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Did You Know?

  • Of all the varieties of chocolate available, from white to milk, dark chocolate is the healthiest.
  • Dark chocolate contains high levels of antioxidants that work to reduce your risk of cancer.
  • Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that can decrease your blood pressure.
  • The flavonoids in dark chocolate also help blood flow more smoothly, decreasing your risk of heart attack.
  • The flavonoids in chocolate that help your blood flow more smoothly also improve your cardiovascular function.
  • Some suggest the phenylethylamine in dark chocolate stimulates the nervous system, acting as an aphrodisiac.
  • Cocoa contains substances known to kill the bacteria in your mouth that cause tooth decay and cavities.
  • The higher cocoa content a chocolate has, the bigger the health benefit.
  • White chocolate has none of the antioxidant benefits of other chocolates since it contains no cocoa.
Chocolaterie Stam's First Store in Amsterdam

Old-World Traditions

Stam Family Bakery

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

Frits Stam 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.

Bon Bons

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!