La Petite Chocolat is a boutique chocolate shop and a creative confection kitchen on Heretaunga St East in Hastings. Our mission is to provide top quality chocolate products in the most environmentally and socially responsible way we can.
We hold true to our philosophy of keeping our business ethical, transparent and environmentally responsible. We import our chocolate from Kaoka, a company based in France that works with and supports organic, fairtrade growers around the cocoa world.
We avoid unnecessary plastic packaging by using recyclable and reusable materials and keep waste to a minimum by making our packaging in house or locally on demand. We hand deliver or invite local businesses to pick up their orders to avoid shipping, saving transport costs and the need for protective packaging.
We started our small business adventure after returning to New Zealand after living in France, where Annissa trained under the wing of Paul Keruel, an 80 year old artisan chocolatier in the beautiful village of Beaufort-sur-Gervanne in the southeastern countryside. Alongside her partner in crime Joe, La Petite Chocolat had it’s debut making chocolates in a rented kitchen in what is now Rod MacDonald wines Cellar door in Te Awanga, Hawke's Bay and a self built cool store in the garage of the house they shared.
Anissa made all of our products alone by hand tempering the chocolate into simple and elegant chocolate bars and sold them at the farmers market.
Since launching, we’ve grown from our little market stall and can be found in over 50 stockists around New Zealand. Our chocolate couverture is used by some of the best New Zealand chocolatiers, confection and pastry chefs and we supply a range of products to retailers from lodges to organic shops, air bnb's to cafes and the likes. We’ve expanded our product range and have hired a Jr Chocolatier and a Sales and Marketing team to help keep our ever growing business on track.
Our team is very eclectic, each bringing in a range of special talents that make our business work. We come together with our love of chocolate and a passion for ethical and sustainable business practices. We embrace the artistic and creative nature of our trade and love spreading it with reckless abandon with our customers. We truly love what we do. All of our products are made by hand in our shop including most of our packaging and labels. Anything we’re unable to do ourselves is sourced locally first.