As early as 1817, an ancestor of the Stam family ran a bakery just north of Amsterdam, Holland. Over time, Stam's family bakery developed a reputation for quality pastries and chocolates. In 1913, after receiving numerous requests from devout customers urging him to specialize exclusively in chocolate, Jacobus Stam turned his passion to fine chocolate and created Chocolaterie Stam.
The Next Generation
Decades later, in 1930, three of Jacobus's sons, Frits, Wim and Jaap and his only daughter, Fredi, decided to join their father in business and assist him in bringing joy to people's lives through fine chocolate. At this time, Frits, Wim and Jaap each developed their own branch of Chocolaterie Stam. Frits's business grew to be very successful and was later joined in 1978 by his second eldest son, Ad. The youngest of Frits's seven sons, Ton, felt that America would appreciate his father's chocolate as much as Netherlanders did and decided to bring fine chocolate to America.
Chocolaterie Stam Today
The tradition of making fine Dutch chocolate continues at Chocolaterie Stam's corporate store where our production facility is located. Here, Ton's nephew and Ad's youngest child, Erik, a Dutch Master Chocolatier, shares his love, passion and skill for making exquisite bonbons and fine confections with America. Now Americans can experience the nearly 100-year-old Dutch tradition of fresh cream and nut filled bonbons from Chocolaterie Stam.
In 2006, Chocolate Stam USA embarked on its initial franchising efforts in the United States, bringing Chocolaterie Stam to Ames, Iowa. Today you can enjoy the unique and personal experience of Chocolaterie Stam in over six states. Chocolaterie Stam offers the following products: exquisite bonbons and other fine confections, our own rich coffee blend, and homemade Italian gelato and sorbetto in a plethora of flavors.
Proudly, the family tradition of making bonbons and other fine confections continues!