Our two families met when Tom became Sam’s apprentice at the chocolate shop Sam was working for. It wasn’t long before they were collaborating on flavors and pieces, trying new chocolates, and experimenting with ideas and techniques inspired by other chocolatiers they met from around the world.
Sam and Tom each had similar dreams: to open their own chocolate shop. Both figured it was a few years away. But as fate would have it, the universe decided to accelerate those plans. Sam and her husband’s house caught fire, and while they lost nearly everything they owned, the catastrophe gave them a wake-up call. Life was too short, and there was never going to be a perfect time to open the shop they dreamed of. So, while Sam and her husband worked to rebuild their house, Sam and Tom, together with their spouses, decided it was time to go into business.
The first year, it was all about creating exquisite chocolate for family, friends, and La Cascade du Chocolat’s growing following at farmer’s markets. When we found the location in Exeter, we knew it was the perfect spot to take the next step.