Did you know we’ve been making delicious chocolates since 1911? In fact, our very first shop was opened in Sheffield by Joseph William Thornton, who handed the keys to his teenage sons Norman and Stanley and said:
‘Make this the best sweet shop in town!’
Well, they didn’t do a bad job, did they?
Over the next few years, as Thorntons got a name for itself, we created a uniquely rich and chewy ‘special’ toffee, that became so popular it became the fuel of the city’s steelworkers. And later, just after the Second World War, they hired one of Europe’s finest chocolatiers, Walter Willen, to bring Europe’s finest soft-centred chocolates to the UK and created Continental.
Today, we’re based in Derbyshire, employ some 4,000 chocolate lovers around the UK and we’re proud to be one of the best-loved and oldest names on the high street. But we haven’t forgotten our roots. We still make our extra special toffee and we’re still famous for our delicious Continentals. Most importantly, the joy and wide-eyed wonder of two small boys running a sweet shop remains at the heart of everything we do, constantly surprising us with new and ever more amazing recipes.