Golden Swan Chocolate

Chester, Virginia 23836

(804) 920-0724

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Dr. Patricia Meyer

I started Golden Swan Chocolate for one very personal reason; I love Peter's Chocolate. This chocolate got me through college, emotionally, and it helped my husband convince me to marry him. It is one of the things I truly missed when I moved from Pennsylvania to Virginia in 1976.

Since I have retired from being an educator and my two children have become adults, I was looking for a new project that wouldn't just fill my time but actually be fulfilling. When my husband of 35 years said, "Remember that chocolate I used to get for you in college?" the idea of Golden Swan Chocolate was born. We found out that this chocolate isn't available to the public at large and I just felt that everyone deserves to be able to buy this chocolate. After a lot of research and help from everyone in my family, Golden Swan Chocolate is up and running.

The Golden Swan was originally envisioned as a restaurant when my family was considering such a venture in 2007. That idea was put on hold, but the image resonated with us too well to let it sit idle. We picked the symbol of the Golden Swan because a swan is part of our Meyer Family Crest. We wanted it to be unique to set our family apart from the multitudes of Meyers. Swans symbolize love and fidelity because of their long-lasting monogamous relationships. Since its conception, the Golden Swan has come to represent the pride that my family has in itself. Our realization of the American Dream, independence through faith, honest work, and sacrifice, is Golden Swan Chocolate.

Manufacturer

Quoted from Peter's Chocolate Website:

"Had Daniel Peter’s career as a candle-maker not been sidetracked by the advent of the oil lamp in the 1860s, today we might well live in a world without milk chocolate.

In the process of searching for a better use of his candle factory, Peter fell under the spell of a chocolatier’s daughter in his hometown of Vevey, Switzerland, and soon after, the Peter’s Chocolate brand was born. Of course then, as now, chocolate was a competitive trade, and Peter quickly realized he’d need to differentiate his product.

In 1867 Peter first attempted to blend milk into chocolate, but it wasn’t until several years later that he perfected the process of dehydrating the milk to prevent spoilage. This breakthrough was achieved with the help of Daniel Peter’s neighbor, Henri Nestlé. As Peter refined his recipe over the next decade, his milk chocolate became an international sensation, showered with medals at expositions, and embraced by the chocolate-loving public.

Having conquered Europe, Peter’s Chocolate was ready to invade the new world. In 1901, a representative of Lamont, Corliss and Company became the company’s first stateside sales representative. By 1908, a Peter’s manufacturing facility was opened in Fulton, New York. Some years later, Lamont, Corliss and Company purchased the company, which would become Nestlé’s Chocolate Company in 1951, proving how very small the world of chocolate truly is.

In 2002 the Peter’s brand was purchased by Cargill, Incorporated, which continues the tradition of producing milk chocolate from whole milk crumb in accordance with Daniel Peter’s original method."

Prices for bulk and recurring orders are negotiable.