Initially setting up a chocolate manufacturing facility in Dublin in 1999, Ann always wanted to bring chocolate, jobs and prosperity back to the small but beautiful village of Stradone, Co. Cavan in Ireland. This dream came through in 2007, when on the back of signing up a number of key clients, Ann started to expand family business premise in Stradone. Today, the facility is coming to the end of its third transformation, expanding to increase capability.
Áine's Handmade Chocolate, located in Stradone Village, County Cavan, is an award-winning producer of handmade premium Irish chocolate. Founded in 1999 by Ann Rudden, a Master Chocolatier and a woman with a passion for her art. Ann’s vision is ‘to create chocolate as it should be - mouth watering, melt-in-the-mouth magic that is made with only the purest, freshest, natural ingredients’. Inspired by her vision, Ann has assembled an award winning team of innovative chocolate makers supported by a modern, flexible and internationally-scalable production capability.
In addition to assembling a vast, loyal chocolate-loving fanbase online, today Áine's Handmade Chocolates also supplies and partners with leading Irish and international retailers including Dunnes Stores, Aldi, SuperValu, Lidl, Harrods and premium Fine Food Stores and Food Service providers. Áine's Handmade Chocolate also provides chocolate solutions for the gifting, hamper and corporate market.