Hague
In addition, De Bonte Koe expanded to Rotterdam and The Hague. In Rotterdam we now have a shop on the renowned Nieuwe Binnenweg. More about this store in Rotterdam. In The Hague we are located on the Korte Poten in a former butcher shop. Here you can buy our luxurious handmade chocolates and bars, but also enjoy a delicious chocolate tasting with espresso. More about this store in Den Haag
Within De Bonte Koe, a new generation has come to the fore. Connor and Amy Klein, son and daughter of Carmel Klein, have been walking around the family business since they were children. Together,they took over the business from their uncle and mother in 2020.
Connor has a creative point of view and is in charge of production. When he's not working on chocolate, he's surfing. Amy has a background in logistics, a great love for Africa and ensures that sustainability is high on the agenda at De Bonte Koe. Their great inspiration is Yvon Chouinard.