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.
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.
And now a new generation has come to the foreground of the family business. Connor Klein, son of Carmel Klein and foreman of The Bonte Koe, has been involved in the family business since childhood. Connor has a new creative angle and ensures that everyone who enters a Bonte Koe shop is immersed in a chocolate Valhalla.