Inspired and educated by German chocolatiers Manfred and Erica Kolerg, Hahndorfs opened their first store in late 2001. North Balwyn, 7 kms from the Melbourne CBD, was selected as the perfect location.
The North Balwyn store was the first in Melbourne to offer a café style chocolate shop producing chocolate so that customers could relax, enjoy a coffee, hot chocolate, milk shake and cakes while sampling the chocolates.
Many other chocolate shops have mimicked the idea, however Hahndorfs have stuck to their initial concept and increased production and the range to suit the customer’s tastes.
As a result of the success of the initial store, further shops opened across Melbourne and Geelong offering the same handmade truffles, chocolates, chocolate boxes & hampers to eager customers.
Due to the increase in demand, Hahndorfs opened a second factory in 2004 at the base of the Dandenong Ranges just outside Melbourne to produce over 70 products making up the Hahndorf range.
Today, customers are welcome to visit any of the stores to see and enjoy the every changing chocolate creations on offer.