Our History

Gilbert Benoit

Benoit Chocolats, a family business. 

At the head of their own bakery for ten years, the parents took in 1975 the ambitious decision to launch a chocolate factory right in the heart of Angers. All the chocolates were made directly on site by the father, Gilbert Benoit. From their earliest days, the three children grew up in a chocolate environment, helping out from time to time at the shop or in the laboratory. Anne-Françoise, the younger daughter, first started a career in the world of economics, but eventually returned to Angers in 1997 to take over the family business and quickly became the head of the company. Not only did Anne-Françoise Benoit manage all the commercial and financial operations of the parent company, she also decided to become a chocolate maker herself, and to take the helm of the chocolate production. In 2009, she persuaded her older sister, Véronique, to join in the family chocolate-making saga and together, they opened the first Parisian branch of “Benoit Chocolats” in rue Saint-Antoine, in the 4th arrondissement.

Today, the chocolate makers family Benoit Chocolats is listed among the 100 best chocolate makers in France, and has been perpetuating its hand-crafted savoir-faire since 1975. In Angers or Paris, experience the authentic taste of chocolates and macaroons, and discover our new speciality, the original Caramandes ®